European inland waterway transport at Rhenus

Waterways connect various markets in Europe. Furthermore, inland waterway vessels represent a cost-effective and climate-friendly mode of transport. With close to 1,000 ship units and capacities of up to 10,000 tonnes per unit, Rhenus transports goods with a large variety.

Rhenus: The go-to inland waterway expert

Rhenus: The go-to inland waterway expert

In Europe, we deploy our ships for you on all navigable waterways. Each year, we transport up to 30 million tonnes of bulk goods from all relevant goods groups. The cargo includes steel products, containers and installations. As of now, we have an extensive network of branches along the most important waterways and hubs at our disposal. Furthermore, our bunker and bilge oil boats work the European inland waterways.


Rhenus Vietnam started the launch of our logistics services on the Rhine Lake, providing port logistics include designing, managing and operating international supply chains. Inland waterway ports serve as vital interfaces for regional and global flows of commodities in terms of transhipment, storage, and onward transportation – whether this involves raw materials or finished goods, containers, or bulk goods. Overseas, we can handle your products travelling on the water using our facilities, particularly our port terminals, and include our partners worldwide. We can also organize the necessary collection and final delivery that runs beyond the quayside.

Our services for different types of goods

Whether powdery, granular or lumpy mixture

Rhenus Vietnam and its inland waterway vessels support many by transporting a range of starting materials, and raw materials include agricultural products, building materials, aggregates, energy sources, ores, etc.

Bigger, heavier, farther

We handle the transport of the most diversified types of general cargo for our customers. For example, we transport products from the steel industry, large and heavy construction parts and all break bulk cargo.

Certified feed transport

GMP+ certification has established itself as a high standard for the transportation of agricultural products. Our inland waterway fleet is equipped with the necessary certificates, making us a reliable logistics partner for the agriculture industry across global borders.

Professional transport of various types of waste

We take charge of the transportation of waste demands in compliance with all legal requirements. The Rhenus fleet of inland waterway vessels has ships that meet all the necessary European requirements to transport waste and other hazardous materials. These include materials such as waste wood, glass, contaminated soil and industrial slag in various volumes.

Service provider for inland waterway transport

A significant number of our bilge oil boats collect oil and greasy ship operating waste. Waste includes empty oil containers and oily cleaning rags from inland waterway vessels. Their primary task is the collection and professional disposal of bilge oil. Our ships can treat the bilge water while still transporting on the waterway. The separated waste oil is collected in our systems and fed into the economic cycle in processed form. We also supply goods and passenger shipping on all European waterways with marine diesel, lubricants, drinking water and other required products.

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European network

With our Europe-wide network and our customer-centric mindset, we integrate our specified fleet of ships as a reliable component in all supply chains. We can also respond to customer-specific requirements with local branches well-versed in the individual particularities of the markets.


Centuries of experience

Inland waterway transport has been a fundamental component of the Rhenus Group for over 200 years. Due to the high proportion of our own proprietary shipping space and the increasing trust throughout our collaboration with long-standing partners, you can benefit from our experience in supporting your needs.


Just in time is everything

We know the importance of punctuality in transportation and integrated supply chains. Through inland waterway transport, we can provide ideal time planning capability. Our dedicated colleagues can ensure the highest safety, punctuality of your goods and meet your requirements.


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