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MARIN research plays key role in new government guidelines for inland waterways in rivers

AuthorsDick ten Hove
Conference/JournalMARIN Report 128
Date21 Jan 2020
Reading time3 minutes
Rijkswaterstaat is responsible for the design, construction, management and maintenance of the main infrastructure facilities in the Netherlands, including the inland waterway network and water systems.
To support the design and construction, Rijkswaterstaat developed the Waterways Guidelines in 1996, which evolved into the latest 2017 edition (RVW 2017). The RVW 2017 are restricted to waterways with a limited longitudinal flow velocity (less than 0.5 m/s). However, it is evident that in almost all free-flowing rivers this flow velocity is exceeded. Therefore in 2015 Rijkswaterstaat decided to develop integral guidelines for inland waterways with a longitudinal flow velocity of more than 0.5 m/s.


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MARIN coordinated the research programme in close cooperation with Deltares, the Dutch institute for applied research in the field of water and subsurface. In addition to an extensive literature review, we performed fast-time simulations and traffic flow analyses for the verification of the impact of water flow on the manoeuvring behaviour of a range of inland ship types, dimensioning of a fairway in a meandering river, dimensioning of junctions in a river and the design of harbour entrances and harbours along a river.

Results were integrated into an extended version of the RVW 2017

inland waterwaysrijkswaterstaatfast-time simulations