Legal notice

Publisher information

This website is managed by French Waterways Institution / Voies navigables de France (VNF)

Editorial director: Marc PAPINUTTI, Chief Executive Officer of VNF

VNF head office : 175, rue Ludovic Boutleux, 62400 Béthune

VNF is a public institution under the authority of the Ministry in charge of Transport, Sea and Fishing.


Creating a link to

Any public or private website is authorised to create a link to the information presented on this site, without prior consent.

However, the pages of the website must not be embedded inside the pages of another website: there must be nothing to mislead visitors to the site as to the origin of the page viewed.

The authorisation to create a link is valid for all media, with the exception of those circulating controversial, pornographic or xenophobic information or which could, more broadly, cause offence to most people.

  • Address changes

We try to maintain the stability of the URL addresses of our pages as far as possible. However, since the site may undergo reorganisation at any time, we cannot guarantee that the addresses of internal pages of the website will not change.

  • Copyright

The content available on this website is protected by copyright. According to the terms of article L. 122-4 of the French intellectual property code, you may not reproduce any of this content, either in whole or in part, without express permission.


Intellectual property and rights of use

The user undertakes - and may be held criminally or civilly liable for any breach of this commitment -  not to use the website for the following purposes :

  • To transmit, by any means whatsoever (e-mail or other), any content, including programmes, codes, viruses, etc., intended to destroy or disrupt the functions of the publisher's website.
  • To transmit, by any means whatsoever, within the interactive services offered on the publisher's website, any illegal or harmful content, and particularly photos or messages that are of an abusive, offensive, defamatory, derogatory, degrading, racist, xenophobic, sexist, pornographic or threatening nature, or which could incite hatred or harassment and which would contravene the right to privacy or which is unrelated to the themes proposed.
  • To transmit, by any means whatsoever, any content, particularly photos, which violate intellectual or industrial property rights, citizens' rights, etc.


Compliance with French regulations concerning data protection and freedom of access

Declarations to the CNIL (French data protection watchdog): Any personal data obtained by this website through subscription forms shall be neither retained nor divulged.


Processing of personal data

In application of article 27 of the French data protection law of 6 January 1978, you have the right to access, correct, amend or delete any data concerning you by sending a letter to the following address. You may exercise this right by sending an email to or a letter to our head office, for the attention of the "Communication Department".



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