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VNF - Cruising in France this spring/summer 08 Jul 2020 10:36 #117171

Michael Fewster wrote: Just a question on the Canal des Ardennes - can't find any info on it here or VNF - a boater here told me it was closed for navigation! Anyone confirm or discount that?


I am surprised you say you can't find any information here, Michael. If you do a search on the forum for Canal des Ardennes you will get 195 mentions.

Sad to say, the CdA is still closed owing to the destroyed écluse de Neuville Day. Work to rebuild that lock should have been taking place during this spring but doubtless COVID 19 put a stop to that. I do not have any up to date information but you could try calling the UTI responsible for that stretch. Details may be found on the following very useful map with details of all the VNF departments and numbers:

www.vnf.fr/vnf/app/uploads/2020/01/Carte_du-réseau_et_des_interlocuteurs_VNF_décembre_2019.pdf

Let us know what you find please.

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VNF - Cruising in France this spring/summer 08 Jul 2020 09:25 #117167

Just a question on the Canal des Ardennes - can't find any info on it here or VNF - a boater here told me it was closed for navigation! Anyone confirm or discount that?

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VNF - Cruising in France this spring/summer 24 Jun 2020 19:25 #116904

Bob Marsland wrote:
Arrêt de navigation

à partir du 23/06/2000 à 14:00 au 31/08/2020 à 19:00

Canal des Vosges [/i]


For the avoidance of doubt I should point out there typo in the Avis mentioned. It should, of course, be:

à partir du 23/06/2020 à 14:00 au 31/08/2020 à 19:00



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VNF - Cruising in France this spring/summer 23 Jun 2020 16:33 #116887

The following details of an Avis à la batellerie, issued today, has just appeared in my inbox. Not good news! Attached (view online to access) is the actual Avis.

Basically it is saying the reservoir which feeds the summit pound of the Canal des Vosges is very low and cannot feed the summit pound making it impossible to navigate.

Veuillez trouver ci joint un avis à la batellerie.

Gestion de la ressource en eau

Arrêt de navigation

à partir du 23/06/2000 à 14:00 au 31/08/2020 à 19:00

Canal des Vosges (ex Canal de l'Est, branche Sud) entre les pk 83.355 (Ecluse 14 VM de la montée de Golbey) et pk 101.454 (Ecluse 6 VS du Void de Girancourt) - Toute la largeur de la voie

Commentaire :
Mesdames et Messieurs les usagers de la voie d'eau sont informés qu'en raison du faible niveau du réservoir de
Bouzey, l'alimentation du bief de partage du canal des Vosges reste donc à ce jour impossible.
La navigation est donc maintenue fermée entre l'écluse n° 06 versant Saône et l'écluse n° 14 versant Moselle
jusqu'au 31 août 2020, le temps nécessaire pour remplir suffisamment le réservoir.
En cas de changement de la situation, un avis modificatif sera édité.


Pour connaître les détails, veuillez ouvrir la pièce jointe.


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VNF - Cruising in France this spring/summer 19 Jun 2020 16:05 #116776

Some further avisbat information, about restrictions which end after this weekend and which update previous posts in this thread.

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VNF - Cruising in France this spring/summer 14 Jun 2020 11:37 #116590

I wrote to my contact at VNF DT-NE on 11 June to enquire about activity in the North East region and the opening of its borders, and received her reply on 12 June. My apologies for my delay in posting it here, please see attached.

Reflecting the absence of precise information on its own part, VNF referred instead to the government and two national newspaper articles (!)

Basically, NE waterways are open from 28 May subject, however, to certain 'normal' (i.e. not directly Covid related) restrictions such as carried-over stoppages, weed, etc.). Its borders are expected to be open from 15 June.

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VNF - Cruising in France this spring/summer 13 Jun 2020 14:23 #116568

The Canal de Saint-Quentin is operating normally including both tunnels. From VNF notices it appears that the Canal lateral a l'Oise and the Canal Seine-Nord Europe/Canal du Nord are also open. Locks operated by keepers may have more limited operating hours.

