Rhine-Alpine News

North Rhine-Westphalia: Measures to reduce impact of rail transport disruptions

Illustration (from NRW State Parliament Document 17/2225): Example of a short rail link to improve operational flexibility

To reduce the impact of disruptions, the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia has singled out 16 comparatively small measures that would increase flexibility within the rail network. The state will finance the measures, of which the “larger half” is within the Rhine-Alpine corridor, with a total of about 180 million Euros in the coming years. The money is from the public transport support program, since commuter traffic will be the immediate benefactor of more stable schedules.

Measures include additional signalling, short track connections, and even a passenger platform on a freight line that is often used by re-routed passenger trains. Apparently, freight traffic and long distance passenger traffic will also profit from increased flexibility.

Find the parliamentary document here (external link, German language).


Port of Brussels: Green Inland Shipping Event showed most innovative solutions in inland navigation

On 16 October 2019, five very innovative vessels called at the port of Brussels to show technological solutions to cut CO2 and air emissions to a minimum to European decision makers and stakeholders:

Photo: Port of Brussels

Sendo Liner: battery/diesel – electric powertrain, container vessel, size: 110m*11.45m, the first commercial freight vessel in IWT able to navigate ‘zero-emission’ on the charged battery on board. It can sail up to 3h on electricity.

Ecotanker III: gas-electric powertrain, tanker vessel, size: 110m*11.4m, using LNG propelled mono-fuel engines with electric motors and bowthrusters. It has atypical configuration as the steering house is in the front.

Motor vessel Wantij: clean Euro VI combustion engine, dry cargo vessel, size: 86m*9m. This is the first commercial freight vessel for which Euro VI truck engines were “marinized.”

Motor vessel Emeli: fuel cell hydrogen and diesel-electric propulsion, crew training vessel, size 55m*7.2m. The original cargo vessel from 1961 is used by the Maritime Academy Harlingen and is retrofitted with a diesel-electric powertrain. The big innovation is the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen storage system (12 KG, 200 bar).

Hydroville: passenger vessel, size 14m*4.2m. One of the first inland vessels to use hydrogen as fuel by means of a combustion engine, mixing it with diesel.

Find more technical details here (external link).


Reminder: EGTC Advisory Board Meeting on 8 November 2019 in Cologne

The EGTC Rhine-Alpine’s Advisory Board will meet in Cologne on 8 November. Board members are kindly requested to register until 25 October!