TFF Waterways Transporters logoA new organisation has been created jointly by the Waterways Shipowners Committee (CAF) and the  Waterways Transport Organisation (CNBA). The purpose of the TFF (Transporteurs Fluviaux de France – French Waterway Carriers) is to promote the use of canals and rivers for the transport of goods.

It was launched at a meeting on 16th April where the Minister of Transport, Frédéric Cuvillier, was present and discussions on the day focused on some important topics –

  • Encouragement of passenger transport – a currently healthy sector but one that has constraints that could be ameliorated.
  • The threatened Seine-Nord Grand Gabarit canal project.

The Minister confirmed three initiatives concerning waterway transport –

  1. 10m€ in funds for schemes to assist the move from roads to waterways.
  2. A request to the E.U for 15m€ in funding to help modernisation of the commercial barge fleet.
  3. The establishment of professional qualifications for inland waterways transport.