Government bodies and commercial cargo transport companies charged with transport allocation must strive for the most economic use of resources, which requires a careful analysis of the transport costs and capacities of different transport modes. One of the main advantages of Inland Waterways Transport (IWT) is that the transport capacity is high but the costs are low.

Royal HaskoningDHV fully understands the ever growing importance of social and environmental issues surrounding such transport. As such, we advocate an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to the decision-making process in IWT development investments.

A key problem for inland waterway development is finding the optimal balance between adapting the means of transport to natural physical conditions, as well as ensuring improved navigability for vessels.

Drawing on our Dutch heritage and experience of IWT projects around the world, Royal HaskoningDHV can lead IWT projects through all phases, including:

  • Surveys and investigations

  • Master planning

  • Cargo forecasting

  • Economic studies

  • Social and environmental impact assessment

  • Planning, design and supervision of infrastructure, dredging, river training works and terminals

  • Aids to Navigations

  • Institutional development