Europe’s second largest seaport, the Port of Antwerp-Bruges and terminal operator PSA Antwerp have given the official green light for the quay and terminal renewal of Europa Terminal.
The renewal process, which will cost 335 million euros, is expected to take nine years and will take place in three phases. The project aims to strengthen the project’s competitive position as the port takes steps to become more sustainable.
The port authority said the refurbishment of the terminal would contribute to the transition to a climate-neutral port. The electrification and other optimizations planned as part of the renewal works are expected to reduce CO2 emissions per container by 50% and the wind turbines will increase the share of renewable energies.
The project will increase the depth of vessels that can moor at the 1,200 meter wharf from 13.5 meters to 16 meters.
“Because ships must be able to continue to moor during major works and in order to minimize the operational impact, we are approaching the wharf in three major phases. In addition, we will create additional temporary moorings for inland navigation, to guarantee our customers a smooth service,” said the port.
As announced, the new quay will receive a new orientation to ensure sufficient distance between passing ships and the terminal and to protect the nearby Galgenschoor nature reserve. In the final phase of the construction works, an underwater dam should be built to provide additional protection to the nature reserve and prevent its subsidence.
“Throughout the process, all parties involved will take the necessary steps to minimize disruption, in close consultation with the surrounding area,” said the port.
Following a call for tenders, the contract for the works was concluded today with a temporary company of four contractors. These are Artes-Roegiers, Artes-Depret, Herbosch-Kiere and Boskalis, all contractors with extensive experience in large-scale hydraulic engineering projects.
“With the modernization of the Europa terminal, we underline our ambitions as a container port. As a world-class port, it is essential that we continue to play at the highest level and are able to accommodate the biggest ships. However, we are aware of the impact of our activities on the surrounding area and residents. That is why we are committed, among other things, to reducing mooring emissions. With a new efficient and sustainable terminal, we are building the port infrastructure of tomorrow,” said Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO Port of Antwerp-Bruges.
“The development of the Europa terminal will ensure the sustainability of our operations and our service levels, reducing our carbon footprint by more than half, improving the safety of our staff and meeting the growing demand from our customers for a capacity of mega-ship”, Jürgen De Wachter, Managing Director at PSA Antwerp Container Business.
“We are very happy to undertake this project. It is a strategic project for the future of the port. It is technically complex and will take place in phases without disrupting container traffic too much. It will be a technical and operational feat, but one that we can master thanks to our great expertise. Strong agreements have also been reached on this with the Port of Antwerp-Bruges and PSA,” said Artes-Roegiers, Artes-Depret, Herbosch-Kiere and Boskalis.
The port of Antwerp-Bruges wants to become a ‘world port that reconciles economy, people and climate.
As part of its energy transition objectives, the port aims to become a green energy poleworking on projects such as CO2 capture, storage and reuse through [email protected].
By 2028, the Port of Antwerp-Bruges plans to have the capacity to receive the first molecules of green hydrogen on its platform. To this end, it is working on expanding the terminal’s capacity for new and existing hydrogen carriers at the two port sites.
In addition, the Belgian energy infrastructure company Fluxys is working with its compatriot Advario Stolthaven Antwerp and Advario Gas Terminal to study the feasibility of building an open-access green ammonia import terminal at the port of Antwerp-Bruges. .
Finally, the port and cleantech company CMB.TECH is preparing to welcome the Hydrotug, the first hydrogen tug, which is part of an integral greening program for the port’s fleet.