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VNF - Cruising in France this spring/summer 12 Jun 2020 23:48 #116560

Latest from VNF DT Centre-Bourgogne concerning security measures needed while navigating their waterways... and all the others, for that matter:

COVID-19 Reprise de la navigation de plaisance - conditions de sécurité des usagers

Mesdames et Messieurs les usagers,

Dans le cadre de la reprise de la navigation de plaisance, vous trouverez ci-joint, des affiches relatives aux gestes barrières, en français, allemand et anglais.

Nous vous remercions par avance d’assurer une diffusion large de ces consignes (personnels, clients etc) afin de garantir à tous une reprise de la navigation en toute sécurité.

Ces visuels seront également diffusés sur notre site internet et les réseaux sociaux VNF.

Restant à votre disposition,

Bien cordialement,

Bertille Ratouchniak
Chargée de gestion développement de la voie d’eau

Service Développement de la voie d’Eau
Direction territoriale Centre-bourgogne
1 chemin Jacques de Baerze – CS 36229 – 21062 Dijon CEDEX
03 45 34 12 02


In English:

COVID-19 Resumption of Pleasure Craft Operations - User Safety Conditions

Ladies and Gentlemen,

As part of the resumption of pleasure boating, you will find enclosed posters relating to barrier gestures, in French, German and English.

We thank you in advance for ensuring a wide distribution of these instructions (staff, customers, etc.) in order to guarantee a safe resumption of boating for everyone.

These visuals will also be distributed on our website and on VNF social networks.

Remaining at your disposal,

Yours sincerely,

Bertille Ratouchniak
Waterway Development Management Officer

Waterway Development Department
Territorial Direction Centre-bourgogne
1 chemin Jacques de Baerze - CS 36229 - 21062 Dijon CEDEX
03 45 34 12 02

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VNF - Cruising in France this spring/summer 29 May 2020 13:53 #116322

Thank you for posting this Avis, Paul. It confirms, materially, what Jill and I posted yesterday. However, each posting contains the odd different piece of information from the others so making it worth reading all of them, particularly for anyone planning to venture along these Centre-Bourgogne waterways in the near future.

Here is a translation of the latest Avis:

NOTICE TO SKIPPERS N° FR/2020/02217
Taken in application :
Transportation Code
Dijon, Thursday 28 May 2020
FR/2020/02217

Operating Procedures (Gradual resumption of navigation)
Canal latéral à la Loire (PK 0 to 29) - from Roanne to Digoin - from Centre


Temporary change of sailing times ( all users - both directions )

- from 29/05/2020 at 09:00 to 01/07/2020 at 09:00 o

Canal latéral à la Loire
between pk 0.000 (junction with the Canal du Centre) and pk 29.000 (Dompierre sur
Besbre)

o Canal from Roanne to Digoin
between pk 0,000 and pk 55,600 (the whole route)

- from 02/06/2020 at 09:00 to 01/07/2020 at 09:00 o

Canal du Centre
between pk 3,642 (junction with the Saône à Crissey) and pk 114,200 (junction with the lateral canal at the loire à Digoin)

Commentary :
Boatmen and waterway users are informed of the gradual resumption of navigation, with a reduction in timetables and a switch to on-demand for the month of June.
However, navigation conditions may change as a result of decisions taken by State representatives in the context of the COVID-19 health crisis or incidents on the network. Skippers and users of the waterway are invited to regularly consult notices to skippers.
The locks will be open from 9.00 to 12.00 and from 13.30 to 18.00 hours.
Navigation will be on demand, with accompanying service. Registrations can be made via the e-mail address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. from Monday to Wednesday 17.00. The notice period is 48 hours.
An on-demand navigation service is also available for freight transport only, from 8:00 am to 9:00 am from Monday to Friday under the same conditions.

