Traffic increases at Strasbourg port
Photo (PAS): Container facilities at Strasbourg port
PAS, the Strasbourg port authority, reports a significant upswing in traffic for the first half of 2019: River transport is up 6.3%, reaching a total of 3.8 million tons from January to June. Rail traffic showed an even stronger increase, by a full 16% to more than 700.000 tons. The increase of rail traffic was mainly caused by container transport.
EU supports Venlo-Kaldenkirchen rail link
Among the international railway lines that will get financial support from the EU along the Rhine-Alpine corridor, there now is also the Venlo-Kaldenkirchen (-Viersen) link. Today it serves partly as a regional passenger line and mainly as a suitable freight bypass of the German main railway line from the Ruhr area to Emmerich. It is located about half way between Emmerich and Maastricht/Aachen. On the German side, the stretch between Kaldenkirchen and Viersen is a single track bottleneck. The money (5.8 million Euros) is intended to improve track and stations for the use of freight trains.
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Hydrogen-powered tug is world first for Port of Antwerp
Illustration: Port of Antwerp
Port of Antwerp has ordered construction of a tug powered by hydrogen, the first in the world. This unique « Hydrotug » is driven by combustion engines that burn hydrogen in combination with diesel. The motors also comply with the very strictest standard, the EU Stage V, making them the lowest-rated for emissions on the market. This ultra-low-emission tug is being built by Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB), a pioneer in the field of hydrogen power for shipping. With this world first Antwerp is making an important step in the transition to a sustainable, CO2-neutral port.