Rhine-Alpine News

Flemish government announces definitive preference for “Extra Container Capacity in Antwerp”

Photo (Port of Antwerp): Container handling in Antwerp port

The container volume handled by Port of Antwerp is growing year after year. It now represents a large share of the total freight volume. In 2019 the number of Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEU) rose by 6.8% to 11.86 million. Additional space is now required in order to cope with this growth.

In December last year the Flemish government announced a definite preference in the choice of alternatives for the complex project entitled “Extra Container Capacity in Antwerp.” This preferred alternative includes among other things construction of a second tidal dock in the port of Antwerp. This goes along with various “inspansion” projects, i.e. filling in existing docks to create additional space.

Find the news here (external link).


Karlsruhe-Basel: „Building Information Modeling (BIM)“

Karlsruhe: Deutsche Bahn issued a new special newsletter on information modeling along the Karlsruhe-Basel route’s construction projects. A video gives more and vivid explanation, putting together three-dimensional modelling and drone views along the route.

Find the newsletter and the video here (external links, German language).


Germany-Netherlands: Cooperation for better mobility

Photo (NRW / Rainer Unkel): Christophe van der Maat (Noord-Brabant), Hendrik Wüst (NRW), Floor Vermeulen (Zuid-Holland), Marjolijn Boot (Overijssel), Christianne van der Wal (Gelderland), Hubert Mackus (Limburg).

Aachen: The regional ministers of five Dutch provinces and the Minister of Transport of the German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen came together in Aachen for their yearly coordination meeting. Topics were: Cross-border rail traffic, the development of the Rhine-Alpine corridor e. g. between the port of Rotterdam and the Rhine-Ruhr region, as well as smart mobility.

“Only if we think mobility across borders, we can improve the offer for commuters within the region and for goods transport”, Minister Hendrik Wüst of Nordrhein-Westfalen stated. “This is why I am very happy that the cross-border cooperation works so well.”

In-depth press statements can be found here (external links):

State of Nordrhein-Westfalen (German language),

Province of Gelderland (Dutch language).