Service(s) to contact :
Direction territoriale Centre-Bourgogne, Chemin Jacques de Baerze, CS 36229, 21062 DIJON CEDEX Tel : 03.45.34.13.00 - Fax : 03.45.34.12.99
UTI Saône-Loire, 1, rue George Feydeau, 71100 CHALON-SUR-SAONE
Tel: 03 58 09 01 38 - Fax: 03 58 80 70 29

Deadline for posting :
02/07/2020


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VNF - Cruising in France this spring/summer 29 May 2020 07:07 #116310

Avis from VNF

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VNF - Cruising in France this spring/summer 28 May 2020 18:25 #116307

The Lock keeper at Saint Symphroien told me yesterday that the Saone and Rhone au Thin are opening tomorrow,, May 29th, unless anything drastic happens.

Also the Prefecture in Dijon have agreed leisure boating in Cote d'Or, as long as Covid regulations are complied with.

I don't know about the Jura department, which the RaR crosses into only a few miles from the Saone.

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VNF - Cruising in France this spring/summer 28 May 2020 18:24 #116306

Received today an information bulletin from VNF - DT Centre-Bourgogne which gives more details on the opening of the waterways of that territory.

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VNF - Cruising in France this spring/summer 28 May 2020 16:24 #116301

Jill Kernick wrote: Please see attached VNF Notice detailing various French canals in the Centre-Bourgogne territory

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Thank you, Jill, for posting this Avis å la batellerie. I have moved it to the topic which is collating all news of the re-opening of French waterways and also taken the liberty of editing your first line to include a mention of the network to which the post refers.

I will post the 'Information Bulletin" just received from VNF DT Centre-Bourgogne containing similar information once I have translated the attached document.

Best wishes,

Bob

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VNF - Cruising in France this spring/summer 28 May 2020 15:15 #116299

Please see attached VNF Notice detailing various French canals in the Centre-Bourgogne territory
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VNF - Cruising in France this spring/summer 26 May 2020 10:57 #116227

David Snider wrote:
I plan on contacting the VNF headquarters in advance for each of the divisions I'll be passing through (Bassein de la Seine, Nord Est & Strasbourg), to see if they have any special requirements, instructions or permissions. Do you think I'll need to contact each UTI I'll be passing through too? (Hope not!)

Thanks again for the suggestions,

David


The following is part of what I have written to Chris Grant, for possible inclusion in the next Blue Flag, and I thought it might be useful here. If you are planning to call the DTs you plan to navigate I would not think it necessary to contact each UTI unless you get equivocal answers to your queries.

Cheers,

Bob

I would recommend frequent searching on vnf.fr where the latest information on Covid-19 can be found. Having looked at the national situation there, it is then worth clicking on an area on the map to link to a VNF territory in which one is interested. There you may find further, more detailed, information. I say ‘may’ as some territories are more up to it with posting information than others.

Also, when actually navigating, or about to navigate, the VNF Universal telephone number is worth checking: 0800 863 000 (+33 800 863 000). I have found them very helpful even answering the call with “Hello Bob”. Their system clearly recognising my Tel No.

Prefects of a Region/Département have responsibility for instigating State decrees. Many VNF messages refer to contacting the préfet. An internet search should bring you to the prefecture of the area you want to navigate and, thus, wish to learn the possibilities. For example when searching Nord-Pas-de-Calais I came to the following:

Who is the prefect of Hauts de France?
Michel LALANDE
It ensures the permanence of the State and the security of the citizens, the conduct and the coherence of the actions of the State, the regulation of the activity of the citizens and the guarantee of public freedoms. It carries out the administrative control of local authorities.May 16, 2019

The regional prefect, prefect of the northern defense and security zone ... www.nord.gouv.fr ›Le-prefet-et-le-corps-prefectoral› L ...
Search for: Who is the Prefect of Hauts de France?
How to reach the prefecture by telephone?
We call :
You can reach the prefecture by dialing 01 82 52 40 00 from Monday to Friday from 8h to 19h.

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VNF - Cruising in France this spring/summer 19 May 2020 14:47 #116082

Thanks, Bob & Pete, for all the info. I've been checking the Covid pages of the VNF site almost daily, so feel like I'm as up to date as possible, given the fact that the site itself is, as you note, not always up to date or easy to navigate. I've also talked with the Capitaines of a couple of ports to glean whatever insider info I can. Will also start monitoring the DBA for late-breaking info from you CLU reps. (Sorry, was using the English acronym.)

