Basel - The Swiss Federal Office of Transport (UFT), the Cantons of Basel-city and Basel-country, and the Swiss Rhine River Ports (SRH) have signed a declaration of intent for upgrade work at the ports located along the Rhine, including the construction of a third basin at the port of Kleinhüningen. The federal funding for the projects will be converted into a federal stake in a limited company (SA) for port infrastructures.
Some of the key points are: federal participation in the financing of the third basin in Basel-Kleinhüningen with interest-free loans (according to the provisions of the Freight Transport Act); the setting-up of a limited company for Port Facility Infrastructure, under the SRH banner, which provides for the possibility of the Swiss state’s participation through the provision of conditional repayable loans as equity.
Consideration will also be given to the possibility of integrating the Harbor Rail (HBSAG) into the new SA; SRH is to remain a public entity institution governed by the Rhine ports Treaty between the cantons of Basel-City and Basel-Country; better harmonization of port development with the Swiss state infrastructure planning (eg strategic rail infrastructure development programme, sectoral plan, etc.); maintenance and improvement of the ports’ various capabilities and features.The possible relocation of the Kleinhüningen station is to be financed by the Canton of Basel-City; a steering committee for the implementation of the declarations of intent should be formed, consisting of representatives of the Swiss Confederation, the Cantons of Basel-City and Basel-Country, and SRH.