The development of the inland waterway transport system in Flanders (Belgium) : an institutional analysis
Institute for Transport en Maritime Management (ITMMA)
Asian Logistics Round Table 2012 Conference (ALRT 2012), University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, 14-15 June 2012
University of Antwerp
While the issue of governance and institutions in seaport systems has been addressed extensively in recent literature, few studies pay attention on this issue when it comes to inland waterway transport systems (IWT). In order to fill this gap, this paper aims at discussing the role of governance and institutions in the development of IWT in Belgium. We do so by first providing a literature review of existing port governance studies. Then, after a general discussion on IWT in the European Union, we discuss the case of the governance of IWT in Belgium (especially the Flemish area) with three essential factors: 1) functions of parties at different levels and their relationship; 2) financial governance regarding investments in IWT infrastructures and superstructures; 3) land use issues and concession issues of inland terminals. We conclude with a discussion on the role of institutions and governance in the development of IWT in Flanders, a region of Belgium, by analysing how governance and institutions play(ed) a role in the past and current development stage of the Belgian IWT system.