Small Waterways Innovation Day

25 February 2020 - Published by Haije Mintjes
Inland shipping is a climate-friendly means of transport for large volumes of goods. Nevertheless, many European waterways are hardly used, if at all. IWTS 2.0 (Inland Waterway Transport Solutions) and Watertruck+ change this by innovating. Watertruck+ and IWTS 2.0 showcase IWT solutions in an inclusive perspective involving: barges, loading, unloading, simulation opportunities, legislation and automated sailing. A live automated sailing demonstration is part of our program.

18 March 2020
13.30–18.15 p.m.

Inner harbour at Verhelst Natuursteen
Bargestraat 2

Near the Plassendale bridge, at the location of Quay 740 on the Ostend-Ghent canal. The location is best reached by taking exit 5b (Oudenburg) on the A10 motorway.


  • 13.30 Welcome and registrations
  • 14.00 Introduction – De Vlaamse Waterweg nv
  • 14.15 Insights – Lydia Peeters, Flemish Minister for Mobility and Public Works
  • 14.30 Watertruck+ in practice: shippers share their findings – Patrick Degryse (Group De Cloedt) and Nick Celis (André Celis)
  • 14.50 The future of inland navigation at European level: the Innovation & Networks Executive Agency’s (INEA) vision
  • 15.10 IWTS 2.0
    • Arjen Mintjes, director (Maritieme Academie Harlingen)
    • Jörn Josef Boll (Inland shipping simulator Maritieme Academie Harlingen)
    • Pieter Zandhuis
    • Danny Vanrijkel (POM Oost-Vlaanderen - Overview transshipment methods for IWW)
  • 15.40 The legal framework for automated ships – De Vlaamse Waterweg nv / RIS
  • 16.00 Debate and Q&A – DG Move, Patrick Degryse (Group De Cloedt), Arjen Mintjes (Maritieme Academie Harlingen), De Vlaamse Waterweg nv
  • 16.30 Live demonstration of a Watertruck+ and subsequent network reception
  • 18.15 End

Register here