On the 17th and 18th of May 2018 the IVR Congress 2018 took place in Strasbourg, France.
150 Years Mannheim Act
The annual IVR congress took place under the auspices of the Central Commission for the Navigation on the Rhine which celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the Mannheim Act. Part of the two days congress was a workshop dedicated to “150 years Mannheim Act” (enclosure) at which the acting President of the CCNR, Achim Wehrmann, delivered a key note speech. The Mannheim Act constitutes the legal basis for the Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR) to which Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Switzerland are members. In fact it laid the basis for the development of modern inland waterway transport in Europe by introducing the freedom of navigation and important deriving legislation such as the safety of navigation and substitutes rules relating to the technical requirements of vessels and the crew.
Norbert Plancher, representative of the French insurance association, takes over presidency in the coming two years