7th April 2010 – I visited another barge with some potential for the future. It is more of wreck then a barge. At the other hand it is a historical vessel and certainly not in a better condition then the Watergeus once was.
At this moment there are a lot of barges for sale in Belgium. There are a few reasons why:
- Regulations have changed and are changing constantly
- Every ship needs to have a hull survey (every five year)
- Most ships for sale are expensive to buy and no bank will lent you the money
- There are not many free moorings available at this time.
Therefore I’m still doubting whether I will take such a project or not. Buying the barge may be cheap, converting it will cost me a fortune.