Advantages And Disadvantages Of Inland Waterways

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TRANSPORT ECONOMICS 2B INLAND WATERWAYS JA POLAKOW 201381093 Inland waterways are made up of navigable rivers, canals or lagoons. It is one of the oldest means of transporting goods from point to point. Inland waterways play a pivotal role in the viable alternative or addition to road transport with the movement of goods through a country. Inland waterways are environmentally friendly which is a benefit we need in moving towards the future. When inland waterways are used properly, even when we transporting bulk commodities, they are still more economically cost effective and efficient in moving freight to ports. Inland waterways are waterways that are navigable by rivers or even canals. In overseas countries, they play other roles other than navigation such as water supply, hydroelectric power and irrigation. However the use of inland waterways is not used as much in most countries In Europe, mainly France, Belgium, Germany and…show more content…
• Finally, it is not suitable for small businesses as it takes a longer time to transport these goods. The most promising potential of inland waterways in Africa will be that of the Nile. The Nile is bestowed with a number of rivers and lakes that have the ability to encourage inland waterways. “Nine of the 11 Nile riparian countries have navigable water bodies, and a total of 72 inland water ports between them, with Egypt and Uganda having the highest number.” (Source 4: The Role of Inland Water Transport in Support of Further Regional Integration. (2015). [online] Available at: SoB Report Chapter 7 - Transport.pdf [Accessed 25 Jul. 2015].) However, inland water transport in the Nile is not nearly as used even though it has the potential as due to the history in Africa, (civil wars, funding,

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