Increased capacity on the Zeebrugge-Göteborg Service
Complimentary to the introduction of four (4) sailings per week between Zeebrugge and Göteborg – since January 2018 – we are pleased to inform you about the next step in our strategy in order to upgrade the service level towards our customers, offering frequent and reliable ferry crossings. As from 24 February 2019 onwards, CLdN ro-ro will deploy a larger vessel on the Göteborg trade. By introducing M/V CATHERINE, one of our CONRO class vessels, which are extremely suitable to accommodate trailers and containers, the total capacity on the trade will be increased by a further 20%. The introduction of m/v CATHERINE links perfectly in with CLdN’s long-term strategy to continue deploying larger vessels on the trade.
CMA CGM Buys Stake in CSP Zeebrugge Terminal
French container carrier CMA CGM announced Friday it has acquired from CHINA SHIPPING Ports Development Co. Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of COSCO Group, a 10 percent equity interest in CSP Zeebrugge Terminal NV, through its wholly-owned subsidiary CMA Terminals. CMA CGM is currently the major client of the Belgian container terminal and accounted for one third of CSP Zeebrugge's total throughput in 2017. COSCO SHIPPING Ports completed the acquisition of the remaining 76 percent equity interest in CSP Zeebrugge terminal in November 2017 and made it a wholly-owned subsidiary.
Lock gate in the Port of Zeebrugge disconnected for renovation
On March 30, in the Port of Zeebrugge, a complete lock gate is disconnected, lifted out of the water and transported to the inner harbour. It is a rare piece of craftmanship, as the lock gate weighs more than 2,300 tons and has the dimensions of a quarter of a soccer field (66 m x 11 m x 25 m). The spectacular operation is part of the large-scale renovation of the “Pierre Vandamme” lock, the crucial access to the inner port of Zeebrugge. "We are investing 120 million euros in the “Pierre Vandamme” lock, because we are resolutely opting for growth in Zeebrugge", according to Flemish Minister for Mobility and Public Works Ben Weyts, the company said in its press release. There are two possibilities for vessels to reach the inner harbor of Zeebrugge: via the ‘Visart’ lock and via the ‘Pierre Vandamme’ lock. The ‘Visart’ lock (° 1907) is outdated and no longer meets the needs of today's shipping industry. Therefore, the Flemish Government foresees an investment of 1 billion euros in a new ‘Visart’ lock. The ‘Pierre Vandamme’ lock (° 1984) is very frequently used today, but needs thorough renovation. Flanders is investing about 120 million euros in a phased renovation, which must be completed by the summer of 2023.Upload News