RIVERSPEAK Standard Communication Phrases for Inland Navigation has been developed to:
  • enhance safety in inland navigation through standardization of communication in the English language
  • support the training institutions and their students in achieving the above objective.
The focus of the RIVERSPEAK standard communication phrases lies on the communication between inland navigation vessels, with land stations on inland waterways, in coastal areas and on communication on board vessels.

The RIVERSPEAK programme consists of ten bi-lingual versions, i.e. ten different languages that are now commonly used to communicate on the inland waterways, combined with the English standard of communication.

The following versions are available (click to open the presentation):

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RIVERSPEAK is part of the Inland Navigation Language Programme INLP (click here).

The following lecturers from renowned European institutions have cooperated by contributing to the completion of the various versions of RIVERSPEAK:
  • Professor Dr. Peter TRENKNER - Wismar University, GERMANY.
  • Peter C. VAN KLUIJVEN – lecturer– Rotterdam Mainport University – NETHERLANDS
  • Alcino FERREIRA - Ecole Navale, French Naval Academy - FRANCE.
  • Barbara KATARZYNSKA, MPhil - Gdynia Maritime University, POLAND
  • Professor Dr. Nadiia IVASIUK and members of EL Department, Navigation Faculty National University "Odessa Maritime Academy", UKRAINE
  • Professor Pietro DEL ROSSO- I.I.S.S. "Amerigo Vespucci" Molfetta (Ba) , ITALY
  • Sonya TONCHEVA - Associate Professor PhD, Naval Academy Varna, BULGARIA
  • Dr. Carmen CHIREA-UNGUREANU, Associate Professor Constanta Maritime University - RUMANIA.
  • Professor Boris PRITCHARD
    Mirjana BORUCINSKY
    Faculty of Maritime Studies, University of Rijeka – CROATIA
I wish to express my immense gratitude to all these professionals for their expertise and
efforts to make this programme a success.

Peter van Kluijven
Rotterdam Mainport University - STC Group