The Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate monitors whether the transport of dangerous goods through inland waterways by river vessels satisfies the provisions stipulated in the Carriage of Dangerous Goods Act. Every year, several hundred inspections are carried out, both on the water and the quayside, as well as company inspections throughout the country.

The Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate is increasingly conducting themed inspections derived from risk analyses already made. A-selective inspections will also remain in place in the future. The Inspectorate’s authority is far-reaching – they can suspend transportation until infringements have been removed (administrative enforcement) and impose an order for periodic penalty payments.

They work closely with the Seaport Police, the National Police Agency water police and the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management in overseeing the safe transport of dangerous goods. Actions are co-ordinated (including annual plans and theme activities) in consultation with the other enforcement partners by means of the ADNR (Regulations for the Carriage of Dangerous Goods on the Rhine) and the PCHB (Permanent Contact Group for the Maintenance of Inland Navigation).

Permanent co-ordinating consultations

Maintenance of inland navigation/inland waterways is covered in permanent, co-ordinating consultations: the COVW (Consultative Body for Safe Transport on Water) for strategic decision-making, and the PCHB for operational co-ordination and implementation.

The following institutions are represented in these consultations: Public Prosecutions Department, Port Authorities, the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management, the National Police Agency, seaport police and inspection services.

There is close collaboration between the various supervisory bodies in the event that inland navigation overlaps with other shipping branches (i.e. board to board transhipment from an ocean-going vessel to a river vessel).