Rijkswaterstaat

Gloomy skies above Amsterdam Centrum
Sep 5 '18 14:49

The provinces of Noord-Holland, Zuid-Holland and Utrecht were faced with heavy rainfall on Wednesday. The A20 to Rotterdam had to be closed for several hours due to flooding. Streets in various places were also under water, NU.nl reports.

Public works department Rijkswaterstaat closed the A20 highway at the Kleinpolderplein junction around 11:00 a.m. because the road surface was under water to such an extent that it was unsafe to drive over it. The highway was reopened around 1:15 p.m.

Coast guard ship the Barend Biesheuvel in the port of Scheveningen
Aug 21 '18 12:30

Dutch public works department Rijkswaterstaat spent a million euros on two speedboats that can not be used, Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure and Water Management informed the lower house of Dutch parliament, NOS reports.

View of Vlissingen, seen across the Westerschelde from the Breskens marina
Aug 20 '18 14:00

An oil spill was discovered off the coast of Vlissingen this weekend. The spill in the Westerschelde is believed to originate from Spyros Armenakis, a Greek ship that sank 800 meters off the Vlissingen boulevard in 1965, Omroep Zeeland reports.

The ship still had fuel on it when it sank. The fuel was largely pumped out years ago, but a small amount remained. Some of it also leaked out four years ago.

Hundreds of swans covered in oil after a spill in the Derde Petroleum port in Rotterdam, 24 June 2018
Jul 16 '18 12:40

The first 41 of after an oil spill in the port of Rotterdam three weeks ago, were released again on Saturday. After the oil leak, the swans spent weeks in a temporary shelter on Maeslantkering in Hoek van Holland, being cleaned and recuperating. More swans will be released in the coming weeks, RTL Nieuws reports

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Jul 11 '18 12:30

The number of accidents on Dutch highways in the first half of this year increased by a quarter compared to the same period last year, the ANWB reports based on figures from public works department Rijkswaterstaat, ANP reports.

In the first six months of 2017 there were 10 thousand accidents on Dutch highways. This year there were 12,800. 

Hundreds of swans covered in oil after a spill in the Derde Petroleum port in Rotterdam, 24 June 2018
Jul 5 '18 10:40

The Dutch Safety Board launched an investigation into an oil tanker colliding with a jetty at the port of Rotterdam on June 23rd. Someafter the collision. The Safety Board will investigate both the cause of the collision, and the control of environmental damage after the oil spill, NU.nl reports.

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Jul 4 '18 09:17

The construction of a new sea lock in IJmuiden will take 27 months longer than expected, public works department Rijkswaterstaat announced on Tuesday evening. Builders BAM and VolkerWessels are again pushing millions more into the construction, ANP reports.

BAM reports a cost overrun of around 30 million euros, VolkerWessels 31.5 million euros. It is now expected that the first ships will only be able to use the sea lock in January 2022, instead of next year.

Sperm whale spotted in the North Sea off the coast of Den Helder, 25 June 2018
Jun 27 '18 10:50

The sperm whale, died a natural death in the same area on Tuesday evening, SOS Dolfijn said on Twitter.

Hundreds of swans covered in oil after a spill in the Derde Petroleum port in Rotterdam, 24 June 2018
Jun 26 '18 15:00

Of the more than 200 tons of o, more than 150 tons have been cleaned up. The rest of the cleanup will take a few more days, RTL Nieuws reports.

Hundreds of swans covered in oil after a spill in the Derde Petroleum port in Rotterdam, 24 June 2018
Jun 25 '18 07:54

Hundreds of oil covered swans were captured out of the water at Maassluis and taken to a bird shelter on Sunday, following an oil spill in the Derde Petroleum port in Rotterdam on Saturday. Around 15 animal ambulances and several boats from the fire brigade helped to capture the animals. There is great concern that several swans will not survive, RTL Nieuws reports.

Traffic
May 23 '18 09:04

Tuesday evening saw the busiest evening rush hour in the Netherlands so far this year. At its peak, there were 955 kilometers of traffic jams on Dutch roads, according to traffic association ANWB.

The traffic jams were mainly caused by bad weather in the south and east of the country, a spokesperson for Dutch public works department Rijkswaterstaat said to ANP. "In addition, almost everyone had off on Monday, making it extra busy on Tuesday", the spokesperson said. 

Ship transporting containers on the Maas river
May 3 '18 13:30

The inland transport of hazardous substances by ship needs more safety measures, the Dutch Safety Board concluded in its investigation into an accident in Grave in December 2016. Then a tanker carrying 2,000 tons of benzene c over the Maas river during foggy weather, ANP reports.

