Port of Antwerp is planning to deepen the quay wall of its terminal in dialogue with PSA Antwerp, in order to enable Europa Terminal handle largest container vessels.
To this end, the current quay wall will be completely demolished and replaced by a new one.
As explained, in an effort to limit the operational impact, the works will be carried out in three phases.
With this deepening project, Port of Antwerp and PSA Antwerp confirm their ambition to make the best and most sustainable use of the existing space at the port.
To remind, the current maximum draught for vessels that can moor at the quay wall is 13.5 metres. In order to also accommodate container shipping with larger dimensions, the depth of the terminal will be brought in line with the maximum draught of approximately 16 metres at inlet.
Thanks to this deepening, the Europa Terminal will join the league of mega-vessel ready container terminals. This major investment meets the needs of the major shipping alliances. When the works are completed, we’ll be able to handle 2 megamax ships simultaneously at a brand new and innovative terminal.
…Jan Van Mossevelde, MD PSA Antwerp, noted.
The current quay wall, with a length of almost 1200 metres, needs to be completely demolished. PSA Antwerp is responsible for the renovation of the layout of the adjacent front quay, including new flooring and the installation of large container cranes.
The quay wall will be equipped with all no-regret infrastructure measures to enable implementation of shore power.
In addition, plans to upgrade the Europa Terminal at the Port of Antwerp are among others include the installation of shore power facilities. As informed, the works are expected to start at the end of 2021.
This deepening is in line with our ambition to continue to grow as a port in a sustainable way and will contribute towards maintaining our position as a world port.
…as Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO Port of Antwerp, concluded.