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How to move a giant pick-nick table?


It was an unusual and exclusive cargo for ms. Klauwaard indeed. On 10th October, this vessel took a 30 m long pick-nick table on board, on which more than one hundred people could find  seat. The profile shapes had been produced in one piece – so moving it by ship seemed the only realistic solution. From the Belgian city of Oudenaarde it went all the way to Kortrijk where a hundred students stretched their muscles and carried the 1300 kg table by foot from the river quay to the exhibition site. At the ‘Biënnale Interieur’ event, the pick-nick table prominently figured in the middle of the Rambla – the central passage between the exhibition halls. It was with this table the design bureau Extremis celebrated its 18th anniversary. “This is the very first time we have worked together with inland navigation”, recalls Marieke Haus-pie of Extremis. “Due to the length of the table, we had no other choice – yet the ecological benefit are a bonus as well. At one moment, loading and unloading seemed a bit tense – due to the pouring rain and the fierce wind. However, it all ended well. Normally we would not think of shipping our pro-ducts by inland vessels. But if an opportunity, or an urgent need would arise once again, we wouldn’t hesitate for a second.”


Waste and sludge transport  at quay wall in Moen

Keeping 10.000 trucks away from our roads is no small achievement. Yet, that is exactly what happened after a new quay wall was inaugurated in the Belgian commune of Moen just a few months ago. “The new quay wall allows vessels to call at the Intercommunal Association for Public Health in southern West-Flanders (Imog). Inland vessels bring in sludge and sediments, which are dried and recycled into construction materials. We also take wood pellets, which are then turned into biomass and transported by barge to a power plant. Every week we receive one or two ships”, says Koen Dille, the manager for external affairs at Imog. “In the near future we will also install conveyor belts to automate loading and unloading. Is this a breakthrough for waste transportation? In this sub segment it definitely is. Once the Seine-Scheldt project will be realized, many more locations for inland vessels will become within reach.” The quay wall along the canal from Bossuit to Kortrijk was built under the Flemish PPP quay wall programme, fitting ell in the overall renewal of this site. Works began in April 2011 and on 5th October 2012 the quay wall was festively inaugurated.


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