>>Concerning your proposed voyage to Strasbourg, you don't mention from where you will be departing nor the route on which you plan to proceed.

I'll be leaving the Arsenal and will probably go straight across to Strasbourg via the Seine, Marne, canal laterale de la Marne, c. de la Marne au Rhin, Moselle, c. des Vosges, c. de Nancy and the Marne au Rhin (est). This is the route Fluviacap recommends, but of course it'll all depend on what's open, so I plan on being flexible. Please let me know if you have any suggestions on that or other routes.

I plan on contacting the VNF headquarters in advance for each of the divisions I'll be passing through (Bassein de la Seine, Nord Est & Strasbourg), to see if they have any special requirements, instructions or permissions. Do you think I'll need to contact each UTI I'll be passing through too? (Hope not!)

Thanks again for the suggestions,

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VNF - Cruising in France this spring/summer 19 May 2020 14:12 #116079

David Snider wrote: I'd still like to be able to get this sort of thing in real time when there's something important going on (like my planned departure for Strasbourg on May 29)!


Hi David

Just to adf to Bob's comments: for 'my' area, the North Eadt region, so inclufing your destination of Strasbourg, I have received nothing from VNF DT NE for some weeks (refer to thread CLU DT NE).

In the absence of direct news or advice, you can visit VNF's website and click on the respective region for the latest info (while noting that navigating VNF's website is admittedly an art in itself). E.g.:

www.vnf.fr/vnf/alertes/covid-19-mesures-exceptionnelles-mises-en-place-sur-le-reseau-vnf/

Latest update 11 May 2020. In summary: "We hope to open partially on 29 May, depends what the Gov says, watch this space."

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VNF - Cruising in France this spring/summer 19 May 2020 14:08 #116077

David Snider wrote: Hi Bob,

Following up on your answer to Steve's request: are you saying that the Centre-Bourgogne LCU CLU document you posted a link to ( barges.org/media/kunena/attachments/931/200514_previsionnel_ouverture_DTCB.pdf ) is only sent to LCU CLU representatives,


As far as I am aware, Yes

[quote="David Snider" post=116053or are these sorts of docs also made available to the general public, e.g. by posting on the VNF website or as part of the VNF email subscriptions? [/quote]

Compte-Rendus (minutes) have traditionally been posted on the VNF DirectionTerrorial websites. These are usually well out of date if there at all. Also, the new Vnf website is a pain to find this kind of information if it is there at all.

You LCU CLU reps do a great job passing on information, but I'd still like to be able to get this sort of thing in real time when there's something important going on (like my planned departure for Strasbourg on May 29)!

Thanks,

-David[/quote]

As I have said before, these emails are sent to CLU delegates by way of addenda to minutes of a CLU meeting. Thus they are not sent to everyone. VNF rely on those delegates to publish the relevant information to those they are representing. Which we do..."in real time when there's something important going on (like my planned departure for Strasbourg on May 29)!" Message received: 10:35 on 14 May 2020, Informatio posted with translation of email: 13:36 on 14 May 2020, translation of document posted by Ian in Australia: 10:35 on 15 May 2020

Concerning your proposed voyage to Strasbourg, you don't mention from where you will be departing nor the route on which you plan to proceed. If part of it is within the DT Centre-Bourgogne then the document to which you refer, which was kindly translated by Ian, will be of some assistance. Always assuming the State Authorities sanction movement by waterway at that time. As stated within that document you should keep an eagle eye on the Avis à la batellerie.

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VNF - Cruising in France this spring/summer 18 May 2020 18:51 #116053

Hi Bob,

Following up on your answer to Steve's request: are you saying that the Centre-Bourgogne LCU document you posted a link to ( barges.org/media/kunena/attachments/931/200514_previsionnel_ouverture_DTCB.pdf ) is only sent to LCU representatives, or are these sorts of docs also made available to the general public, e.g. by posting on the VNF website or as part of the VNF email subscriptions?

