Project 'Build Over Water'
Accounting for 7-8% of the GNP, the construction sector is an important economic motor for Flanders and Belgium. This is also evident on our motorways where no less than 25% of the lorry traffic is related to the construction sector. Each construction site counts an average of 80 cargo truck movements.
In the context of multimodal cargo transport, VIM was asked by the construction materials sector (manufacturers and dealers) to take a look at whether the concept of Regional Water-adjacent Distribution Centres could provide a solution for the mobility problems that the sector is currently undergoing and which will only increase in the years to come.
VIM will first test the Build Over Water (BOW) concept in a model project in order to later scale it up throughout Flanders and to organise it on a structural basis.
Throughout the duration of the project, the Genk Harbour and the logistics service provider Despriet (Harelbeke) will make their water-adjacent site, infrastructure and rolling stock available. Six participating manufacturers - CBR, Coeck, Eternit, Gyproc, Wienerberger and Xella - will deliver their goods as far as the loading quay. Subsequently, the goods will be transported via the waterway to the regional depot closest to the destination. From there, the customers will bring the goods to their final destinations. Ship-it and JoGo Shipping will perform the test voyages. Logistics consultancy firm Phidan will supervise the entire operation. Nv De Scheepvaart en Waterwegen & Zeekanaal nv were involved as strategic partners.
In total, 12 test voyages took place. Tight now, an operational platform is being set up.
Take a look at our first load and the compilation of the pilotproject.
Parallel to this, VIM is performing an analysis of the flows of construction materials in Flanders (structural flows and flows for project purposes), based on existing studies and data which are available within the sector.
In addition to a feasibility study for a self-supporting (in time) economic activity, VIM is also investigating where in Flanders such water-adjacent distribution centres should be erected in order to improve the efficiency of the construction materials manufacturers, dealers and contractors.
Build Over Water fits in completely with the Distribouw project, whereby nv De Scheepvaart and Waterwegen & Zeekanaal nv are aiming at the construction of a network of multi-modal distribution and consolidation centres for construction materials by 2015.
At the same time, this analysis will demonstrate which improvements in mobility efficiency and the accessibility of Flanders will be achieved.
On 9 October 2012 the results of the distribution analysis were revealed. Members can download the results from extranet. Non-members can order the results via the contactform for the price of 100 euros VAT excl.
Press release 13/12/2011 (dutch)
Watch the project here