Inland vessels tranport around 92 million tonnes of dangerous goods annually. This mainly involves flammable substances (tanker shipping), but also chemicals and waste products. The transport of dangerous goods by inland waterways is governed by the ADN, a European treaty signed by 18 countries, incorporated in Dutch legislation.
Tasks of the ILT
The ILT ensures that tankers and other inland vessels transport their liquid or dry cargo of hazardous substances safely. In ports, the ILT checks whether dangerous goods are unloaded and loaded in compliance with the rules and regulations. The inspectorate works together with the police, Rijkswaterstaat (Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management) and port authorities.