Today, Group De Cloedt has received the first 4 Watertruck + barges. Group De Cloedt, which is active in dredging and soil cleaning, transports some 100,000 tons via the road annually. With the arrival of these barges, they are able to shift a part of their transport to the waterway.
The barges are built according to the ‘Plug and Play’ principle, allowing them to transport bulk, containers and silt. Due to their limited size, they can be used on class I waterways. The delivered items can sail autonomously. To which degree, they will also be self-propelled in the future is still currently under investigation.
If everything goes according to plan, the Watertruck+ fleet of Group De Cloedt and André Celis will consist of 18 barges.
Today, project manager Johan Boonen witnessed how 2 push barges, WATERTRUCK VII and VIII, hit the water in Groningen. From there, they will navigate towards Werkendam for further completion.
As of today, the tender for awarding a contract to deliver push barges within Call III within the Watertruck+ project, is online.
Applicants are invited to submit their application by 11.00 a.m. on 17th October, 2018.
As of today, the tender for awarding external expertise in the context of the design of the master plan for the Watertruck+ project is online.
All necessary information can be downloaded via these links:
Applicants are invited to submit their application by 09.00 a.m. on 22nd June, 2018.
Today, European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc visited TEN-T Days in Ljubljana. We were very honored to welcome her at our Watertruck+ booth where project manager Johan Boonen gave here an update on this innovative project.
As of today, the tender for assigning a public contract for the acceptance of goods with regard to the delivery of a pusher boat, is published online.
The board of directors of Watertruck+ bvba has decided to initiate a third market consultation in order to have extra operators involved into the project.
Via this link, you can find all specifications on this open call, indicated as Call III.
Applicants are invited to submit their application by January 15, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
Europe’s road network is getting more and more congested. At the same time, transport facilities on small waterways are underutilised and shipped numbers continue to fall. With the Watertruck+ project, Flanders and Europe want to encourage freight to move from the road to the water by introducing a new concept consisting of innovative barges and push boats. Concordia Shipbuilding BV will soon be starting construction of the vessels. If all goes according to plan, the first barges will be launched in the spring of 2018.
On September 8, Watertruck+ published a tender in order to award a public contract for the provision of services related to the design of push boats under Activity 4 of the Watertruck+ project. Four candidates submitted a bid. After an analysis and assessment procedure, the contract was awarded to INEC.
Watertruck+ was present at the TEN-T Days in Rotterdam from 20th to 22nd June. Amongst the different representatives within the navigation sector, we also had the pleasure to welcome the Flemish Minister for Mobility, Ben Weyts, to our booth.