Kinderdijk windmills even better accessible by water
Subsidy enables the reinstatement of historic barge Jantina's shuttle service to Kinderdijk.
The inauguration and reinstatement of the former barge Jantina once again brings Kinderdijk a beautiful means of access by water. On 18 April 2018, the vessel was officially taken into service at its shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel. The Province made €130,000 available from its heritage line Water Triangle for the sustainable modification of the historic barge Jantina. From now on, the barge will resume its supply route across the Nederweert to the windmills of the Kinderdijk. This is how the Province and over 200 volunteers of this project are promoting the upkeep of this cultural property, allowing everyone to experience it.
Rik Janssen, Regional Minister Cultural Heritage for the Province of Zuid-Holland: “This beautiful vessel expands the boat connections in the region around the Kinderdijk considerably. It is great that besides two other vessels, the Jantina has now been taken into service and allows visitors with reduced mobility to make the journey. Earlier on, the Province had already made funds available to make the Kinderdijk windmills and landing stages also accessible to visitors with reduced mobility. It serves as an impulse to strengthen the leisure economy in the Alblasserwaard-Vijfheerenlanden region. This is a joint ambition in the field of regional authorities, social organisations, the business community and the Province. We offer our special thanks to the team of volunteers that performed Jantina's metamorphosis. Two hundred (200) other volunteers join them and the World Heritage Kinderdijk Foundation to make this unique object an experience of a lifetime. We are proud of this beautiful Unesco World Heritage project in our province”.
The Jantina has been fitted with sustainable electric motors and made suitable to transport 50 persons. The historic former supply barge dates from 1895 and was donated to the World Heritage Kinderdijk Foundation (Werelderfgoed Kinderdijk) by the Maritime Museum in Rotterdam. The 8 new windows offer all passengers a beautiful view of the windmills. The Jantine will sail the Nederwaard river from 1 May 2018 and will offer an alternative route across the water to museum windmill Blokweer. The Province wishes the Jantine a safe voyage.
The Heritage Lines Package earlier provided funds to allow the Kinderdijk windmills to be accessible to and experienced by visitors with reduced mobility. The Contra windmill and the Wisboom pumping station have been made wheelchair-accessible by adapting the landing stage and the access road. A further grant was given for the infrastructure of the excursion boats at the Kinderdijk. This has resulted in the possibility to take an excursion by boat through the entire area, getting on and off at any landing stage. In total, almost €300,000 in grants has been awarded to the project.
Water Triangle (Waterdriehoek)
The Province of Zuid-Holland assists in the protection of our heritage and allows it to be experienced and used. The Water Triangle is a good example. The large rivers Merwede, North and Old Meuse and their banks form the connection between the 3 icons: Biesbosch, Dordrecht and Kinderdijk. This heritage line tells the story of the water: the history and the special knowledge that the Netherlands possesses in the field of dredging, off-shore, ship building and water works.