Increasing the accessibility of the Flemish seaports and relieving the pressure on the road network, that is the objective of the Inland Shipping Impulse Programme, a collaboration between the Department of Mobility and Public Works (MOW), Port of Antwerp-Bruges, North Sea Port and Lantis. . In the context of that programme, the Flemish Government, under the impulse of Flemish minister Lydia Peeters, recently approved five projects. These projects should improve the intermodal offer to and from the Flemish ports via new corridor shuttles.
Stimulate inland shipping
With the Impulse Programme, the Flemish government (Department MOW and Lantis), Port of Antwerp-Bruges and North Sea Port provide temporary support to the inland shipping sector. In concrete terms, at the beginning of this year, inland terminals, barge operators and other intermodal parties were encouraged through a market consultation to develop collaborative projects ('corridor shuttles' and 'terminal hub shuttles') on the various shipping routes to and from the Port of Antwerp-Bruges. .
The intention is to make the handling of inland container shipping at the maritime quays more reliable and to reduce waiting times in the port. Cooperation between inland terminals in the hinterland is an important precondition for this. A more attractive inland shipping offer contributes to a modal shift from road transport to inland shipping. Lantis, the developer of the Oosterweel Works, is fully committed to this measure, which is part of the 'Less Hinder campaign' to reduce traffic jams on the Antwerp Ring.
Selected consortia of new corridor shuttles
Nine project consortia applied. In the end, five project proposals for new corridor shuttles were selected. For the first year, the project partners have made a maximum of €2.671.959,95 in subsidies available. The participating terminals will establish regular inland shipping services between maritime terminals and inland terminals located along the same corridor. In each collaboration, containers are bundled on one 'corridor vessel', a combination of a pusher barge and a pusher barge, on the various shipping routes to and from Port of Antwerp-Bruges.
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