You LCU reps do a great job passing on information, but I'd still like to be able to get this sort of thing in real time when there's something important going on (like my planned departure for Strasbourg on May 29)!

Thanks,

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VNF - Cruising in France this spring/summer 18 May 2020 15:19 #116048

Steve Van Zoeren wrote: Bob, how did you get this email? I am subscribed to the Centre-Bourgogne avis, but did not receive this or indeed any reference to it.


Hello Steve, et al,

Firstly, may I make a plea for all members to copy a pertinent section from a previous post to which a member wants a response, as I have done here.

Now to the business... I have represented DBA at Commissions Local des Usagers (CLU) for over ten years. I also am responsible for organising other members' reprrsenting us at other CLUs. Thus, I receive compte-rendus (minutes) of several VNF Directions Territoriales' CLUs and respond here on our forum if there isn't a member who is particularly responsible for a given territory who will otherwise do it.

Now, I am presuming you were not referring to the post that was immediately before your post but to the one I posted at 13:36 on 14 May 2020 in this same topic/thread.

Since these emails are sent to representatives it is expected that the information will be transmitted to those whom they are representing. That is exactly what we do.

I hope I have explained to your satisfaction.

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VNF - Cruising in France this spring/summer 18 May 2020 14:56 #116047

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Hi Tam...I presume that's because Bob is active in the Nord - Pas-de-Calais user group. I hope he will continue to share such documents, but would like to get them myself if possible.

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VNF - Cruising in France this spring/summer 18 May 2020 14:48 #116045

Bob's was from the Nord - Pas-de-Calais directorate.

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Bob, how did you get this email? I am subscribed to the Centre-Bourgogne avis, but did not receive this or indeed any reference to it.

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VNF - Cruising in France this spring/summer 18 May 2020 13:21 #116043

Here is the latest, just in, from Nord-Pas-de-Calais with translation below:
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Sujet: : Reprise plaisance et nautisme - NOUVEAUX ARRETES PREFECTORAUX

Mesdames, messieurs,

Le décret n° 2020-545 du 11 mai 2020 paru ce lundi 11 mai prévoit une sortie progressive du confinement, y compris en matière de plaisance et de nautisme.

L’ouverture du réseau de Voies navigables de France s’effectue donc de manière progressive et en fonction, des décisions de l’Etat d’une part, et d’autre part, en fonction des besoins des acteurs économiques et des capacités d’intervention des personnels et partenaires de VNF.

Par arrêté préfectoral pris le 15 mai 2020, la navigation de plaisance et les activités nautiques autorisées par le Règlement particulier de Police sont de nouveaux autorisées sur les départements du nord et du Pas-de-calais.
www.vnf.fr/vnf/23050-2/

Nous vous invitons à consulter régulièrement les avis à la batellerie qui sont publiés sur le site de VNF et relaient les décisions de l’Etat pour connaitre les amplitudes horaires de manoeuvre des voies ouvertes progressivement à la navigation.
www.vnf.fr/avisbat/RechercheAvisWebAction.do

Nous vous rappelons l’adresse du site de VNF : www.vnf.fr/vnf/alertes/covid-19-mesures-exceptionnelles-mises-en-place-sur-le-reseau-vnf/

En consultant le site VNF, vous constaterez que certaines mesures domaniales peuvent vous concerner si vous occupez le domaine public fluvial de VNF pour une activité économique liées à la restauration, à l’hôtellerie, à l’évènementiel, au tourisme ou aux loisirs de la voie d’eau, et que vous êtes une TPE ou PME : Voies navigables de France annule vos redevances durant la période de crise. Sur cette période, votre usage du domaine public ne vous sera donc pas facturé ou sera remboursé si le paiement a déjà été réalisé. »

Bien cordialement,

La cellule tourisme de la Direction territoriale Nord-Pas-de-Calais



Subject: Resumption boating and sailing - NEW PREFECTORAL DECISIONS

Ladies and gentlemen,

The decree n° 2020-545 of May 11, 2020 published on Monday, May 11th provides for a progressive exit of the confinement, including in terms of pleasure boating and nautical activities.

