Small Waterways Innovation Day

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.

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On Tuesday March 10th 2020 the government published a guideline to delay the further community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). As we are monitoring the situation with the crisis closely, the management of De Vlaamse Waterweg nv and the board of Watertruck+ decided to postpone the event of the Small Waterways Innovation day of 18th of March in Ostend to a later date.  We will notify you as soon as we have more information. In the meantime, we apologies for any inconvenience this may cause and we hope to welcome you in the near future. Please do not hesitate to contact us, should you have any further questions.


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 Registrations
  • 14.00 Welcome speech – Engr. Dominique Van Hecke, Managing Director (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 Insights from DG Move – Hugues Van Honacker, Senior Expert (Unit D3 – Ports and Inland Navigation DG Move)
  • 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 – Hugues Van Honacker (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


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