Consequences of climate change for inland shipping (HSRR08)

For a large part the competitive position of the inland waterway transport sector is determined by price and reliability. These could be placed under pressure due to the effects of climate change. That might result in loss of cargo to other modes of transport, and thus might impact the portion in the modal split. An increase in costs and a less reliable inland waterway transport also has negative consequences for the competitive position of sea harbours with a connection to major rivers, because they depend on transhipment to inland waterway transport.

The goal of this research was to clarify the effects of climate change on inland waterway transport and identify potential solutions. The research question was: How can the effects of climate change on the inland waterway transport be reduced via the Dutch seaports, like the Port of Rotterdam, as to:

    1. Maintain the desired share of the inland waterway transports modal split for the Port of Rotterdam in the future; and
    2. Offer the private sector insight in the reliability of inland waterway transports for the supply and demand of goods?

This research can be subdivided into three subfields: low water levels, high water levels and sealevel rise / management of the Maeslant barrier. This subdivision was chosen because each subfield is affected by different problems. 

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