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Risk analysis for inland vessels in estuary service
Vantorre, M.; Vandevoorde, B.; De Schrijver, M.; Smitz, H.; Laforce, E.; Mesuere, M.; Heylbroeck, B.; Wackenier, B.; Claeyssens, P.; Van Steen, J.; Van Rompuy, F.; Vanderwerff, T.; Calluy, L. (2006). Risk analysis for inland vessels in estuary service, in: 31st PIANC congress, 14-18 May 2006, Estoril Congress Centre, Portugal: book of papers. pp. [1-11]

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  • Vantorre, M., more
  • Vandevoorde, B.
  • De Schrijver, M.
  • Smitz, H., more
  • Laforce, E., more
  • Mesuere, M., more
  • Heylbroeck, B., more
  • Wackenier, B.
  • Claeyssens, P.
  • Van Steen, J.
  • Van Rompuy, F.
  • Vanderwerff, T.
  • Calluy, L.

    At present, less than 2 % of the hinterland traffic to the harbour of Zeebrugge is carried by inland navigation, due to the insufficient capacity of inland waterway connections. An alternative could be offered by estuary vessels, i.e. inland vessels strengthened and equipped for safe operation between the Belgian coastal harbours and the West Scheldt in favourable weather and wave conditions. However, the window determined by the present regulations of the Belgian Shipping Inspectorate is too restrictive, traffic being impossible for 60 days a year on average.

    Accordingly, the Belgian federal authorities have recently prepared new regulations, based on probabilistic design procedures, including a risk analysis with respect to criteria which take due account of the limitations inherent to the design of inland vessels.

    Measures have been proposed by the Flemish authorities to stimulate the operation of estuary inland vessels for container transport from and to the coastal harbours, implying financial support for construction and exploitation.

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