Conti Seafrigo Antwerp realises new frozen food warehouse

Conti Seafrigo Antwerp realises new frozen food warehouse

The JV Conti Seafrigo Antwerp (CSA) has acquired a concession on the Nieuwe Westweg (near the Bevrijdingsdok in the port of Antwerp). The joint venture between the Conti-Lines Group and Seafrigo will build a sustainable frozen food warehouse with space for more than 40,000 pallets on the approximately 6-hectare site. This investment further strengthens the "cold chain" segment in Port of Antwerp-Bruges.

Maritime growth

The concession will be the location for a brand new, state-of-the-art food logistics platform. Seafrigo Antwerp NV will be responsible for its operation and the processing and storage of a wide range of refrigerated and frozen perishables. ​ The development of a frozen warehouse will allow the CSA alliance to expand its maritime network through strong international partnerships. Also, the warehouse offers essential added value for the Antwerp cold chain segment given the very high utilisation rate in the temperature-controlled warehouses and the high current market demand.

Innovative ambitions

The 25 m high-rise warehouse will be equipped with a brand new IT system that - combined with inspections via drones - will ensure higher overall safety and efficiency on the shop floor. Sustainability is also a high priority for the parties involved. In addition to using solar panels and heat pumps, hydrogen-powered vehicles are being examined. We are also looking at whether waste heat can be used to heat our own buildings. In addition, the new building meets the "very good" label of the BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) principles.

William Demoor, Vice President Customer Relations Port of Antwerp-Bruges said, "This new investment will provide great added value within the cold chain segment of Port of Antwerp-Bruges. With their clear ambitions for sustainability, Antwerp Cold Stores Seafrigo's strategy is fully in line with our own long-term vision."
From left to right: William Demoor (VP Customer Relations Port of Antwerp-Bruges), Tom Hautekiet (CCO Port of Antwerp-Bruges, Jacques Vandermeiren (CEO Port of Antwerp-Bruges, Eric Barbé (CEO Seafrigo Group) en Jean-Frédéric Brion (Executive Chairman Conti-Lines Group)
From left to right: William Demoor (VP Customer Relations Port of Antwerp-Bruges), Tom Hautekiet (CCO Port of Antwerp-Bruges, Jacques Vandermeiren (CEO Port of Antwerp-Bruges, Eric Barbé (CEO Seafrigo Group) en Jean-Frédéric Brion (Executive Chairman Conti-Lines Group)

 

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About Port of Antwerp-Bruges

With an overall throughput of 289 million tonnes per year, Port of Antwerp-Bruges is a critical hub in worldwide trade and industry. The port is a crucial link for the handling of containers, breakbulk and for the throughput of vehicles. Port of Antwerp-Bruges is home to 1,400 companies and accommodates the largest integrated chemical cluster in Europe. The port provides, directly and indirectly, a total of around 164,000 jobs and generates an added value of 21 billion euros.
 
The ambition for Port of Antwerp-Bruges is clear - to become the world's first port that reconciles economy, people and climate. As well as growing in a sustainable way, the Port also aims to focus on its unique position as a logistics, maritime and industrial centre and to take the lead in the transition to a circular and low-carbon economy. Together with the port community, customers and other partners, Port of Antwerp-Bruges is actively seeking innovative solutions for a sustainable future. High on the agenda is its responsibility for the environment and the surrounding society. 

The port sites of Antwerp and Zeebrugge are operated by the Antwerp-Bruges Port Authority, a limited liability company of public law with the City of Antwerp and the City of Bruges as its shareholders. The port employs 1,800 people. Vice-Mayor of Antwerp Annick De Ridder is President of the Board of Directors, the Mayor of Bruges Dirk De fauw is the Vice-President. Jacques Vandermeiren is CEO and President of the Executive Committee, which is responsible for the port’s day-to-day management. 

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