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.