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WP2 | Fleet


Besides infrastructure and personnel, the fleet is a central component in the inland waterway transport system. In addition to ship size, modernisation and innovation have considerably influenced efficiency and thus competitiveness as well as environmental and safety standards. However, substantial parts of the fleet still need further improvement, while significant modernisation and innovation potentials remain untapped. With this background, purposeful support for comprehensive modernisation and innovation is urgently required.

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Work Package leader biography

Catherine Leleu (Europe and New Products Division Manager) holds a degree in English and German from the University of Lille III (France), a master's degree in marketing and e-business from the ESC Lille Business School (France), export and a sales management certificate from the EDHEC Lille Business School (France). At VNF she is responsible for cooperation with the European Union for the promotion and development of inland waterways transportation and the implementation of River Information Services (fairway and traffic information, cargo and fleet management, value added services).

3 questions to Catherine Leleu

  • What do you like most about your work?
    - To share human experiences with people from all over Europe and to understand the stakes their institutions are facing in their respective countries.
    - To take up the challenge of the development of Inland Waterway Transport, a challenge combining sustainable development as well as business growth.
    - The diversity of subjects covered by PLATINA (training, infrastructures, markets…) makes the work very interesting and never boring.
  • If you could have one wish for inland navigation, what would it be?
    That the assets of the Inland Waterway Transport become more recognized and used to the maximum of their capacities.
  • What does PLATINA do for you?
    - Creates more interactions among VNF.
    - Helps us to assess our problems at a European scale, it gives VNF more visibility of the European environment and we hope that by the end of the project PLATINA will reinforce our means of action.
    - Strengthen our relations with our European partners.