Rhine-Alpine News

Rhine-Alpine Talks on Green Corridor

On 11 September, more than 80 participants from along and beyond the Rhine-Alpine Corridor joined online for the second issue of the “Rhine-Alpine Talks”. After a welcome by Paolo Balistreri, EGTC Vice Chair, Floor Vermeulen, Regional Minister of Province Zuid-Holland, gave the introduction “Importance of greening the European Transport Corridors.”

Four speakers presented key projects related to Greening the Rhine-Alpine Corridor. You can view and download the presentations by clicking on the name of the presentation.

RH2INE

Jan Christoph Maass of Duisport presented “RH2INE – Rhine Hydrogen Integration Network of Excellence”. RH2INE is an initiative of the Province of Zuid Holland and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitisation and Energy of North Rhine-Westphalia to develop the first European hydrogen corridor that has the right conditions and necessary infrastructure for the use of hydrogen as a propulsion fuel.

CLINSH

Luc van Espen from the Port of Antwerp showed the project “CLINSH – Clean Inland Shipping”, to improve air quality in urban areas by accelerating emission reduction in Inland Waterway Transport. The goal is to demonstrate the environmental impact of emission reduction technologies, alternative fuels and Onshore Power Supply. This includes models of costs and benefits as well as an increase in awareness and support on cleaner inland shipping among ship-owners and policymakers.

Clean Energy Hubs

Theo Heinink, Province of Gelderland, presented “Clean Energy Hubs”. The purpose of the Clean-Energy-Hubs is to achieve a network of sustainable fuels, including biofuels, electricity and green gas, LNG and hydrogen. Currently, the Dutch provinces and the national government participate in this and aim for a network of at least 100 Clean Energy Hubs in the Netherlands in 2025. This can be scaled up to the entire Rhine-Alpine Corridor.

Novara Last Mile Logistics

Massimo Arnese of CROSSTEC S.r.l. Novara presented “Last Mile Logistics and the Interaction of IT Systems with the Infrastructure of the City Center Novara”: Information sharing among delivery services allows for more efficient goods distribution.

Impact of EGTC projects

Finally, Menno Menist, CEO of Dutch consultant Panteia, presented his thoughts about the impact of EGTC and potential synergies with future EU programmes and initiatives.

Next Rhine-Alpine talks

“Rhine-Alpine Talks” #3 will take place on 2 Otober 2020, from 11:00 – 12:30 h and will deal with the topic “Cross-Border Cooperation on Transport “. We have invited speakers who are experts on this topic! Become part of the corridor community and register here for the talks. Registered participants will receive their login credentials two days before the meeting!

Other news:

Wesel port as future hinterland hub for Nordfrost

Photo: Deltaport Niederrheinhäfen GmbH

Nordfrost, leading logistician for temperature-controlled goods in Germany, will bundle its hinterland connections to and from Rotterdam. A new logistics center in the German port of Wesel, close to the Dutch border, will allow for barge transport to and from the seaport. This will significantly reduce trucking. The logistics center will be built on an area of 9 ha and will get operative in late 2021. More details here (external link, German language)

Severe rail accident on right bank of Rhine River

Koblenz: On Sunday 30 August, a unit freight train with biodiesel derailed at Niederlahnstein near Koblenz, on the right bank of the Rhine river. Of the 19 cars, 9 were damaged, 6 of them fell onto their side and were leaking. A significant amount of diesel fuel (up to 150 tons!) contaminated the soil. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

The double track main line along the right bank of the Rhine was closed for several days. Meanwhile, one track reopened for regional traffic. The other track will be restored by 20 September. Long distance freight traffic can be rerouted via the other main line on the left bank, but this results in some delays and disruptions.

Here is a report about the cleanup, with some photos showing the severity of the situation (external link, German language).