Workshop Strasbourg 2018

On the 17th May 2018 the IVR Workshop took place in Strasbourg during the IVR Congress 2018.

The IVR-Congress 2018 took place on 17& 18 May in Strasbourg to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Mannheim Act. For this occasion the Central Commission for the Navigation on the Rhine (CCNR) opens the doors of its venue, the famous “Palais du Rhin“ for our members to host the IVR-Workshop.This will be dealing with the topics “Autonomous sailing“ and “150 years Mannheim Act“.

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Workshop program

Thursday 17 May 2018 14:15- 18:00 hours
CCR, Palais Du Rhin, Strasbourg

The workshop is accessible for IVR members and non-members

With the positive feedback we received after last years‘ congress we again will invite a Keynote speaker to kick off the congress. This year Prof. Patrick Georges, Neurosurgeon at the University of Brussels, will challenge you “How to increase your effectiveness”. 

“Can an autonomous sailboat cross the Atlantic” the BBC headed on 16 November 2017.

Autonomous sailing like driving is in the focus of today’s discussions regarding the future mobility. In inland waterway transport the discussion is just about to start what is considered as autonomous sailing or “Automation of Navigation” and which levels could be distinguished. Where technologically all options might be open, the legal framework both regarding the technical side and the private law aspects does not support these developments so far. From this point of view many adaptations would be necessary to allow first steps into this direction. Besides other aspects like cyber security and data protection might have a major impact on the discussion regarding this topic.

Based on the actual situation the moderator and speakers in this part will focus on the various technical and legal aspects and expected developments in the coming years as well as the question whether there is a necessity to regulate, and if, to what extent and how.

Moderation and introduction to set the scene by Gernot PAULI, Chief engineer CCNR

Moderation and introduction to set the scene by Gernot PAULI, Chief engineer CCNR


James FANSHAWE CBE, UK Marine Industry Alliance and Chairman Marine Atuonomous Systems Regulatory Working Group (MASRWG)

Dr. Robert VAN DEN HOVEN VAN GENDEREN LL.M.PHD, Director Center for Law and Internet, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam:
– Artificial intelligence in traffic and transport with some legal and ethical notions.

Dr. Johannes TROST, Member Legal Committee IVR, Lawyer LEBUHN & PUCHTA, Hamburg

The Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR) was formally constituted in 1815, based on the Treaty of Paris of 30 May 1814 which laid down the principle of the freedom of navigation on the major international rivers of Europe. In 1868 this lead to the adoption of the Mannheim Act, which will celebrate its 150th anniversary this year. The Mannheim Act of 17 October 1868 introduced the principle of the free navigation on the Rhine and the possibility for those member States of the CCNR to adopt common regulations, such as in the field of technical regulations, the transport of dangerous goods, police regulations etc. It was the birth of an “EU avant la letter” in the field of inland navigation. The entering into force of the Mannheim Act in 1868 lead to the industrial development along the river and the prosperity of the Rhine Riparian States. Since the 80ies of the last century the European Economic Community also started to work on a liberalised transport market. This lead to regulations in the field of inland navigation, which in areas such as the technical regulations were based upon the regime applying on the Rhine as elaborated by the CCNR. Lately, the European Union and CCNR started to cooperate by signing administrative agreements and in 2015, the European committee for drawing up Standards in the field of Inland Navigation (CESNI) was set up. The purpose of this committee is in first instance to adopt technical standards in various fields, in particular as regards vessels, information technology and crew, to which the respective regulations at European and international level, including those of the European Union and the CCNR, may refer with a view to their application. In practice this will lead to one set of rules applying in all EU and CCNR states with navigable waterways and thus avoiding diverging rules in the very areas, as is the case today. We will discuss these developments with High Level Representatives of the CCNR and the European Commission as well as representatives of the industry in a panel.

Panel chaired by Theresia Hacksteiner, Secretary General IVR  


Achim WEHRMANN, President CCNR, Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Bonn

Daniela ROSCA, European Commission DG Mobility and Transport, Head of Unit Ports and Inland Navigation

Didier LEANDRI, Président Déléguée CAF and member of the French delegation in CCNR

Dr. Martin FISCHER, Chair Legal Committee IVR, Lawyer Frankfurt.

  • For IVR Congress participants the Workshop is included in congress fee

  • For IVR-members and non-members not attending the congress EURO 50,– excl.  VAT

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