Watertruck is an innovative concept for the transport of goods on small waterways (CEMT I-IV) which can unlock the economic potential of a region by using small, self-propelled or unpropelled barges.
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As a first step, certain standards will be established in order to reduce production costs and improve the interoperability of the vessels, both in terms of sailing areas and in terms of cargo type. The standard design for different sizes of barges will be developed.
As a first step in the trans-European rollout, a small fleet of (self-propelled) barges and pushers will be constructed and deployed in a large-scale trial phase, shipping a dedicated volume of cargo per year.
Deadline for receipt of candidacies is August 12th at 15:00.
The results of the trial phase will be combined with a financial toolbox, to create a Master Plan which will contain business cases for the construction and financing of a large European fleet of Watertruck+ vessels.
|From June 20 to June 22, Watertruck+ was present at the TEN-T Days in Rotterdam. Amongst different representatives within the navigation sector, we also welcomed Flanders’ minister for mobility Ben Weyts at our booth.|
02/05 – Technical information session: 24-26 May 2016, Gorinchem
As from 2017, 31 vessels will be constructed. Therefore, the Watertruck+ partners wish to consult the market with regards to the latest innovations in inland navigation. Market players who offer innovative services or products in any of the above categories, are invited to present their company, services and/or products to the Watertruck+ partners during the Technical info and review sessions which will take place on May 24th-26th at the venue of the Maritime Industry conference in Gorinchem (NL). Click here for more information.
26/03 – The Flemish Government has given permisson for the creation of a ‘Special Purpose Vehicle’ (SPV) that will introduce Watertruck+ on a large scale on Flemish waterways.
The goal of this ‘Special Purpose Vehicle’ (SPV), that exists of the Flemish waterway authorities, Waterwegen en Zeekanaal nv en nv De Scheepvaart, and Flanders Institute for Mobility (VIM), is to ensure that Watertruck+ will take shape quickly. Concrete, the SPV will build a fleet of three push boats and 28 push barges. The structure of this SPV allows private partners to participate into the project.