In this section you will find useful resources concerning small craft and inland waterways legislation.
Find reference links below.
Budapest Convention on the Contract for the Carriage of Goods by Inland Waterways
CMNI came into force on 1 April 2005 and is available in English, Dutch, German and French languages. Since then nearly all of the European inland shipping countries have signed the Convention which provides for the first time a unified law applicable for the contract of carriage on inland waterways. The Convention covers the fundamental rules governing the legal relationship between the carrier and the shipper. The principal rules are compulsory and there are only limited ways to agree on different terms.
The Convention applies only to international transports when the port of loading and the port of discharge are located in two different states of which at least one is a member state to the Convention. In case the voyage in question relates to both inland waterways and the sea, the Convention is applicable unless either the length of the sea leg exceeds the inland waterway part, or a maritime bill of lading has been issued.
Budapest Convention on the Contract for the Carriage of Goods by Inland Waterways (CMNI)
Strasbourg Convention on the limitations of the responsibilities on the inland waterways
After some years of discussions between the various member states, the final act for the adoption of the Strasbourg Convention 2012 on the Limitation of Liability in Inland Navigation was signed on 27 November 2012, which will ultimately replace the current 1998 Strasbourg Convention.
The new Convention introduces an enlarged scope of application (the previous convention was restricted in its application only to the River Rhine and Mosel) and is now open to the Danube countries. The new convention introduces increased limits, particularly in respect of injury and death of passengers, and damages arising from the carriage of dangerous goods.
Strasbourg Convention on the limitations of the responsibility on the inland waterways (CLNI)
European Agreement Concerning the International Carriage for Dangerous Goods by Inland Waterways
The European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Inland Waterway (ADN) was signed at Geneva on 26 May 2000 and entered into force on 29 February 2008. ADN aims to ensure
- a high level of safety of international carriage of dangerous goods by inland waterways,
- contribute effectively to the protection of the environment by preventing any pollution resulting from accidents or incidents during such carriage and
- facilitating transport operations and promoting international trade in dangerous goods.
The regulations contain provisions concerning dangerous substances and articles, provisions concerning their carriage in packages and in bulk on board inland navigation vessels as well as provisions concerning the construction and operation of such vessels. They also address requirements and procedures for inspections, the issue of certificates of approval, recognition of classification societies, monitoring, training and examination of experts.
European Agreement Concerning the International Carriage for Dangerous Goods by Inland Waterways (ADN)