OPVN is a department of the Ministry of Equipment and Transport of the Walloon Region, integrated into Directorate General Waterways. OPVN's main mission is to promote the use of waterways for the transportation of goods. To this end, OPVN organizes events such as Meeting Days with shippers, symposiums on river container transport or other themes dealing with the development of water transport in Wallonia. OPVN also circulates up-to-date and relevant information to its target groups : companies using inland waterway transport, logisticians and transportation purchasers, investors, inland waterway transport companies and barge-owners, economic and political decision makers, the general public.
With its staff of experts in inland waterway transport, OPVN brings free advice and expertise to companies looking for successful and reliable logistical solutions. OPVN also prepares dossiers for the Walloon Region in the framework of its Aid Plan for the development of inland waterway transport: grants for the purchase of transshipment equipment, grants to private operators of river container shuttles, grants to barge-owners for the modernization of the fleet. OPVN works in collaboration with the 4 Port Authorities in Wallonia, in particular for the common participation in international transport and logistics trade fairs. Promotion of river transport of goods and of containers.