Expansion of MSC’s Antwerp operations moves closer
After releasing invitations for Expression of Interest (EOI), MSC are moving closer to finalising a deal in regards to a massive expansion of the Deurganck Dock.
Invitations were sent out at the beginning of December 2013 in order to determine whether any other parties were considering opportunities of similar importance that would require space at the Deurganck Dock.
The enquiry came after MSC announced that they were looking for alternatives to continue trade in Antwerp Port, due to the limitations of their current location.
Operations have already reached their limits in the Delwaide Dock, with terminal capacity at its maximum (4.6 Million annually).
Due to it’s location on the River Scheldt, an expansion project would be impossible and with MSC preparing to introduce the new 16,000 and 18,000 TEU vessels as part of their fleet in the near future, an alternative must be found.
With Antwerp selected as one of the main ports of call for the P3 Network, an alliance that includes MSC, Maersk and CMA CGM, scheduled to start in the second quarter of this year, expansion of the Deurganck must begin as soon as possible.
Based on the results of the EOI, it has been concluded that no other proposals of similar importance have been made.
Therefore, the Antwerp Port Authority (APA) has granted sub delegation to the management committee in order to carry out further discussions with share holders and discover how the proposed MSC project can progress.