• 2018 April 6 16:35

    The new bridge of Den Azijn must relieve traffic congestion in Antwerp

    The new steel arched bridge across the Albert Canal in Deurne – locally known as: ‘bridge of Den Azijn’ – has been officially inaugurated. A total sum of 15 million euro has been invested to improve the bridge. As a result, bigger ships can now sail under it and crossing the bridge has become easier and safer for both public transport, cyclists and pedestrians. “We strengthen alternatives for cars and trucks”, says Flemish Mobility Minister Ben Weyts.

    The Flemish government wants to reduce the number of trucks on Flemish roads and therefore invests in inland navigation, which is most definitely an interesting alternative to traffic jams. The most important waterway in Flanders is the Albert Canal, on which over 40 million tonnes are transported on a yearly basis. “This is the equivalent of 2 million trucks”, says Flemish Mobility Minister Ben Weyts. “Without inland navigation on the Albert Canal, we would have had 8000 extra trucks per day on our roads in 2017.”

    The Flemish government is currently investing in a larger capacity for the Albert Canal. What this means in practice? By raising all bridges over the canal up to a vertical clearance of at least 9.10 metre, the capacity of the Albert Canal can be increased by no less than +25%. “Ships with 4 container levels will then be able to use this water highway”, says Weyts. “This will make it much more attractive for entrepreneurs and conveyers to exchange the road for the waterway.”

    Within the scope of this major investment project, the ‘bridge of den Azijn’ in Deurne was entirely replaced to make way for a brand new arched bridge. The new bridge has a span of 123 m and is 15.60 m wide. The bridge not only crosses the Albert Canal (with a width of 63 m), but also the Vaartkaai (on the side of Merksem), the Merksemsesteenweg (on the side of Deurne) and the towpaths/cycle paths under the bridge.

    The new bridge is also perfectly geared to the needs of pedestrians, cyclists and public transport: in both directions, free bus lanes and separate one-way cycle paths and footpaths have been provided for.

    “The following investment is already being prepared for”, says Weyts. “After this, we will take on the Theunis bridge.”

    The new bridge was officially inaugurated in the presence of minister Weyts, Luk Lemmens, a member of the Executive Council Antwerp, Luc Bungeneers and Tjerk Sekeris, chairmen of the districts of Merksem and Deurne respectively and Chris Danckaert, managing director of De Vlaamse Waterweg nv. “Our waterways must ensure operational reliability and meet the expectations of our customers”, says Danckaert. “We will continue to make the Albert Canal more attractive for companies to invest in the economy and in inland navigation.”
     
    The environment of the Albert Canal in Merksem, Deurne, Schoten and Wijnegem holds the largest industrial estate but one of the Antwerp province. It is also a neighbourhood in which people like to live. This combination generates very diverse traffic flows. The province works together with its many partners, including De Vlaamse Waterweg nv, on a plan for the future: ‘De Kanaalkant’. With this plan, we want to transform the area into a pleasant residential area in which companies are within easy reach. This bridge is one of the actions focussing on a high-quality living, working, traffic and green environment, which are implemented in the field by various public authorities and contribute to the realisation of our vision for the future of the canal environment.

    On top of the investments in bridges over the Albert Canal, several other major works are currently being executed or planned in Antwerp. These works are geared to one another by the various partners to uphold the accessibility of Antwerp.

    Also during the impending reconstruction of the Theunis bridge, much attention will go to limiting the inconvenience to the maximum extent possible. Except for very short periods, road and tram traffic will always remain possible, be it with a temporary restriction of the number of traffic lanes (2 x 1 traffic lane during the works). To be able to do so, we will build the bridge in phases. First, a new road and tram bridge will be built on the eastern side of the existing bridge. Subsequently, tram and road traffic (2 x 1 traffic lane) will be organised along the new bridges, after which the existing bridges are broken down to make way for a second new road bridge. The completion of this project is scheduled for early 2020.


