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Tuesday 30 June

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Monday 29 June

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  • Uber will help you hail a boat in Istanbul theverge.com

    Uber launched a new intercontinental service this week, but it's not what you would expect. If you're in Istanbul, you can now hail an UberBoat to take you across the Bosphorous, the strait that divides the European and Asian halves of the city....


Saturday 20 June

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  • Canal charity issues safety guidance leighreporter.co.uk

    A new safety campaign is encouraging cyclists and walkers to be aware of each other when using the borough’s network of canal towpaths. The Canal and River Trust’s initiative has been launched within weeks of a horrific incident in Wigan which left an elderly woman with serious injuries. Last month 76-year-old Judith Norris lost four teeth and required 12 stitches after being knocked to the ground while walking with friends close to Horrock’s Flash. The cyclist involved in the collision did stop at the scene but then rode off without leaving his full name....


Thursday 18 June

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  • Vandals drain whole of 'Wolverhampton 21' lock flight expressandstar.com

    The entire two mile stretch of the Wolverhampton lock flight was drained on Wednesday after vandals opened all of its 21 locks....

  • Dutch startup plans first 3D printed steel bridge to span Amsterdam canal theguardian.com

    A Dutch startup has unveiled plans to build the world’s first 3D-printed bridge across an Amsterdam canal, a technique that could become standard on future construction sites. Using robotic printers “that can ‘draw’ steel structures in 3D, we will print a (pedestrian) bridge over water in the centre of Amsterdam,” engineering startup company MX3D said in a statement, hoping to kick off the project by September. The plan involves robotic arm printers ‘walking’ across the canal as it slides along the bridge’s edges, essentially printing its own support structure out of thin air as it moves along....

  • Boats to use Somersetshire Coal Canal for the first time 117 years somersetguardian.co.uk

    The Somersetshire Coal Canal will reopen a section of its Radford and Paulton branch with its first boat since 1898 as part of July’s Radford Canal Festival. The moment is timed to coincide with this year’s local and national celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the publication of William Smith's first ‘Stratigraphic Map’ in the world. This launched the science of geology and was based on his experience as this canal’s surveyor. The first 400m of the canal is a huge achievement of the Somersetshire Coal Canal Society which is also holding a Big History Day on Saturday, June 27 at the Conygre Hall in Timsbury showing how Smith, geology, the canal and railways made Bath and this part of Somerset what it is today. ...

  • Canal adopted by Leeds girl guide pack yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk

    Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and members of The Senior Section and Trefoil Guild from Leeds have seized the opportunity to improve the waterway by joining the Canal & River Trust’s Adopt a Canal initiative. The girls have adopted the Leeds Lock and towpath area adjacent to Clarence Dock....

  • New moorings for Leeds waterways ahead of major festival yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk

    In Leeds, new moorings and better access to the city’s attractions are among the improvements made by the Canal & River Trust’s North East Waterway Partnership, with just over a week to go until the eighth Leeds Waterfront Festival. The stay-time has increased on the Aire and Calder Navigation, and brand new moorings have been created at Knostrop Lock, Leeds Lock, Brewery Wharf and Fearns Wharf....

  • £500 per night canal boat with hot tub among luxury London properties for rent after changes to laws on short-term lets standard.co.uk

    This £500-per-night canal boat with its own hot tub is among luxury accommodation being rented out by Londoners after changes to laws on short-term lets. The boat, docked in Little Venice, can sleep up to six people and comes with private use of a neighbouring garden. It is just one of the quirky properties that visitors to the capital can enjoy after recent reforms to home sharing laws made it easier for Londoners to rent out their homes....

  • Sunken boat is raised by Melton & Oakham Waterways Society meltontimes.co.uk

    A 12-ft long sunken boat which had been submerged for years in the River Eye was successfully raised by the Melton and Oakham Waterways Society....


Wednesday 17 June

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  • Floating Art Tour Arrives in Hemel Hempstead grandunion.boatshed.com

    A group of canal based artists are spending this month visiting Hemel Hempstead on the southern Grand Union. The Artists on the Canal are a group of boaters who have temporarily turned their boats into cruising galleries, displaying paintings, drawings, sculptures, poetry, and visual installations in ‘pop-up shops’ along the towpath. The floating art tour consists of four boats, five artists and six locations. ...