The opening of the French Waterways network is therefore being carried out gradually and in accordance with the decisions of the State on the one hand, and on the other hand, according to the needs of the economic players and the intervention capacities of the staff and partners of VNF.

By prefectoral decree issued on 15 May 2020, boating and nautical activities authorised by the Network Specific Police Regulations are once again authorised in the departments of Nord and Pas-de-Calais.
www.vnf.fr/vnf/23050-2/

We invite you to regularly consult the Notices to Skippers which are published on the VNF website and relay the decisions of the State to inform the hourly manoeuvring amplitudes of the routes progressively opened to navigation.
www.vnf.fr/avisbat/RechercheAvisWebAction.do

We remind you the address of the VNF website: www.vnf.fr/vnf/alertes/covid-19-mesures-exceptionnelles-mises-en-place-sur-le-reseau-vnf/

By consulting the VNF website, you will see that certain state measures may concern you if you occupy the VNF public waterway domain for an economic activity related to catering, hotels, events, tourism or leisure on the waterway, and you are a VSE (Very Small Enterprise) or SME (Small and Medium sized Enterprise): Voies navigables de France cancels your fees during the crisis period. During this period, your use of the public domain will therefore not be invoiced or will be reimbursed if payment has already been made. »

Yours sincerely,

The tourism unit of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais Territorial Directorate


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VNF - Cruising in France this spring/summer 16 May 2020 14:28 #115979

All depends on whether you are in a Red or Green area as determined by national government (seehttps://www.france24.com/en/20200509-france-prepares-to-ease-covid-19-lockdown-what-you-need-to-know) then both national and local government will announce what restrictions apply. VNF doc makes it clear that while they have reopening dates, nothing will happen without those clearances.

We bought our vignette before all this started and we know they will consider rebates at renewal stage next year.

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VNF - Cruising in France this spring/summer 16 May 2020 13:59 #115978

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According to my reading of the VNF document, we must contact the prefecture for every area we hope to transit, presumably stating our reasons for making a trip and asking their permission. Is everyone else's reading? Has anyone experience with this or a similar process?

Also: has anyone been able to purchase a vignette on the VNF site? I get a lot of information about COVID19 measures (perhaps slightly dated) but find no link for making an actual purchase.

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VNF - Cruising in France this spring/summer 15 May 2020 10:52 #115953

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VNF - Cruising in France this spring/summer 14 May 2020 13:36 #115940

VNF DT Centre-Bourgogne are next out of the blocks with detailed plans for opening the Centre-Bourgogne network. These details are all conditional upon the continued and continuing improvement in the Covid-19 situation in France.

This is the email just received with translation below:

Mesdames et Messieurs les usagers,

Vous trouverez ci-joint, une information relative aux modalités de réouverture progressive du réseau Centre-Bourgogne.

Restant à votre disposition,

Bien cordialement,

Bertille Ratouchniak
Chargée de gestion développement de la voie d’eau

Service Développement de la voie d’Eau
Direction territoriale Centre-bourgogne
1 chemin Jacques de Baerze – CS 36229 – 21062 Dijon CEDEX
03 45 34 12 02


Translation:

Ladies and Gentlemen,

You will find enclosed information on the modalities for the gradual reopening of the Centre-Burgundy network.

Remaining at your disposal,

Yours sincerely,

Bertille Ratouchniak
Waterway Development Management Officer

Waterway Development Department
Territorial Direction Centre-bourgogne
1 chemin Jacques de Baerze - CS 36229 - 21062 Dijon CEDEX
03 45 34 12 02


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Details of how to arrange passage 'on demand' are on page 14.

Since the attachment is a .pdf file it cannot be opened in a browser translator. Some of the pages allow copy and paste. Most of the others, with details of dates of opening of the different canals are not difficult to understand in the native French.

Good luck and, hopefully, happy boating...eventually.

