18 mar2020

Postponed due to coronavirus (COVID-19)!! Closing event Watertruck+: innovation day small waterways


On Tuesday March 10th 2020 the government published a guideline to delay the further community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). As we are monitoring the situation with the crisis management team on a daily basis, we have updated our preventive measures on the coronavirus. Therefore, this event will be postponed to a date yet to be determined. All registered persons will be notified via e-mail and registrations will be closed until further notice.


On Wednesday, March 18, the final results of the successful European research project Watertruck+ will be presented: no less than 18 innovative push barges were built. During the closing event, you will gain insight into the practical experiences of our partners Group De Cloedt and André Celis. Via a live demonstration, you will also be able to see this innovation at work. Afterwards, you will be introduced to another European project, Inland Waterway Transport Solutions.



13.30    Welcome and registrations

14.00    Introduction - De Vlaamse Waterweg nv

14.15    Insights from Lydia Peeters, Flemish Minister for Mobility and Public Works

14.30    Watertruck+ in practice: shippers share their findings – Patrick Degryse (Group De Cloedt) and Nick Celis (André Celis)

14.50    The future of inland navigation at European level: the Innovation & Networks Executive Agency’s (INEA)

15.10    IWTS 2.0 – Arjen Mintjes, project leader (Maritieme Academie Harlingen), Jorn Pieter (Inland shipping simulator MAH)
and Danny Vanrijkel (Loading and Unloading Guide)

15.40    The legal framework for automated ships – De Vlaamse Waterweg nv / RIS

16.00    Debate and Q&A – DG Move, Patrick Degryse (Group De Cloedt), Arjen Mintjes (Maritieme Academie Harlingen), De Vlaamse Waterweg nv

16.30    Live demonstration of a Watertruck+ and network reception

18.15    End


Date & location

Wednesday, March 18

Inner harbour at Verhelst Natuursteen
Bargestraat 2

Near the Plassendale bridge, at the location of Quay 740 on the Ostend-Ghent canal. The location is best reached by taking exit 5b (Oudenburg) on the A10 motorway.


Participation is completely free of charge. Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), registrations are closed until a new date has been set.

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