Part A : logistic studies
Target : this 1st part of the PARM aims at proving the opportunity & feasibility of a modal shift project.
Principle : provide potential clients (shippers or freight forwarders, terminal operators, …) with a subsidy to a feasibility study.
Notice : the feasibility study may be carried out either internally (internal costs subject to prior VNF approval)
grant rate : 50 % of investment cost (subject to VNF prior approval, grant limited to 25 000 €
Part B : provide financial support to IWT experiments
Target : this is to provide a shipper or any other potential client with a support to an IWT experiment.
Such an experiment aims at checking “on the ground” the quality & competitiveness of inland waterway transport.
A potential client may wish to ensure that IW transport will not damage the goods, and will do the job on budget and on time. Such an experiment will however break his current logistics, and lead to unexpected additional costs.
This part of the PARM is to pay for a share of this overcost.
Notice : a client may start an experiment after or without carrying out a feasibility study (as specified in previous slide)
Grant rate : 25 % of operational additionnal costs, grant limited to 75 000 €
Part C : financial support to investments
target : provide existing or new IWT clients with a financial support to their investments in handling facilities (cranes, conveyor belts, gantry cranes, reachstackers, …)
Principle : VNF signs an agreement including a commitment from the investor to shift to IW a certain amount of cargo, every year. VNF pays a yearly grant depending on this additional cargo to IW. The total amount of VNF’s grant is calculated upon a total provisional amount shifted to IW over the agreement’s duration.
Grant rate : 1 € for 1000 additional tons-kilometers shifted to IW (grant limited to 30% of VNF approved investments, and to 500 000 € per investment)