In 2012 we lost Jean Jacques Peters, former engineer of Flanders Hydraulics Research (1964 till 1979) and international expert in sediment transport, river hydraulics and morphology. As a tribute to him we have created potamology, a virtual memorial archive whose aim is to preserve and disseminate his way of thinking and his morphological approach to river problems all over the world.This archive provides four modules, each with its specific information set relevant to Peters’ work. Where available and if not confidential, there will also be access to the full text. In dialogue with Peters’ family we continue to make his life’s work accessible.
Peters, J.J. (2010). Maritime access to Congo - State of affairs. Meded. Zitt. K. Acad. Overzeese Wet. = Bull. séances Acad. r. sci. O.-m. 56(3): 305-321
In: Mededelingen der Zittingen van de Koninklijke Academie voor Overzeese Wetenschappen = Bulletin des Séances de l'Académie royale des Sciences d'Outre-Mer. Koninklijke Academie voor Overzeese Wetenschappen: Bruxelles. ISSN 0001-4176
On 5 December 1986, our Academy organized a symposium "Maritime Access to Zaire", in which the problems and actions in relation with the accessibility of the maritime ports of Matadi and Boma were presented. Since 1968, the hydraulic labor - atories at Borgerhout and Châtelet have provided assistance to the Régie des Voies Maritimes (RVM) for improving the management of dredging operations in the Région Divagante (wandering area) in the maritime reach of the Congo River. This technical assistance, financed by the Belgian Cooperation, came to a halt in 1988 and the country has experienced since then troubled times which have created difficulties in the running of RVM. Moreover, the mobility of river channels and sandbars has forced RVM to open new fairways. The depths for navigation drop regularly under the acceptable limit and shipping companies complain about that. Today, the issue of maritime access to the Democratic Republic of Congo is raising again with acuteness.