The new world’s largest lock was opened for business at the Port of Antwerp on Friday with the push of a button by King of Belgium.
The new Kieldrecht Lock, or Kieldrechtsluis, connects container terminals at the port’s Deurganck tidal dock with the Waastland Canal. It is the second lock in an area Antwerp known as Waasland Port, located on the left bank of the Scheldt. Until now the area was only accessible by the Kallo Lock, which has been in service since 1979, but has been outgrown in terms of capacity, size, and reliability.
The new lock was symbolically inaugurated with the Grimaldi Lines vessel, Grande Lagos.
Kalmar wins order for second turnkey ship-to-shore crane heightening project from DP World Antwerp Gateway NV
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has been awarded the contract to heighten three ZPMC ship-to-shore (STS) cranes operated by DP World Antwerp Gateway NV. The order was booked in Cargotec’s 2016 first quarter order intake, and the project is scheduled for completion during the second quarter of 2017.
First Alternative Energy Hub with LNG for Inland Navigation and Road Transport in Belgium
The Antwerp Port Authority and ENGIE have signed a 30-year concession agreement for the development of an Alternative Energy Hub at Quays 526 and 528 in the Port of Antwerp. The Alternative Energy Hub will consist of a bunker and filling station with liquefied natural gas (LNG) for inland navigation and road transport. The site will also feature a compressed natural gas (CNG) filling station and rapid chargers for electric vehicles. With the development of the Alternative Energy Hub, the Port of Antwerp and ENGIE are taking a major step forward in the energy transition and promoting sustainable energy consumption in the transport sector. The concession takes effect on 1 October 2016 and the first phase of the hub will be operational by the end of 2017. www.newswiretoday...
Antwerp gets off to another strong start after a record year in 2015
The port of Antwerp handled 53,265,552 tonnes of freight in the first three months of this year, 3.9% more than in the same period last year.The container volume in TEU did particularly well with growth of 4.6%, while liquid bulk rose to new heights with growth of 10.6%. Overall, last month was the best month ever recorded in the port of Antwerp in terms of freight volume handled.The Port Authority is naturally very pleased with these excellent growth figures but nevertheless guards against unbridled optimism in view of the continuing volatility and turbulence in the market.
Antwerp Inks Deal to Make LNG Bunkers "Permanently Available" at the Port
Antwerp Port Authority Thursday announced that it has granted a concession to ENGIE LNG Solutions B.V. (ENGIE) to develop and operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering station for barges at the port.
The concession is said to begin on October 1, 2016 this year and will run for 30 years, with ENGIE LNG Solutions set to utilise a site at Quay 526-528 for the operation. shipandbunker.com...
EU Opens Investigation into Port of Antwerp Container Terminal Operators
(Reuters) – The European Commission said on Friday it had opened an in-depth investigation into alleged state aid to two container terminal operators in Europe’s second busiest port, Antwerp in Belgium.
The Commission said concession agreements for PSA Antwerp NV and Antwerp Gateway NV contained a requirement for the handling of a minimum tonnage. The two did not reach this between 2009 and 2012, meaning they would have to pay compensation to the publicly-owned port authority.
However, the Antwerp Port Authority decided in 2013 to reduce the minimum tonnage retroactively, reducing the compensation to be paid by some 80 percent. https://gcaptain.com/2016/01/15/eu-opens-investigation-into-port-of-antwerp-container-terminal-operators/#.Vp86lirNy9I
Antwerp port boss calls for close alliance with Rotterdam
Rotterdam and Antwerp ports should work together more closely to head off the risks posed by Chinese investments in southern European ports, Antwerp’s chief executive Eddy Bruyninckx says in an interview with the Financieele Dagblad. For example, it would be sensible to develop joint storage facilities for goods heading to central and eastern Europe, he said. ‘We each play our part, but it would be wise to join forces to ship goods to Poland, the Czech Republic or Hungary,’ he told the paper. These are countries which have more growth potential than the saturated western markets, Bruyninckx said. Rotterdam and Antwerp are currently the two biggest ports in Europe but China is building up its position in Piraeus, near Athens and in the Turkish port of Kumport. ‘China wants to lessen its dependence on the northern European ports,’ Frans Paul van der Putten, a researcher with the Clingendael Institute, told the paper. ‘China will eventually be able to ship products to central Europe more quickly via southern ports than Rotterdam or Antwerp.’
Read more at DutchNews.nl: Antwerp port boss calls for close alliance with Rotterdam www.dutchnews.nl/...
Antwerp Prepares for Construction of LNG Bunker Barge Station
The Port of Antwerp says it is preparing to begin construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker station for barges, noting that a concession agreement is set for signing in the beginning of 2016.
With the Rhine-Main-Danube LNG Master Plan having come to a close on December 16, the Port of Antwerp says preparations for the bunker station reasserts the port's commitment to LNG bunker development. shipandbunker.com...
Bomin Launches Physical Bunker Operations in Antwerp
The Bomin Group, a leading global physical supplier and trader of marine fuel oil, today announced that it is launching a physical operation in Antwerp, Belgium, called Bomin Belgium BVBA. The expansion significantly strengthens Bomin’s position in a critical European bunkering hub and is in line with the company’s ambitious plans for growth throughout 2015.
Bomin Belgium BVBA consists of a team of four people with significant bunkering experience and strong networks within the local market, providing customers with high quality, efficient and reliable physical bunker supply across key ports.
As part of Bomin Belgium BVBA’s drive to ensure the transparency, accuracy and efficiency of its bunker supplies, the 2009-built bunker barge Vantage has been equipped with a mass flow meter. The vessel has a capacity of 3,500 metric tons, and fast pumping rates to drive speed of service and efficiencies in supply. Customers will have access to a full range of quality products, including IFO 380, ultra low sulphur fuel oil and DMA 0.1 %, with physical deliveries available in Antwerp, Ghent, Zelzate, Flushing and Terneuzen.
DP World Antwerp to get major crane upgrade from Kalmar
Three Kalmar STS cranes operated by DP World at the global port operator’s Antwerp Gateway are to be heightened by 6m to allow the port to accommodate larger container ships.
The project is to be undertaken by Kalmar, which will carry out all planning and engineering, including the installation of leg extensions underneath the portal beams in the existing flange junctions of the cranes.
The cranes have been operational at the port since 2005, but need to be extended to keep pace with the growth in the size of container ships in the last ten years.
The cranes are not just being heightened, according to a press release from DP World Antwerp, installations of consequential structural reinforcements in crane travel and trolley travel direction will also be carried out. Source: Arabian Supply Chain