Rhine-Alpine News

Port of Antwerp: Evaluation of Hinterland Transport 2020

Photo: Port of Antwerp

Tom Verlinden (Mobility Manager Port of Antwerp): “At Port of Antwerp, everything we do revolves around the idea of BRaiNS. That is something we devoted a lot of energy to this past year. BRaiNS stands for Barge, Rail, Night logistics and Shortsea.”

Because of the lockdown and the quieter conditions on the roads, there was less of a need to get rid of trucks, so the port of Antwerp didn’t witness any major shift. But the figures remain stable: those who already made the switch are satisfied with their choice. Read the full statement here (external link).

TEN-Revision Process: Statement from the Interregional Alliance for the Rhine-Alpine Corridor EGTC

The TEN-T approach has facilitated to shape the European infrastructure development tremendously. As one of nine Core Network Corridors, the Rhine-Alpine Corridor constitutes a very important backbone of the TEN-T network. In order to support the positive continuation of this policy, the „Interregional Alliance for the Rhine-Alpine Corridor EGTC” likes to share its view for the future of the TEN-T. The EGTC’s strategy “One Corridor – One Strategy” focuses on five development priorities: Optimize the network, procedures and the cooperation of key players. Raise capacity. Repair spaces and ensure sustainability. Accelerate speed. Ensure acceptance.

The detailed recommendations (which can be downloaded here) include:

1.) Implementing the network and quality of infrastructure

2.) Create a more resilient transport system

3.) Increasing multi-/synchromodality

4.) Integration with Green Deal, Energy and Digital Transition

5.) The EGTC Rhine-Alpine as a governance example for other corridors.

Water Level Blocks Traffic on Upper and Middle Rhine

Rheinaue wetlands flooded (symbolic photo, CC qwesy)

A flood wave currently moves down the Rhine, causing local inundation. River transport is temporarily suspended along much of middle and upper Rhine. However, this appears to be just a typical winter flood. On the lower Rhine, for the foreseeable future the water levels will remain well below the mark that would restrict shipping. See the level at Duisburg-Ruhrort as an example (external link, German language).

Online Events

Eurodelta Corridor Summit, 4 February 2021

The Corridor Summit offers a platform were governments, policymakers, entrepreneurs, ports, transporters and scientists work together to make the corridors in the Eurodelta seamless and borderless. The Corridor Summit will be an international stage to share results of cross-border collaborations, address the challenges towards a multimodal and sustainable corridor approach in the Eurodelta and look ahead to 2021 as the first year of the new multiannual budget period of the European Union. Which steps should be taken? Which results need to be in our common perspective? Read the agenda and register here (external link).

Rhine-Alpine Talks, 5 February 2021

We have decided to continue our successful series of the “Rhine-Alpine Talks” also in 2021. That is why we are delighted to invite you to our first “Talks” in the new year which will take place on 5 February 2021, from 11:00 – 12:30 h. We have chosen a current topic in order to inform you about the chances of financing your projects related to corridor development: “New EU Funding Programmes: New Opportunities for Corridor Development”. Become part of the corridor community and register here for this meeting!