A Foreword of the Management team of the new "Regional Arrangement on the Radiocommunication Service for Inland Waterways"
When a revised version of the Regional Arrangement on the Radiocommunication Service for Inland Waterways came into force in April 2012, it again focused on the harmonized use of frequencies, technical elements and operational procedures for shipping throughout Europe. As stated in the Preamble of the Regional Arrangement, this set of regulations is aiming at common principles and rules for a safe carriage of people and goods on inland waterways.
The revised Regional Arrangement also created the legal basis for establishing the new Committee RAINWAT as the forum for administering and further optimizing the Regional Arrangement. Compared to the past, this opened up completely new possibilities to respond appropriately to the needs and requirements of the inland waterways community.
More than half a century ago, there already existed international regulations about the communication by radio on the river Rhine. Looking at a world which has substantially changed since then, we now find ourselves in the historical context of the Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine, of the Danube Commission and the Moselle Commission, in the political context of EU member states and non-EU member states, in the geographical context of an inland waterways network from the North Sea to the Black Sea, and in the technological context of advanced digital systems, be it on-board ships or ashore.
This is a vast playing field with many facets and dimensions – however, modern and dependable radiocommunications remain vital and essential for safe navigation.
Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Germany
Chairman of the Committee RAINWAT
Czech Telecommunication Office
Vice-Chairman of the Committee RAINWAT