Tuesday 16 June

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  • New campaign for Driffield canal restoration driffieldtoday.co.uk

    Waterways enthusiasts have started a campaign to raise £500,000 to complete the final stage of the restoration of the Driffield Navigation Canal. Members of the Driffield Navigation Amenities Association (DNAA) launched the campaign to pay for the rebuilding of the Wansford Road road bridge, which is the final barrier preventing barges from travelling all the way from Driffield to London....

  • Dog bite incidents reported on canal towpath in Market Harborough harboroughmail.co.uk

    Police officers have been made aware of a number of dog bite incidents on the canal towpath in the union wharf area of Market Harborough involving what is believed to be the same dog. On a number of occasions, people walking or jogging through have been approached by the dog and bitten. Dogs also being walked by their owners have been also bitten by the dog. The dog is described as a light brown dog which is similar to a greyhound in appearance. It is often accompanied by two other dogs described as a black dog along with a smaller black and white terrier sized dog. None of the injuries sustained by the people or dogs have been described as serious....

  • INEOS fined £166,650 over toxic spill in Manchester Ship Canal liverpoolecho.co.uk

    Chemical giant Ineos ChlorVinyls has been fined £166,650 over a toxic spill in the Manchester Ship Canal. The company, based in Weston Point, had admitted a charge of breaching its environmental permit after an estimated 3.8 tonnes of caustic soda burst from a pipe that was being used to load a ship at Percival Lane on January 17, 2012. The firm was also ordered to pay £28,811.78 in costs....

  • Environmental calls for sea traffic to take Caledonian Canal https:

    The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa) are urging vessels sailing from the west coast to the North Sea and vice versa, to take the direct route by using the famous canal. Sepa estimate that using the canal rather than the longer route through the Minch and the stormy seas of the Pentland Firth would save around 7,700 litres of fuel and more than 85% in carbon emissions for a return journey. Sepa estimate that an average journey along the 60 mile canal from Corpach to Inverness would burn around 500 litres of fuel, compared with an average 3,850litres for the longer trip....

  • Young and old Poddle for Wey & Arun Canal chichester.co.uk

    On a sunny day with a cooling breeze, 142 people strolled across the South Downs for the Wey and Arun Canal Trust. Proceeds from the annual Poddle last Sunday totalled £6,750 and with the Gift Aid on most of the proceeds, the trust was able to top it up to more than £8,000. The money will go to restoration projects along the length of the canal, which runs 23 miles from Pallingham to Shalford in Surrey....

  • Building a bridge by 3D printing mx3d.com

    Mx3D is to 3D print a steel bridge. Really. With our robots that can “draw” steel structures in 3D, we will print a bridge over water in the center of Amsterdam. We research and develop groundbreaking, cost-effective robotic technology with which we can 3D print beautiful, functional objects in almost any form. The ultimate test? Printing an intricate, ornate metal bridge for a special location to show what our robots and software, engineers, craftsmen and designers can do....

  • The low waterway bridge that doesn't open - instead, ships submerge to pass under marineinsight.com

    A major road bridge with no need to open because ships ‘submerge’ under it – this is the new Tilting Lock invented by Dutch engineers at Royal HaskoningDHV. The Tilting Lock (Kantelsluis) is a floating structure which has two separate water filled channels with space for five yachts at a time. When the lock is level, the water surface in both channels is 4 metre lower than the water in the river. To start service the lock will tilt in order to raise the level of one of the channels to meet the water level outside the Tilting Lock....


Thursday 11 June

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  • 3D Printed Steel Pedestrian Bridge Will Soon Span an Amsterdam Canal 3dprint.com

    The oldest of Amsterdam’s approximately 1,280 bridges in use dates back to 1648. The city is famous for its beautiful canals and waterways, and Dutch engineers have long made their names in constructing ways around the “Venice of the North.” Tourists are encouraged to visit one particular bridge on the Herengracht canal, from which they can see 15 bridges in one view. In addition to bridges, the Netherlands has been gaining fame across the board for its reputation in the global 3D printing arena. Now, the two are being brought together in an amazing feat of engineering prowess as Heijmans, MX3D, and Joris Laarman Lab collaborate on a first-of-its-kind project: a 3D printed steel pedestrian bridge that will span one of Amsterdam’s historic canals....

  • 'Concern' over HS2 canal bridges https:

    The Canal & River Trust has raised “concern” over the bridges to be used by the £43bn High Speed 2 (HS2) project. There will be 40 interfaces between the ultra-modern rapid rail link from London to the North and the Canal & River Trust’s historic network of inland waterways. “How do we ensure that these huge proposals take account of the special context and character of our waterway world?” asked the trust’s urban design team manager Marcus Chaloner. ...


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