European Inland Shipping

New inland shipping training ship for STC Group has been ordered:

Nice clean design for a push bow:

April 20, 2021: Passing here in the Gouwekanaal in Gouda is not that bad, but at the narrow passage in Boskoop you sometimes have to wait for each other. Here the LEENDERT-ANGELINA (1939!) and, the departing,GOUWENAAR II (2017). meeting in a “black” and an (almost) “green” canal

One more inland container carrier:

m.v. GOUWENAAR II (2017) leaves the Juliana lock in Gouda with empty containers to pick up new ones in Alphen aan den Rijn. Filled with beer, with the red (Heineken) star in front, they find their way through the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp all over the world. Photos: Willem J.G. Kruiswijk ©

Colourful inland ship with a message:

The ARGIE inbound for Rotterdam passing Maassluis.
Photo: Cees Kloppenburg Maritime photo Maassluis

7 rudders should suffice:

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A very different kind of European Inland vessel:

A towing barge originally had an one horse propulsion. The horse pulling the tow barge followed the towing path close to the water line.


Not a horse in sight on the pictures. There is some kind of drive to be seen underneath the rudder.

No horse, no problem…

You didn’t expect a replica of a traditional Canal Barge built in 2021 to be totally without some sort of propulsion, did you??
Are the tow paths along the Dutch canals still in place and uninterrupted?

No horse, no problem. No propulsion, BIG problem.

The USCG still issues licenses for “Master of Mule Drawn Passenger Barges On the C&O Canal.” It’s a Federal waterway and thus the operators need licenses to run the tourist barges. And a TWIC:
No idea why CNN nad other media kept calling the “mule skinners.”


A network of canals was dug for the transport of goods and persons by the towing barges. In 1839 it was over with the fun due to the introduction of the train.


These days most towing paths have disappeared but substantial stretches are still there although more than 180 years have gone by since the closing of this service. Quite surprising.

Dutch variety of Lift Boat on inland move along rivers and canals::

Skylift 3000 barge SKYLIFT 23 passed Gorinchem enroute to Ravenstein at Deest. Photo : Arie Boer ©

PS> Legs laying on deck to get under bridges enroute.

Gas tanker BRINJAL seen navigating on river Waal near Zaltbommel Netherlands. Photo : Joost Roeland ©

Any similarity??:

Another inland tanker enter service:

Inland tanker MTS “MADEIRA” 110x11,45m passed her sea trials successfully. The hull, designed and built by RensenDriessen Shipbuilding, measures 110 x 11.45 meters. The outfitting has been realized by our partner Kooiman Marine Group. RensenDriessen congratulates JRJ Shipping with the completion and wishes MTS “MADEIRA” and her crew a safe journey.

Pusher tug ABOMA navigating the Schelde
Photo: Walter de Groot (c)

The VERA and Ro-Ro 1 are transporting fuel tankers of the US Air Cavalry Brigade to Germany.
Photo: Chris Rombouts ©

Inland RoRo vessel Vera with RoRo barge Ro-Ro 1 at Antwerp, Belgium February 2009
Photo: foggy [View profile]

Inland shipping in Europe need upgrading to improve modal shifting from main ports to inland ports v.v.:

The inland container vessel Inge is pushing her companion barge Inge II and for good measure, a newbuilt hull of another barge since they were going the same way:

Inland waterway vessel INGE and INGE II had a newbuild hull connected taken from east Europe for final fitting out in Holland.
Photo: Arie Boer ©