As part of the sustainability concept for the entire transport and logistics sector, the Federal Ministry of Transport has been taking efforts to shift freight off the road towards more clean options such as rail and inland waterways. Here, waterway transport is particularly distinguished by low energy consumption and lower CO2 emissions. According to the Bundesverband der Deutschen Binnenschiffahrt e.V. (BDB, Federal Association of German Inland Water Transportation), barges consume on average 67% less energy than trucks and 35% less energy than trains. And where less fuel is burned, less waste and emissions emerge, too. A further advantage of inland waterway transport is the optimized transport capacity of large barges and pushed tow systems.
Both DTG and the connected shipowners have been convinced of the benefits of inland navigation for more than 100 years.
You, too, can profit from the advantages of a safe, efficient and eco-friendly means of transport. Rely on our fleet!
The tug-barge system Futura/Matura, a DTG member, was one of the first inland waterway vessels for dry cargo in Germany to receive the Green Award. This proves that shipowners live up to their environmental responsibility and keep up-to-date with the latest developments. Yet, this award does not only certify optimal environmental management, low air pollution, and low sewage: certificate holders are even granted demurrage discounts by Dutch ports.