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23 August 2019 Scheldt Quays, Antwerpen, Flanders - Belgium.

Scheldt Quays, Antwerpen, Flanders - Belgium. Antwerp's potential as a great seaport, though 80 km inland, was previously recognized by Napoleon Bonaparte, who ordered the construction of Antwerp's first lock and dock in 1811. After that, the port expanded relentlessly, resulting in the modern quaysides outside the city where each year over 14,000 seagoing vessels moor up. In the now historic waterfront, shown as the Rijn Quay in the picture above, no less than two million passengers have embarked to North America with the Red Star Line. After the storm tide of January 1976, which created a strong (yet possibly altogether too short-lived) public awareness of the risk of inundation along the tidal reach of the Scheldt, a water barrier consisting of a 5.5 km long and 1.35 m high concrete wall was built next to the historic waterfront. Now, climate change and rising sea levels have made it necessary to improve on these protection measures. Therefore, in order to protect the City of Antwerp, the Flemish Waterways plc, who with the Sigma Plan protects Flanders from flooding, will implement a structural stabilization of the 19th century quay walls and replace the existing concrete wall with a water barrier that is 90 cmhigher. It will also be easier on the eye and be more integrated with the surroundings. More ports and cities around the globe will have to make similar changes to their coastal infrastructure as more threats become imminent. (Photograph taken March 2019 by Erik Van Wellen, Maverick Enterprise, Antwerpen, Belgium.)

©Coastal Education and Research Foundation, Inc. 2019
"Scheldt Quays, Antwerpen, Flanders - Belgium.," Journal of Coastal Research 35(5), (23 August 2019).
Published: 23 August 2019
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