Integrating ship design and transport economics in an application for the reactivation of the small inland shipping network
Faculty of Applied Economics
NAV 2012 17th International Conference on Ships and Shipping Research, Naples, Italy, 17 - 19 October 2012
University of Antwerp
Inland shipping in North Western Europe is well known transportation mode which can make use of a large and dense inland waterway network. However in the last 45 years no new small inland ships have been built. As a result the small inland fleet is diminishing, and cargo formally transported by small inland ships, risk being shifted to road transportation. The aim of this paper is to shortly clarify the reasons behind the reduction of the small inland fleet. The second aim is to show that it is best to integrate the transport economics and (preliminary) design into a single model to evaluate new types of ships. In the concept development stage it is important to both look at the technical and the economical aspect. The third aim is to show that it is possible to re-activate the small inland waterways with a developed new inland navigation system that, first of all, can compete with its competitors, primarily road transportation, and also provide a sustainable transport option. An application will be made for the Flemish small inland waterway network.