Minister promotes waterways tourism benefits

The Minister for Tourism, Sylvia Pinel, recently highlighted the benefits to France of ‘tourisme fluvial’ – waterways tourism. Madame Pinel, one of France’s youngest government members, at a meeting at Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune (Canal du Centre) promoted the tangible benefits that were experienced by shops, crafts-people and the local population. “France does…

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World Canals Conference – Toulouse

The 26th World Canals Conference (WCC) convened by Inland Waterways International will take place in Toulouse from 16th-19th September 2013. France’s ‘Ville Rose’ is pulling out all the stops to make the event even more memorable than previous conferences of which the most recent were Yangzhou, China in 2012 and…

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Vinci Awarded 30-Year Waterway Contract

Construction multi-national Vinci (UK readers will recognise their ownership of Norwest-Holst and Taylor Woodrow) has been awarded a 30-year contract by VNF to modernise and maintain installations on the Aisne and the Meuse. At a value of 270 million euros, this is a significant element in VNF’s modernisation strategy, and…

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VNF Region Changes

VNF has recently experienced administrative reorganisations, including the taking on board of some state personnel. There are now seven regional authorities – 1. Seine (including Nantes)2. Nord/Pas-de-Calais3. North-East (including Haute-Marne)4. Strasbourg5. Rhone-Saone6. South-West (including Dordogne and Lot-et-Garonne)7. Burgundy-Centre The Burgundy region change reflects the abandonment of the previous scheme to…

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Waterway Classification

More VNF news. Waterways are proposed by VNF to be divided into three classifications – Type 1 – designated for tourist/pleasure use only Type 2 – pleasure and commercial use Type 3 – commercial use only No implications yet understood regarding Type 3 and private plaisancier use, but a number…

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Veolia and inland ports

Veolia is one of the world’s big utility companies, with a noticeable presence in France, where it was founded, as Compagnie Generale des Eaux in 1853. Veolia has followed a policy of interacting with towns and councils to provide many kinds of public services including managing, on their behalves, ports…

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