Port of Antwerp-Bruges today introduces the new Ketenis truck parking. The free parking facility has 280 parking spaces and will open on Friday afternoon (31 March at 1pm). The parking facility will also host fast chargers for electric trucks in the near future.
After truck parking Goordijk (210 spaces) on the right bank of the Scheldt, Port of Antwerp-Bruges is now opening the free parking Ketenis on the left bank of the Scheldt with 280 parking spaces.
Driver comfort and safety are a major concern for Port of Antwerp-Bruges. The truck parking is fenced, lit and equipped with camera surveillance, Wi-Fi and sanitary facilities. Snacks and drinks are available from vending machines.
In addition, Port of Antwerp-Bruges wants to avoid nuisance caused by parked trucks around the port.
The new parking is close to the current and future container terminals on the Left Bank of the Scheldt. This opens up the option of using the parking facility in the future as daytime waiting parking for trucks that are too early for their appointment at the terminal.
The total investment is about €10 million, of which about €2 million is European support within the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).
A significant part of this investment has gone towards the remediation of the site. Here, Port of Antwerp-Bruges has assumed its social responsibility to future generations.
Preparations for charging infrastructure were put in during the build.
Port of Antwerp-Bruges, meanwhile, is in the process of licensing Ketenis and Goordijk parking facilities. The licensee will operate the parking and provide fast chargers (300kW) for electric trucks: at least ten at Ketenis and at least five at Goordijk.
Green corridor Antwerp-Zeebrugge
This month, preparatory works for a truck parking also started in Zeebrugge's inner port. It will also have charging infrastructure for electric trucks. This will create a green corridor for road transport between the two port areas.
As such, Port of Antwerp-Bruges also wants to help break the chicken and egg situation: there are no electric trucks because there are no chargers, and vice versa. There will be fast chargers at the truck parks in both Antwerp and Zeebrugge.
Annick De Ridder, Vice-Mayor of the City of Antwerp and President of the board of directors of Port of Antwerp-Bruges: "This new truck parking is excellently located near the current and future container terminals on the Left Bank of the Scheldt. Parking Ketenis will provide better comfort of and greater safety for truck drivers. Moreover, thanks to its electric loading capacity, this parking will become an essential link in electric truck transport between the port platforms of Antwerp and Zeebrugge. Our port is the economic engine of Flanders. The more sustainable that engine runs, the better!"
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