Boskalis takes part in Europa Terminal modernisation project
Port of Antwerp-Bruges and PSA Antwerp recently gave the official green light for the renewal of the quayside and terminal at Europa Terminal.
The works, which will take about nine years and be carried out in three phases, will ensure that the latest generation of container ships can continue to call at Antwerp.
These renovations will also result in an efficient and sustainable terminal that contributes to the transition towards a climate-neutral port.
The €335 million contract for the renewal of Europa Terminal was awarded in October to a Temporary Company of four contractors, namely Artes-Roegiers, Artes-Depret, Herbosch-Kiere and Boskalis, all experienced in large-scale hydraulic engineering projects.
Annick De Ridder, Port Alderwoman of the City of Antwerp and Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Port of Antwerp-Bruges commented: “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 metres, together with PSA Antwerp, we are ensuring that we can continue to receive the largest container ships.”
Works carried out in three phases to keep the terminal operational
The depth of vessels that can moor at the 1,200-metre quayside will be increased from 13.5 metres to 16 metres. Because ships must be able to continue to moor during the extensive works and in order to minimise operational impact, the officials are tackling the quayside in three major phases.
In addition, the plan is to create additional temporary moorings for inland navigation, so they can guarantee that the customers will receive a smooth service.
The renovation of the terminal will also contribute to the transition towards a climate-neutral port. Electrification and other optimisations will reduce CO2 emissions per container by 50% and wind turbines will increase the share of renewable energy.
The new quayside will be given a new orientation to ensure sufficient distance between passing ships and the terminal, and to protect the nearby Galgenschoor nature reserve. The works include in the final phase the construction of an underwater dam to provide additional protection for the nature reserve and ensure it does not subside.