Inland waterway transport

Environment-friendly, low energy consuming, silent, safe…

Inland waterway transport has many advantages and helps relieve road traffic congestion. Waterways have been at the centre of Somef’s activities since 1920.

Its line of business:  organisation of inland waterway transport through chartering or its own fleet for its customers.

River-sea transport

Somef organises transport between Liège and several ports in Ireland, the United Kingdom and Spain.  Specially designed to sail at sea as well as on rivers and canals, its coasters have a capacity of 1,400 to 1,900 tonnes.  Somef can, upon request, also serve the Baltic Sea, the French Atlantic coast, the north of the Iberian peninsula and all the British Isles.

River-sea transport has undeniable advantages for Somef:

  • First of all, it avoids loading and unloading operations which are particularly costly;
  • Far from the constraints of large sea ports, it boasts flexibility that is highly appreciated;
  • It is perfectly adaptable to small quantities or exceptional products;
  • It is moreover extremely rapid because it is available round the clock, year round.


Products handled

  • Bulk:  scrap, gravel, coal, ore, building materials, waste, cereals, etc.
  • Conventional products: steel products, wood, palletised products, big bags, kegs, etc.
  • Exceptional products: large pieces


Industrial services

  • Customs agency

Shipping agency: coordination and monitoring of handling, administrative, technical and medical assistance for the crew when vessels call



0 millions T
shipped in 2015 via inland waterways safely and ecologically
fewer trucks on our roads in 2015
0 towboats
and 7 barges (type Europa 2450 T) and 2 barges (1200 T)