FAQ for city residents

General

CityBarge wants to contribute to emission-free city centers by developing a platform that makes logistical operations over water possible. With a combination of experienced business managers and young minds (students and young professionals), a multifunctional system is being developed that can transport various logistical flows, initially waste and building materials, over water in order to relieve the inner-city roads.

CityBarge is a venture from the venture builder Fynly. Fynly develops concepts by connecting students and young professionals with experienced individuals in the business world. On the page 'About us' you can find more information about the team.

CityBarge believes in the power of cooperation. That is why, in our design process, we worked with experts from Kotug, Skoon, Nokia, Boxce and Avalex.

By organising makeathons, we also work with students from the The Hague University of Applied Sciences

CityBarge would also like to iterate together with the end users (businesses and residents) during the design process. This process was boosted by CityBarge winning the Enpuls Challenge.

Timeline

The innovative hull was revealed in early. In the fall of 2020, CityBarge will start with logistical operations over water.

In the fall of 2020, a test-phase is planned with (commercial)waste on our floating mini-hub. This prototype will start in a single city. If the results of the testing phase are positive we will expand to more cities. 

Jazeker! CityBarge wil in 2025 actief zijn in 25 Europese steden.

How does the recycling barge work?

CityBarge makes the source separation of waste possible in cities with a water infrastructure. However, a maximum walking distance of 250m must be taken into account.

An app is being developed with partners to aid this. Early March, CityBarge and the Hague University of Applied Sciences organized a makeathon. Here, thirty students set to work on the question: what does the new information platform for water transport look like? Concepts were developed where residents can see the location of the boat and whether the waste bins are empty and accessible.

Sensor are used to judge the fill grade and will indicate when an exchange of the barge is necessary. The mini-hubs consist of several modular units, therefore it is possible to increase waste volumes if necessary.

Environment

By keeping trucks out of the city center, there is less air pollution, less damage to the historic quays and bridges, lower safety risks and less noise pollution. In addition, the separation of waste provides a great environmental benefit.

The push boat does not use fossil fuels. The boat is electrically driven. Onboard batteries will power the electric motors.

Safety

Extensive stability calculations are made for each concept to ensure that everyone can step on board without any worries. In addition, an extensive risk analysis is carried out to ensure the necessary safety precautions.

We are in consultation with representatives of the community to ensure that everyone can dispose of their waste. Possibly this will be done in collaboration with partners who, for example, collect waste with cargo bikes.

Design

To determine this, we will engage with residents and municipalities to discuss different designs and arrive at the best and most attractive solution. For this, we work together with Enpuls.

Yes, but in a non-permanent manner. This will be done in a similar manner to the common 'Terrace-boats' in the Dutch canals. 

Because the waste is cooled by the surrounding water, the nuisance will be minimised. In addition, the possibilities for "air fresheners for containers" and the installation of ozone generators are being explored. 

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