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Apr 9 '18 07:13

One person was killed and another seriously hurt in an accident on the A58 highway near Moergestel on Monday morning. The highway towards Tilburg is closed.

The accident may have been caused by stones on the road, ANP reports. The police are investigating whether the stones fell from a vehicle or were deliberately placed on the road, AD reports.

The highway is closed between junction Batadorp and Moergestel, ANWB reports. 

Motorists trapped on the highway due to the road closures were led away by the police around 6:45 a.m. 

Port of Amsterdam boats responding to an area on the IJ where a WWII sea mine was found, 1 Feb 2018
Apr 4 '18 10:30

On Wednesday morning the Ministry of Defense's Explosive Ordnance Disposal team removed a sea mine from the IJ in Amsterdam. The World War II mine, which weighs around 600 kilograms, was It will be detonated in Markermeer on Wednesday afternoon, NU.nl reports.

Traffic
Mar 29 '18 08:57

With many Dutch going away for the Easter weekend, and, many traffic problems are expected starting around 2:00 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, according to public works department Rijkswaterstaat. 

A truck crashed into a viaduct on the A28 at Leusden, 13 March 2018
Mar 13 '18 11:40

A truck crashed into a pillar of a viaduct on te A28 at Leusden-Zuid on Tuesday morning. The highway from Utrecht to Amersfoort is closed, the traffic information services report on twitter. 

The accident happened around 10:00 a.m. The truck driver is trapped in the truck, according to the police. The fire department is at the scene, and placed screens around the scene of the accident. A trauma helicopter is also at the scene, AD reports.

Burst water pipe closes the A12 in Den Haag in both directions, 1 March 2018
Mar 1 '18 08:02

The A12 in Den Haag, also called the Utrechtsebaan, is closed in both directions on Thursday morning due to a burst water pipe. The extremely cold weather turned the road into something of an ice rink, the Telegraaf reports.

A Rijkswaterstaat salt truck
Feb 28 '18 15:30

Since Tuesday nights salt trucks covered over 31 thousand kilometers of roads throughout the Netherlands with around 2 million kilograms of salt. Ice breakers are also on standby, to help any ships that get into trouble on freezing water, Dutch public works department Rijkswaterstaat said. 

Throughout the winter, the Rijkswaterstaat already sprinkled some 80 million kilograms of salt on the roads to combat slickness and iciness and thereby keep the roads accessible and safe. "We drove around the world about 33 times this winter", the department said on Twitter.

An icy road in Amsterdam, 12 Dec 2017
Feb 12 '18 07:16

Motorists can expect a busy rush hour on Monday morning due to icy roads and showers. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for all provinces except Friesland. 

The northeastern parts of the country should be careful of icy roads the entire day. In the rest of the country, the iciness should melt away during the course of the morning. 

NS train hits tree in Netherlands
Jan 18 '18 17:11

Over 150 damage claims were made along the Dutch rail lines , of which there were about 40 serious incidents. Although limited train service in the Netherlands was expected to begin on Thursday at 5 p.m., the railroad infrastructure firm ProRail advised passengers to find alternative ways home.

Traffic builds up towards Schiphol's departures, 18 Jan 2018
Jan 18 '18 15:04

A difficult Thursday rush hour was expected to cap an annoying work day for many in the Netherlands. Trouble on the railroad, confusion at the airport, and traffic jams were likely to continue well into the evening.

Truck blown over on the A50 near Heteren, 18 Jan 2018
Jan 18 '18 10:56

Dutch infrastructure department Rijkswaterstaat is warning motorists to stay off the roads as strong winds brought by a western storm rage over the country. A c for large parts of the country. The emergency call center is jammed up with people calling about storm damage. The police call on people in the Netherlands to only use emergency number 112 to report actual emergencies.

A truck trailer toppled on the A9 near the Badhoevedorp junction, 18 Jan 2018
Jan 18 '18 09:08

Meteorological institute extended its code orange storm warning to the entire country. Traffic information services are reporting increasing problems on the roads due to accidents and bridges closing due to the strong winds.

The dike between Enkhuizen and Lelystad is currently closed to freight traffic and cars pulling trailers due to the weather. The Oosterscheldekering will be closed to all traffic between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

A Rikswaterstaat vehicle warning road users to be careful during stormy conditions
Jan 18 '18 08:05

A western storm is set to hit the Netherlands this morning. A code orange weather warning for very strong winds is in effect for all provinces except the northern ones, where a code yellow warning is in place. Road users in Groningen are also warned to beware of icy roads. All forms of traffic will be affected by the storm, with canceled flights, fewer trains, and more traffic.

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