• 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 October 23

11:24 DP World reports 3.7% gross like - for - like volume growth in 9m 2018
10:59 Woodside signs cooperation agreement with ENN
10:35 INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project commences LNG shipment
09:58 Brent Crude futures price down 0.38% to $79.53, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.27% to $69.17
09:24 IMO approves a programme of actions to deliver the initial strategy on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships.
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,579 points
07:14 GTT receives a new order from DSME for the tank design of an LNG carrier

2018 October 22

18:33 Rolls-Royce and Sunseeker agree new framework agreement for supply of MTU engines
18:32 OOCL introduces new Mediterranean and West Africa direct service
18:29 Rotterdam expects record 50,000-tonne shipment of pig iron
18:01 Arctic Council meeting of Environment Ministers ends with talks about future cooperation
17:39 IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee meets
17:16 Glavgosexpertiza approves modernization of onshore facilities in Salekhard
16:22 Humber International Enterprise Park plans reshaped after public feedback
15:34 Nornickel’s Polar Transportation Division carried 2.4 million tonnes of cargo in navigation season 2018
15:10 ESPO congratulates Port of Valencia, Ports of Bremen, Port of Moerdijk and Port of Tangier for renewing Ecoports’ Environmental Standard
14:17 Sovcomflot named a finalist in four different categories of 2018 Lloyd’s List Global Awards
13:55 Onezhsky Shipyard delivered ice-class buoy tender named Fortuna
13:23 Pavilion Energy and BW ink deal for long-term charter of two Singapore-flagged LNG newbuilds
12:58 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 21,455 in RF spot market
12:36 LUKOIL BoD recommends interim dividend amount
12:13 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in 9M’18 down 1.5% Y-o-Y to 37.46 million tonnes
11:51 Power of gender diversity on the agenda at Seatrade Maritime Middle East
11:32 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 5.6% to 14.69 million TEUs in Jan-Sep’18
11:09 Abu Dhabi Ports collaborates with MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company on international blockchain solution Silsal
10:50 Port of Singapore throughput in 9M’18 grew by 0.9% Y-o-Y to 470.49 million tonnes
10:28 Brent Crude futures price up 0.69% to $80.34, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.68% to $69.76
10:09 NYK PCTC receives special award from the Association for Rescue at Sea
09:47 STLC to obtain additional RUB 5.9 billion of federal subsidies in 2018
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,765 points
09:06 ABS awards AIP to HHI’s standardized FPSO topside
08:08 DP World, UAE Region wins Terminal Operator of the Year at Maritime Standards Awards
06:22 ABS awards AIP to HHI’s deepwater FLNG hull

2018 October 21

08:54 20,000 TEU COSCO SHIPPING Sagittarius named in Shanghai
08:50 CFO Paul Smits leaves the Port of Rotterdam Authority
07:52 COSCO SHIPPING starts shipment of Toyota exhibits

2018 October 20

08:47 Boskalis, Van Hattum en Blankevoort and Mobilis construct deep-sea quay for the new HES Hartel Tank Terminal at Maasvlakte
08:10 Navios Partners announce filing of F - 1 for direct listing of Navios Containers
08:06 Maersk Line increases FAK rates for Northern Europe to Middle East and ISC trade
08:04 U.S. Navy contracts Austal to order materials for EPF 13
07:44 EU Commission launches the European Network of U-space Demonstrators

2018 October 19

18:42 ABN AMRO, Samsung SDS and the Port of Rotterdam Authority launch container logistics blockchain pilot
18:07 Stena Line's battery hybrid vessel completes its first month of operation
17:56 ABN AMRO, Samsung SDS and Port of Rotterdam Authority launch container logistics blockchain pilot
17:35 Port of Gdansk participated in the CILF 2018 fair in China
17:11 Gdansk pays a visit to Singapore
16:57 Testbed established for Internet of Ships Open Platform
16:48 Finland’s Water Transport Act aims to improve safety and increases preparedness for the future
16:26 World’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel “Kairos” started its voyage to Europe
16:04 KN will motivate its employees with the company's shares
15:42 New Falck training centre on the Maasvlakte officially openes
15:20 Seimas members visiting Klaipėda discussed benefits provided by LNG terminal
14:59 Ukraine plans dredging of 16.33 million cbm of material in 2019
14:37 UN agencies delivering on maritime security
14:15 Hapag-Lloyd starts new Red Sea service
14:00 Atomflot: shipments from Arctic LNG and Yamal LNG to be assisted by diesel and gas powered icebreakers
13:31 MOL's newbuilt LNG carrier "MARVEL EAGLE" to transport LNG from Cameron project in U.S.
13:11 NIBULON Shipbuilding and Repair Yard launches POSS-115 Project tug
13:05 BigLift Barentsz sails Northern Sea route for Pioneering Spirit
12:48 Glavgosexpertiza approves reconstruction of KSK grain terminal to increase its capacity to 4 million tonnes