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TOPIC: The Sambre - Re-opens for commercial navigation

The Sambre - Re-opens for commercial navigation 30 May 2020 23:25 #116342

Jeumont Electric is in fact 1.1km from the Belgian border so the article is hugely misleading.

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The Sambre - Re-opens for commercial navigation 27 May 2020 15:25 #116267

Jeumont is only just across the border in France so I guess even if the blades were to be shipped south it would make more sense to go the long route via Charleroi and the Canal du Nord. But splendid news nonetheless and a good sign of changing priorities.

I see the Fortitudo is Freycinet gauge - a bit more about it here...

www.rhenus.com/en/ma/infocenter/info-details/article/premier-voyage-pour-la-barge-colis-lourds-fortitudo/

Lynn

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The Sambre - Re-opens for commercial navigation 25 May 2020 13:37 #116216

Judy & Simon Lawson wrote: Thanks Bob,
Oh well, shame, but it's still good news for the future of canals and the planet :)
Beatrix is near Verdun now anyway, as we committed to the Meuse to get South last year anyway.


It is good news, if a little disconcertingly absent of fact. It would be good to know where le Fortitudo is bound for. Also, drawing 1.90m she would never get over the top to continue along the Canal de la Sambre.

Good luck getting back to Beatrix and your , eventual, continuation southwards.

Bob
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The Sambre - Re-opens for commercial navigation 25 May 2020 13:17 #116215

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Thanks Bob,
Oh well, shame, but it's still good news for the future of canals and the planet :)
Beatrix is near Verdun now anyway, as we committed to the Meuse to get South last year anyway.

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The Sambre - Re-opens for commercial navigation 25 May 2020 13:04 #116214

Judy & Simon Lawson wrote: Some apparently good news for a change from France.


Sorry, Judy and Simon, like the curates egg this news is only good in parts.

The barge mentioned will travel to its destination (unmentioned) by going downstream on the RIVER Sambre, crossing the border into Belgium shortly after leaving Jeumont then make its way to France either via Mons or via Givet, but not via the canal de la Sambre which is not scheduled to re-open until 2021.

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The Sambre - Re-opens for commercial navigation 25 May 2020 12:27 #116213

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Some apparently good news for a change from France.
I spotted this news story while browsing the VNF site "Ce lundi 18 mai 2020, la Sambre, canal à petit gabarit a retrouvé sa fonction première de transport de fret par voie fluviale." ( www.vnf.fr/vnf/la-sambre-retrouve-sa-fonction-premiere-de-transport-de-fret/ ) Apart from being a good news story for the environment , and for the future of canals for cargo it must be good news for leisure boaters too. Presumably the broken bridge has been repaired, which means an additional direct route from Belgium into France and vice-versa?

"This Monday, May 18, 2020, the Sambre, a small-gauge canal, has returned to its primary function of transporting freight by inland waterway.

Indeed, the company Jeumont Electric, a French industrialist specializing in the manufacture of motors and alternators for the energy, marine and industrial sectors, made the decision to use the waterway for the transport of rotors on behalf of its EDF client.
The weight of the rotor alone, transported this Monday is 250 tonnes, nearly 300 tonnes with the "sarcophagus" (the formwork in which it will travel).

The cooperation and support of Voies navigables de France (VNF), including through PARM funding, has enabled Jeumont Electric to reconsider this mode of transport which is more CO2 efficient and above all more suited to exceptional transport.

The rotor is transported by the Fortitudo barge, specially designed for the inland transport of heavy packages on small gauge canals and can transport packages weighing up to 300 tonnes at a depth of 1.90 meters.
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