Port of Antwerp aims for more efficient road transport with night-time opening hours on Right bank of Scheldt

Port of Antwerp aims for more efficient road transport with night-time opening hours on Right bank of Scheldt

The container terminals on the Right bank of the Scheldt in the Port of Antwerp will also be open at night as of Monday 3 June.

This means that the PSA Europa and Noordzee terminals will be open 24 hours per day on weekdays. In addition the MedRepair empty container depot on the Right bank will open one hour earlier, at 5 a.m. Both initiatives are the result of structural collaboration between various partners in the port: Antwerp Port Authority, Alfaport Voka, the terminals, representatives from the transport sector, forwarders, shippers and professional associations. Together they aim to work more efficiently, with distributed flows of transport. The ambition in the next phase is to involve the entire supply chain in this initiative along with Multimodaal.Vlaanderen (Multimodal Flanders).

Night operation by terminals and depots.

With two additional night terminals for container trucks on the Right bank, PSA is helping to further develop night logistics in the port. On the Left bank, in the Deurganck dock, the MPET and Antwerp Gateway terminals for their part have been developing this service since March 2017.

Facilitating night logistics on both banks of the Scheldt makes connections between different terminals simpler for logistics operators. The involvement of empty container depots is also essential as it permits empty containers to be exchanged on both sides of the river.

With the introduction of this initiative PSA Antwerp and MedRepair aim to meet the demand from the transport sector and thus to promote more efficient traffic movements in and around the port of Antwerp.

Call to action for the supply chain

The port partners involved in the initiative will analyse the operation of this night-time opening on an ongoing basis. If everything goes according to plan, then the initial phase of six months will be followed by a conversion phase lasting two years with the whole of the market being involved in this logistics project.

Alfaport-Voka director Stephan Vanfraechem declared: "Now the terminals and depots in the port are offering a way to avoid congestion during the day. However this will only work if everybody joins in, including the warehouses and production sites in the hinterland."

Modal shift

The night logistics initiative forms part of the mobility strategy being deployed by Port of Antwerp. At this moment when the roadworks on the Oosterweel link are due to start, the Port Authority is also calling for a "mental shift." Together with the other partners on the port platform it is setting up numerous initiatives to improve the alternatives to road transport, such as barge and rail. This call to action also includes working at night wherever possible.

"This collaboration is the result of successful project implementation by various partners in the supply chain. We want to get all parties on board for more efficient transport, for the benefit not only of companies but also ordinary citizens in and around Antwerp," concluded port alderman Annick De Ridder.

About Port of Antwerp-Bruges

With an overall throughput of 289 million tons 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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