About Plouvier Transport

At the end of the 19th century…

Prosper Plouvier Senior initially invested in several barges and started at that time with the inland waterways activities of the Plouvier group. As from the beginning of the 20th century other branches were founded in Germany and Holland which were managed by Prosper junior and Desiré Plouvier. At the outbreak of world war I the Plouvier group was already well developed and owned a considerable number of barges.

After World War I…

The group recovered its elan and was able to profit from the reconstruction of Western Europe. When Prosper Plouvier senior deceased in 1936, his 2 sons , Prosper junior and Desiré took over the business.

Between 1950 an 1965…

The Plouvier organisation developed at top speed and at the peak, privately owned between 500 and 600 barges. In the meantime the first steps were taken to invest in seagoing vessels and several freight ships of 16.000 t were built.

By the time of the first oil crisis in 1974…

A large part of the fleet had been cut down or soled and only a number of large tankers were still in possession of the company. Soon the inland shipping activities were limited to Plouvier Transport in Antwerp and Vola Transport Company in Rotterdam. Chartering became the main core.

In 1990…

the group invested in 4 large inland tank barges of 3000 tns or more. This was the beginning of a new era for Plouvier Transport who today still is a renowned broker in the inland tanker chartering in Europe.

As from 1995…

Has overtaken several chartering companies (EICC, Intertrans Tankschiffahrt, Swintank, Verol Chartering) and has the intention to continue to play a major part in the international tanker chartering.

Since 2004…

The importance of double hulled barges has become more and more an issue, and the group finally welcomed its first new fuel oil barge in August 2005 with the next one expected in March 2006.