Riverlake Barging


Riverlake Barging was established in 2011. We specialize in inland barge brokerage. Based in Rotterdam, our main activity is to provide full shipbroker services on the marine transportation of liquid bulk products on inland waterways. We focus on bulk transportation of all liquid products; mineral oils, chemicals, bio-fuels, edible oils and gas. Our main geographical focus is on all European inland waterways (incl. the rivers Rhine, Elbe, Danube, Seine, Rhone and the European canals) and beyond.

Besides brokering spot cargoes, time charters and contracts of affreightment we use our existing network to develop a strong Sale and Purchase presence. Together with our clients we develop new areas and markets.

Our purpose is to:

  • Create transparency in a closed market
  • Provide independent market intelligence
  • Bring information to make sound commercial decisions
  • Bring more competition to the market
  • Free up resources for our clients
  • Provide direct access of our barging knowledge to our clients.

We perform initial market research for charterers requirement, collect suitable offers, negotiate under charterers’ authority, confirm to all parties concerned the agreed terms and details, take care of all operational matters, check freight invoices, evaluate demurrage calculation and advise on claims.

Riverlake Barging produces two indices, the Riverlake Barging Index – Ara (RBI-ARA®) and the Riverlake Barging Index Rhine (RBI-RHINE®) giving a clear trend of these two markets