The Port of Esbjerg in Denmark has reported that it will start to review expansion possibilities to enable continued growth.
Analysis carried out by the Danish port has shown that it can expand by approximately 1 million m2 with 1 kilometre of additional quay length.
The project is expected to start in 2022 and finish by 2030.
A formal environmental impact assessment process, including public consultations, will start in the early autumn of 2017.
The port’s stable and profitable growth during the past 10 years has set it up to compete against the port at Aarhus, the largest container port in Denmark, and Germany’s Port of Hamburg.
Ole Ingrisch, Director at the Port of Esbjerg, said: “The Port of Esbjerg must offer an infrastructure that matches the needs of our customers in terms of quality, layout, and size.
“This is the prerequisite for ensuring continued growth and development for the benefit of both the companies at the port, the port itself, and the whole region. Otherwise, our customers will look elsewhere to conduct their business.
”We anticipate growing demand for areas at the port. Therefore, we must prepare for the future and clarify the possibilities for continuing a stepwise expansion of the port. This will enable us to expand concurrently with the demand of our customers.”
The Port of Esbjerg delivered solid economic results for 2015 despite a challenging year for the ports and shipping industry.