The works are made because the latest generation of container ships can continue to call at Antwerp. This renovation will also result in an efficient and sustainable terminal that contributes to the transition toward a climate-neutral port. Electrification and other optimizations will reduce CO2 emissions per container by 50% and wind turbines will increase the share of renewable energy.
Following a tender process, the contract for the works was concluded with a Temporary Company of four contractors, namely Artes-Roegiers, Artes-Depret, Herbosch-Kiere, and Boskalis, all contractors with experience in large-scale hydraulic engineering projects.
Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO of Port of Antwerp-Bruges: "With the modernization of the Europa Terminal we are underlining our ambitions as a container port. As a world-class port, it is essential that we continue to play at the highest level and can accommodate the biggest ships. We are, however, aware of the impact of our activities on the surrounding area and residents. That is why we are committed to reducing mooring emissions, among other things. With a new efficient and sustainable terminal, we are building the port infrastructure of the future."
Annick De Ridder, Port Alderwoman of the City of Antwerp and Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Port of Antwerp-Bruges: "Our port is the economic engine of Flanders. Interventions are needed to make it function optimally. With the deepening of the Europa Terminal from 13.5 to 16 meters, together with PSA Antwerp, we are ensuring that we can continue to receive the largest container ships."
The Port of Antwerp-Bruges was officially inaugurated in 1990 as the first tidal container terminal in Antwerp.