The Port of Antwerp has announced that it is expecting massive investments in the coming year.
The SEA-Invest group is planning construction of a new tanker terminal in the Delwaide dock representing an investment of approximately US$270 million; in the same dock the group will also operate an independent container terminal that it has acquired from Independent Maritime Terminal (IMT).
This facility is currently located in the Hansa dock but will be moved to the Delwaide dock where there is space for further development with an additional investment of around $55 million. Other new activities not directly related to the waterfront will help to reutilise the space released in the Delwaide dock.
Eddy Bruyninckx, CEO of the Antwerp Port Authority, said: “Thanks to the huge interest in the port area we have been able to select projects that offer the highest added value for the port area as a whole.
“The waterfront sites have been reserved for candidates that will generate large freight volumes and so make maximum use of the available maritime infrastructure. As for the non-waterfront sites we have opted for candidates that will help to further develop the chemical and petrochemical cluster.”
In the Hansa dock, meanwhile, the SEA-Invest subsidiary SEA-Tank Terminal will build additional tank capacity for Total on the concession that it acquired from the IMT container terminal, representing an investment of over $100 million.
The Antwerp Port Authority also was announced recently to be in an alliance with the Ports of Hamburg, Rotterdam, Le Havre and Bremen/Bremerhaven to strongly support the submissions of the North Sea and the Baltic countries to designate the North Sea and the Baltic Sea as Nitrogen Emission Control Areas.