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VNF - Cruising in France this spring/summer 12 May 2020 12:47 #115905

Just received from the tourism unit of the VNF Nord - Pas-de-Calais Territorial Directorate, translation below:

Bonjour,

Suite à la confirmation par le Premier Ministre d’une sortie progressive du confinement à compter de ce lundi 11 mai, Voies Navigables de France met en place plusieurs mesures destinées à permettre la reprise indispensable de l’activité économique et de l’emploi dans notre pays tout en protégeant tous les français, le mieux possible, de la circulation du virus.

Le retour à la normale de l’ouverture à la navigation se fera de manière progressive, en fonction des besoins des acteurs économiques et des capacités d’intervention des personnels et partenaires de VNF.

Concernant les mesures prises par VNF qui tiennent compte du décret n° 2020-545 du 11 mai 2020 paru ce lundi 11 mai, nous vous invitons à consulter le site de VNF : www.vnf.fr/vnf/alertes/covid-19-mesures-exceptionnelles-mises-en-place-sur-le-reseau-vnf/

L’ensemble de ces mesures sera prochainement précisé, dans l’attente des consignes gouvernementales et de leurs déclinaisons par les autorités locales (préfets, maires). Il conviendra donc de vérifier systématiquement, dès le 11 mai, la position prise par ces autorités, et notamment les préfets territorialement compétents, avant d’entreprendre tout activité de navigation touristique et de plaisance.

Bien cordialement,

La cellule tourisme de la Direction territoriale Nord - Pas-de-Calais




Good morning, sir,

Following the confirmation by the Prime Minister of a gradual phasing out of containment as of Monday 11 May, Voies Navigables de France is putting in place several measures designed to enable the essential resumption of economic activity and employment in our country while protecting all French people, as best as possible, from the circulation of the virus.

The return to normal of the opening to navigation will take place gradually, according to the needs of the economic players and the intervention capacities of VNF's staff and partners.

Concerning the measures taken by VNF which take into account the decree n° 2020-545 of May 11, 2020 published on Monday, May 11, we invite you to consult the VNF website: www.vnf.fr/vnf/alertes/covid-19-mesures-exceptionnelles-mises-en-place-sur-le-reseau-vnf/ .

All of these measures will be specified in the near future, pending government instructions and their implementation by local authorities (prefects, mayors). It will therefore be advisable to systematically check, from 11 May, the position taken by these authorities, and in particular the prefects with territorial jurisdiction, before undertaking any tourist and pleasure boating activities.

Yours sincerely

The tourism unit of the Nord - Pas-de-Calais Territorial Directorate


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VNF - Cruising in France this spring/summer 30 Apr 2020 20:42 #115656

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Hmmmm..... www.thelocal.fr/20200429/what-are-the-rules-on-travel-around-france-after-may-11th : "A journey of more than 100km away from your home is allowed for essential reasons only, either crucial work travel or urgent family reasons, Philippe told the parliament.
Any such journey will also require an attestation, although it's not clear at this stage whether this is the same attestation that we have been using for all journeys or whether a new form will be created...."

Whether the 100km limit refers to the length of your journey or the distance as the crow flies from your home is not clear.

It seems likely that some discretion will be exercised around journeys around the 100km mark, but the basic principle is that people should not be undertaking long journeys.

Will there be local restrictions?

It's possible. Local officials have the power to make adaptations to all aspects of the national plan.

Local authorities in places with a high level of second homes have already become concerned about excess movement of people and the mayor of Chamonix, for example, has imposed a ban on short-term rentals.

So we could see extra travel restrictions or at least extra enforcement in certain areas.

Can I leave my second home?

At the beginning of the lockdown many thousands of people, particularly Parisians, left the cities and went to second homes in the country.

Many students also left university and returned to stay with their parents, while some foreigners who were staying at second homes in France decided to remain.

As France begins to return to work and schools start to reopen, many of these people are considering returning to their main residence.

However the rules as announced give no exemptions for returns from second homes more than 100km away from the main residence.

Quizzed on this on Wednesday, Junior transport minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari said exiled Parisians would be able to return to the city "but in an orderly fashion".

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