What we do

Our mission is to act, together with the national sectoral agencies, as a service provider and lobbyist for ports and shipping in the Saar-Lor-Lux Greater Region.

In 1962 the principle of freedom of navigation was agreed upon for the Moselle. We establish the rules and regulations that form the basis of this principle, especially with regard to safety regulations.

Between Koblenz and Thionville, shipping dues have to be paid on the Moselle. We lay down the conditions for, and determine the amounts of, these shipping dues.

Special legislation, the Moselle Waterway Police Ordinance, applies to the Moselle. We continuously adapt this body of rules to fit the situation as it stands, in order to guarantee that shipping traffic flows as freely as possible.

Construction projects are regularly carried out on the Moselle, for instance the lifting of bridges or the doubling of locks. We check all projects to verify that they are compatible with the interests of shipping.

If there are legal disputes with regard to shipping on the Moselle, jurisdiction lies initially with the relevant national shipping courts.
Should an appeal be lodged, however, our Board of Appeal may be resorted to as the court of ultimate resort, in place of the courts of appeal that normally have jurisdiction.

Because we carry out such a variety of duties, we cooperate closely with the relevant national administrative bodies and seek to collaborate with other institutions and intergovernmental bodies.

News

19.06.2024

Invitation to participate in EuRIS survey

The European waterway and traffic information portal EuRIS is currently carrying out a survey to [more]

24.04.2024

Public EU consultation on smart and flexible EU crewing rules in inland waterway transport

The European Commission has opened a public consultation on smart and flexible EU crewing rules in inland waterway transport.

Relevant stakeholders like member state’s [more]

01.02.2024

New recommendation of the European Commission on means to address the impact of automation and digitalisation on the transport workforce

On 29 November 2023, the European Commission (EC) adopted a recommendation on means to address the impact of automation and digitalisation on the transport workforce which is ad [more]

26.10.2022

Survey of De Vlaamse Waterweg nv regarding remote operation

The Belgian waterway operator De Vlaamse Waterweg nv has launched a short survey among the users of the Belgian inland waterway network regarding the planned remote ope [more]