• 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.


2019 January 20

16:08 Subsea 7 acquires multi-purpose offshore construction and dive support vessel
15:03 TEPCO and Ørsted sign MoU to work jointly on offshore wind projects
13:51 Major contract for JSS awarded to Montreal-based company
12:42 Huntington Ingalls Industries to acquire Fulcrum IT Services
10:47 Algoma provides update on status of fleet renewal

2019 January 19

16:19 Ocean Yield acquires Suezmax tanker Milos for $56.0 million
15:16 Evac expansion continues with acquisition of UK service company Transvac Systems
14:02 Deltamarin contracted to continue with Titanic II project
12:51 SGRE launches 10 MW offshore wind turbine
11:44 Algoma increases its interest in the ocean self-unloader Pool

2019 January 18

18:06 North Carolina Ports sets new record in 2018
17:47 Freight turnover of Neva-Metal (Saint-Petersburg) in 2018 climbed by 3% Y-o-Y to about 3.2 million tonnes
17:25 Okskaya Sudoverf obtains patent for state-of-the-art pontoons
17:06 Hamburg prepares for ‘Hard Brexit’
16:44 Throughput of port Primorsk in 2018 fell by 7% Y-o-Y to 53.48 million tonnes
16:23 GTT receives a new order from SHI to design the tanks of two LNG carriers on behalf of Gaslog
16:20 NOVATEK elects new Board of Directors
15:56 Throughput of port Vyborg in 2018 grew by 25% Y-o-Y to 1.93 million tonnes
15:33 Stena Line’s first new generation ferry ‘floats’ in China
15:21 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in 2018 fell by 1.7% Y-o-Y to 49.8 million tonnes
15:03 Panama Direct service CMA CGM to resume weekly rotations
14:47 Throughput of port Vysotsk in 2018 climbed by 7% Y-o-Y to 18.79 million tonnes
14:33 GranIHC appointed contractor for Equinor’s Peregrino Phase II Project
14:19 Port of Ust-Luga handled 98.72 million tonnes in 2018, down 4% Y-o-Y
14:03 Algoma Central Corporation increases its interest in ocean self-unloader Pool
13:50 18 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 17-18
13:35 Throughput of the Port of St. Petersburg in 2018 up 11% Y-o-Y to 59.32 million tonnes
13:18 CMA CGM unites its Containerships and MacAndrews brands
13:11 Vladimir Putin supports Government’s proposal on expanding Far East Ministry’s functions with Arctic issues
12:49 Throughput of port Kavkaz in 2018 grew by 11% Y-o-Y to 49.276 million tonnes
12:26 MV Werften purchases Neptun Ship Design
12:08 Sakaide shipyard holds naming ceremony for new LNG carrier jointly owned by NYK and JERA
11:38 PGNiG SA signs agreement for oil and gas exploration and production in UAE
11:14 Remote pilotage to be allowed in Finland
10:47 Free zone status is a crucial advantage for the future development of the Freeport of Riga
10:06 Ice restrictions at the port of Ust-Luga come into effect on January 31
09:42 Brent Crude futures price up 0.9% to $61.73, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.09% to $52.64
09:20 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,077 points

2019 January 17

18:13 PORT OF KIEL presents annual results 2018
17:51 Ice restrictions at the port of Primorsk come into effect on January 25
17:28 Global Ports sets up a common service call centre
17:09 EFIP welcomes and supports the European Parliament position on the Connecting Europe Facility for 2021-2027
17:05 North Sea Port monitoring the Brexit closely
16:44 ABP invests £700K to boost storage at Port of Ipswich
16:27 Global fuel market: still many uncertainties in both demand and supply
16:22 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and the Mediterranean
16:05 OCEAN Alliance extends duration of OCEAN Alliance to ten years
15:42 COSCO SHIPPING Ports signs agreement with PSA to add two new berths at the terminal in Boao, Hainan
15:31 Liebherr supports the 6th International Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
15:02 Ocean Yield ASA agrees to acquire a modern Suezmax tanker for a consideration of USD 56.0 mln
14:02 SEACOR Marine enters agreement to acquire three additional platform supply vessels from affiliates of COSCO Shipping Group
13:49 Throughput of Chinese ports grew by 4.2% to 9.22 billion tonnes in 2018
13:32 Jensen Maritime provides design for Shaver Transportation’s new tugboat
13:14 OOCL rolls out third phase of Ocean Alliance product refinements
12:50 Baltic Ports Organization’s schedule for 2019 is set
12:38 Port of Los Angeles breaks all-time cargo record in 2018
12:26 Qatar accedes to load lines convention
12:01 Sunseeker International and Rolls-Royce to present first production yacht with MTU hybrid power in 2020
11:51 Bunker prices continue going down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:38 Port of Zeebrugge handled 40.1 million tonnes in 2018