Policy Analysis of Water Management for the Netherlands

Vol. IX, Assessment of Impacts on Shipping and Lock Operation

by Joseph G. Bolten


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This volume discusses the data, methodology, results, and conclusions relevant to each aspect of the study. Chapter 2 describes inland shipping operations in the Netherlands and their importance to Western Europe. Chapter 3 discusses shipping costs and the problem of defining what cost elements should be considered in the analysis. Chapter 4 explains the need for the low water loss functions, and presents their development. Chapter 5 considers the implications of water management policies for the size of the shipping fleet in the long run. Chapter 6 discusses the general problem of lock analysis. Chapter 7 explains the general methodology for estimating the impact of major changes in the shipping network and its operation. Chapter 8 discusses the structure of the industry and market, explaining how difficult it is to determine direct and indirect effects of changes in shipping costs. Chapter 9 summarizes the results of the analysis, and presents observations and conclusions about the relationship between shipping and water management policies.

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