Temporary barge quay at Europa Terminal to guarantee smooth service during works

Temporary barge quay at Europa Terminal to guarantee smooth service during works

Start of first phase involves deepening quayside

The first phase of the renewal of the Europa Terminal is underway. To keep offering the same level of service during the extensive works and to continue to encourage the modal shift, a new barge quay has been constructed. Operational as of today, it is temporarily creating additional mooring space for inland navigation. The quayside and terminal upgrade, which will take about ten years, will ensure that the latest generation of container ships can continue to call at Antwerp.

First phase launched

In order to continue to compete at the top level of world ports and offer customers additional container capacity and a high-performance infrastructure, Port of Antwerp-Bruges and PSA Antwerp are investing in the upgrade of the quayside and automated yard of the Europa Terminal. The works are being split up into three major phases, with a third of the new quayside being upgraded each time, while the remainder remains operational.

With preparatory work and tests completed, the first phase of the extensive works can now get underway. In this phase, the Temporary Partnership of four contractors - Artes-Roegiers, Artes-Depret, Herbosch-Kiere and Boskalis - will be demolishing the existing quayside, installing temporary structures for further implementation and starting construction of the first section of the 1,200-metre-long new quayside, which will boast a 16-metre draught.

Smooth services

Working in three phases will allow the terminal to remain operational throughout the entire 10-year period of the works and allow ships to continue to dock. In order to ensure a smooth service to customers and to continue to encourage the modal shift, a temporary barge quay will provide additional mooring space for inland navigation. Construction of this new 150-metre quay was completed in April and after extensive testing, it is now ready to handle barges until the end of the works. Port of Antwerp-Bruges will be in charge of the operationality of the quay during the works.

Annick De Ridder, Port Alderwoman of the City of Antwerp and Chair of the Board of Directors of Port of Antwerp-Bruges: "Thanks to the Europa Terminal being deepened from 13.5 to 16 metres, together with PSA Antwerp, we will be able to continue to receive the largest container ships. This new barge quay will provide additional mooring space for inland navigation during the extensive works. This project is essential to the competitiveness and sustainable growth of our port, the economic engine of Flanders."
Cameron Thorpe, CEO PSA Belgium: "It is essential that we maintain a high level of operational delivery to our customers during the investments to upgrade the Europa Terminal. We are convinced that in cooperation with the port and our customers, this temporary quay will ensure that we can continue to serve the barges calling at PSA Antwerp."

 

 

 

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With an overall throughput of 271 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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