Better use of Dutch waterways

By Koos van der Spek

Met de aanleg van de tweede Maasvlakte maakt het containertransport een grote groei door. Nederland is hét Europese knooppunt van transport over water, onze vaarwegen behoren tot de drukste ter wereld. Vervoer over water is een uitstekend alternatief voor weg en spoor maar er blijft nog veel capaciteit onbenut. Om de potentie van onze vaarwegen goed te gebruiken moet daar verbetering in komen.

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Skippers love their freedom, the wide water, the punishing wind. And short waiting times, of course!

With the construction of the second Maasvlakte, container transport is experiencing great growth. The Netherlands is the European hub for transport by water, and our waterways are among the busiest in the world. Water transport is an excellent alternative to road and rail, but there is still a lot of unused capacity. To make good use of the potential of our waterways, this must be improved.

In order for inland vessels to flow well, good information on and along the waterways is necessary. With up-to-date information on the position, cargo and planned route of ships, Rijkswaterstaat employees can do their work better. They can better inform waterway users about the current situation at locks and bridges so that they can better manage their sailing plans. That means shorter waiting times and more predictable travel times.

As program manager, Highberg focuses on bringing in these benefits and, to this end, realizes various projects involving the development of ICT systems.

Want to know more? Feel free to ask Koos van der Spek

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