Renewal of Europa Terminal at Port of Antwerp-Bruges officially underway
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The Port of Antwerp-Bruges and PSA Antwerp have officially been granted permission to renew the quayside and terminal at Europa Terminal.
The 335 million-euro works, intended to ensure the latest generation of container ships can continue to call at Antwerp, will take about nine years and shall be carried out in three phases.
The operators of the port also claims the renovations will result in an efficient and sustainable terminal that contributes to the transition towards a climate-neutral port.
The depth of vessels that can moor at the 1,200-metre quayside will be increased from 13.5 metres to 16 metres. Because ships must be able to continue to moor during the extensive works and in order to minimise operational impact, the port shall implement the quayside works in three major phases. In addition to this, Europa Port will have temporary moorings for inland navigation.
When it comes to sustainably, the operators of the port state that electrification and other optimisations will reduce CO2 emissions per container by 50%, while wind turbines shall increase the share of renewable energy.
The new quayside will be given a new orientation to ensure sufficient distance between passing ships and the terminal, and to protect the nearby Galgenschoor nature reserve. The works include in the final phase the construction of an underwater dam to provide additional protection for the nature reserve and ensure it does not subside.
Commenting on the news, Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO Port of Antwerp-Bruges, said:
“With the modernisation of the Europa Terminal we are underlining 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. We are, however, aware of the impact of our activities on the surrounding area and local residents. That is why we are committed to reducing mooring emissions, among other things. With a new efficient and sustainable terminal, we are building the port infrastructure of the future.”
Cameron Thorpe, CEO PSA Belgium, added:
“At PSA Belgium, we are delighted that construction works on the quayside are underway. This will allow us to start the transformation process of Europa Terminal with a highly sustainable investment while increasing capacity by more than 700K TEU annually. This reflects our confidence in the future of Port of Antwerp-Bruges and underlines the PSA Group’s commitment in Belgium.”