2018 May 25

18:07 AIDAmira joins to the AIDA Cruises fleet
17:51 Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company cooperates with Columbia Shipmanagement to organize internship for ACSC 20 staff members
17:42 Carbon targets for shipping can only be met with ‘zero CO2’ fuels - ICS
17:40 IMO takes first steps to address autonomous ships
17:30 Marine Technics carried supplied marine pumps MT-Azcue for cargo vessels of different types
17:18 Container Terminal St. Petersburg in 1Q invested more than € 3.5 million in development, upgrade programme
17:04 Med Marine tugboat joins the company’s harbour fleet in Turkey’s Izmit Bay
16:59 Aleksandr Bryntsev appointed as Director General of Murmansk Shipping Company (photo)
16:25 Sovcomflot to provide technical supervision for the construction of Rosneft’s new LNG-fuelled tankers
16:04 Sanmar supplies a powerful tug to Forth Estuary Towage in Scotland
15:41 SMM advance press conference covered trends in SMMart Shipping
15:04 Seaspan accepts delivery of fourth 10000 TEU SAVER containership in four ship series
14:03 Port of Oakland online shipping platform goes live
13:33 MSC Splendida enters Busan Port
13:08 Klaipėda LNG terminal receives the 50th cargo
12:32 Transport and logistics sector of Latvia continues work with Chinese partners
12:03 Panama Canal nominated as finalist for Lloyd’s List’s Environment Award
11:50 Taganrog Sea Commercial Port handled 333,000 tonnes in QI’2018, up 4% Y-o-Y
11:24 Multipurpose Reloading Complex handled 1.02 million tonnes of cargo in QI’2018, down 20% Y-o-Y
11:03 Port of Amsterdam launches digital business guide
10:49 NOVATEK and TOTAL become partners in Arctic LNG 2 project
10:27 New Belgium container connection bolsters Port of Hull
10:11 Brent Crude futures price down 0.19% to $78.64, Light Sweet Crude – down 2.25% to $43.97
09:56 Bunker prices are slightly up at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:33 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,109 points
09:22 ITF backs US dock workers in dispute with port authorities
08:20 Port of Vancouver makes history with the arrival of the 25 millionth
07:18 First eleven companies participate in Nextlogic

2018 May 24

19:04 Coal to Vostochny Port to be transported on Kuzbass-Vostochny Port route by innovative rolling stock
18:07 ZIM posts Q1 2018 results
17:31 Bureau Veritas publishes vital resource for decommissioning industry
17:24 Italy’s first, fully-automated gantry cranes reach Vado Ligure
17:17 Best quarter performance ever at CTSP terminal: 168,500 TEUs, a 7.8% container traffic growth
17:09 Successful testing programme with enhanced Wärtsilä’s navigation systems promotes operational safety and efficiency
16:57 MSC optimises its Transpacific-USWC network
16:15 MABUX: Bunker prices continue upward trend
15:12 UCL Port’s 1Q volumes decline 3.9% Y/Y to 9.4 million tonnes
15:10 ABS evaluation demonstrates feasibility of LPG as fuel strategy for Dorian LPG
14:58 MAN to equip world’s first LNG-powered fishing trawler
14:55 VARD secures contract for one stern trawler for Nergård Havfiske
13:06 TCSP Group’s 1Q volumes fall 8.4% Y/Y to 3.88 million tonnes
12:08 Sea Port of St. Petersburg sees strong growth in 1Q volumes
09:26 Baltic Dry Index drops 37pts to 1162 points
09:08 akquinet and IDENTEC SOLUTIONS join forces to revolutionize refrigerated container management
08:39 Maersk Line starts new transatlantic service between Europe’s Mediterranean region and Canada
08:34 Compagnie Maritime Monégasque and Damen join forces to introduce Fast Marine Access in Brazil

2018 May 23

17:54 Container Terminal Saint-Petersburg invested RUB 256 million in modernization of its facilities in QI’2018
17:27 Greece suggests arranging cruise lines to Russia
17:00 Rosmorrechflot comes out for replacement of shipbuilding subsidies with cheap financing
16:16 Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation enters into force
15:48 New Belgium container connection bolsters Port of Hull
15:25 DALO chooses SARIS to support SAR operations
15:03 FESCO transports three transformers from Novorossiysk for Moscow central heating and power plants
14:42 Ukraine’s water transport carried 0.3 million passengers in 4M’18, down 3%, Y-o-Y
14:21 Hapag-Lloyd update on restrictions for DG cargo handling at FIFA World Cup in Russia
13:59 Cargo transportation by Ukraine’s water transport fell by 18.5% to 1.0 million tonnes in 4M’18
13:36 SASCO BoD elected Aleksey Pavlov as Director General of the company
13:13 “K” Line announces delivery of special coal carrier “CORONA XANADU”
12:52 Tallink Grupp to list shares also on Helsinki Stock Exchange
12:31 Rosmorport appoints Sergey Lyamtsev as Acting Director of its Azov Basin Branch (photo)