Association for European Inland Navigation and Waterways

Phone +49-203-392190-15

Technical Committee for Barges

a joint committee of VBW and Schiffbautechnischer Gesellschaft (STG)
Foundation of the technical committee: 1977

The committee meets biannual.

He picks up current problems in practice just as he initiates and pursuits generally new developments. This happens through evaluation of practical experience, with the help of scientific elaboration or in connection with the execution of research assignments, in which the members of the committee or the companies/organizations behind them are involved. In this way a high scientific level is assured. 


Aims & Tasks
  • Recording of the performance of all waterways and inland ports
  • Representation of the potential uses and importance of waterways and ports for transport industry
  • Representation of the economic importance
  • Description of the multipurpose functions of waterways transport on their political importance also for ecology, water and energy sectors and for tourism and leisure
  • Analysis and proposals to remove weaknesses of the infrastructure
  • Suggestions for further development of the infrastructure of waterways and ports
  • Suggestions to speed up traffic flow
  • Proposals for the development of inland waterways in its network function

To this end, the Technical Committee examines a.o. the

  • Competitive position of inland waterway transport
  • Factors influencing the performance of the waterways and ports
  • Assignment of vessel sizes to waterway classes
  • Travel times on waterways
  • Design and equipment of the buildings on waterways
  • Information and communication services on and for waterways and ports
  • Conditions for container transport on inland waterways
  • Capacity of infrastructure networks
  • Services of transport channels
  • Traffic safety and the transportation of dangerous goods, including a comparison of transport modes
Structure & work methods

The members of the Technical Committee represent different fields, e.g.:

  • Inland shipping industry
  • Shippers
  • Management and Science
  • Inland Ports

Dipl.-Ing. Jens Ley

DST Entwicklungszentrum für Schiffstechnik und Transportsysteme e.V.

vice chairwoman
Friederike Dahlke-Wallat

DST Entwicklungszentrum für Schiffstechnik und Transportsysteme e.V.

Holger Bessel BG Verkehr
Steffan Bölker Generaldirektion Wasserstraßen und Schifffahrt, Außenstelle Südwest
Michael Föste Mitsui & Co. Deutschland GmbH
Gerco Hagesteijn MARIN
Dipl.-Ing. Andreas Hüsig Generaldirektion Wasserstraßen und Schifffahrt, Außenstelle Mitte
Hiro Inoue Mitsui & Co. Deutschland GmbH
Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Jasinski HTAG Häfen und Transport AG
Heinrich Kerstgens Rhenus SE & Co. KG
Dr.-Ing. Christian Masilge Schiffbau-Versuchsanstalt Potsdam GmbH
Dipl.-Ing. Gernot Pauli  
Dr.-Ing. Dirk Postel Postel Engineering
Erik L. Schultz Koninklijke BLN-Schuttevaer
Ragnar Schwefel VSM Verband für Schiffbau und Meerestechnik e.V.
Dr. Juha Schweighofer via donau
Peter Segieth Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur
Andreas Stommel Verband Verkehrswirtschaft und Logistik NRW e.V.
Frank Waldorf Ing.-Büro, Bad Honnef
Ralf Wittig Wittig GmbH
Dipl.-Ing. Joachim Zöllner DST Entwicklungszentrum für Schiffstechnik und Transportsysteme e.V.
Previous committee chairmen

1977 bis 1987: Professor Dr.-Ing. Martin Hager
1988 bis 1993: Dipl.-Ing. Raymund Hinricher
1993 bis 1995: Professor Dipl.-Ing. Dierk Schröder
1995 bis 1998: Dipl.-Ing. Claus Rost
1998 bis 2005: Dr.-Ing. Hans-Gerhard Knieß 

Work results

The Technical Committee has developped resp. prepared the following publications:

  • Collection of data and facts to illustrate the power of the inland navigation and its importance for the transport industry with the chapters
    - The inland waterway network and dimensional, hydro-mechanical and nautical boundary conditions of the waterways and ports (FA BwsH)
    - The fleet, enterprises and employees in inland waterways (FA VkW)
    - The performance and efficiency of inland navigation (FA VkW)
    - The environmentally friendly modes of inland water transport (FA VkW)
    - The efficiency of the inland ports (FA VkW)
  • Driving times of inland vessels
  • Assignment of vessel sizes to waterway classes
  • Adequate lock operating times
  • Suitability of inland waterways for container transport *)
  • Waterways and inland navigation in comparison to rail and road transport *)
  • Dynamics of inland navigation vessels (with FA Binsch)
  • The inland waterways of the Federal Republic of Germany *)
  • The ports in the Federal Republic of Germany and neighboring countries *)
  • Habitat waterway
  • The Computer Looks to the Future - Telematics in inland waterway transport
  • "The ports in the Federal Republic of Germany and other European countries" as a PDF file (207 kB)


*) These publications can be obtained from:
Binnenschiffahrts-Verlag GmbH
Dammstr. 15-17
47119 Duisburg (Ruhrort)
Phone: 0203/80006-20/-40 – Fax: 0203/80006-21
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The TC currently provides a priority in the subsequent issues, which it accordingly - sometimes in ad-hoc working-groups - pays special attention to:

  • Energy-saving motors
  • Reduce fuel consumption
  • Use of alternative and renewable energies
  • Self-(un)loading equipment
  • Interaction between ship and terminal
  • Extension of maintenance intervals
  • Reduction of pollutant and noise emissionsv
  • Suitability for driving on specific waterways
  • Interaction Ship - Waterway


Verein für europäische Binnenschiffahrt und Wasserstraßen e.V.
Haus Rhein
Dammstrasse 15-17
47119 Duisburg


Phone +49-203/392190-15
Fax: +49 - 203/392190-11
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