Euroports Group is building the first All Weather Terminal in the Port of Ghent in Belgium, for lead client ArcelorMittal and other customers. It is also the first AWT in the whole of the Belgo-Dutch North Sea Port (Ghent, Terneuzen and Vlissingen)
The new multifunctional terminal will be built next to ArcelorMittal’s existing mixed cargo bay and will offer global logistics services to ArcelorMittal Gent (Ghent in Flemish, Gand in French) and other customers.
Euroports will handle the flows from, to and within this new terminal. For Euroports, with its own 26 terminals in Europe and Asia, this is a significant addition to and expansion of its services to the steel and metal industry.
PMV, an investment company founded by the Flemish government with the purpose of investing in infrastructure for sustainable economic development, will be responsible for the design, construction, financing and maintenance of the AWT through AWT Gent.
For the operational side, AWT Gent will rely on Euroports’ services. With a storage capacity of 60,000 tons, the AWT’s warehouse will be 240m long and 60m wide. The warehouse contains two tracks for railcars and three unloading quays for trucks. Three fully automated travelling cranes will handle unloading, sorting and loading of materials.
The roofed quay wall will be 200m long and the dock will be 25m wide. The height will be approximately 30m above the water level. Ships with a tonnage of up to 10,000 tonnes will be able to moor at the new quay.
The pre-sorting zone will be equipped with two automated travelling cranes. Euroports will provide two telescopic cranes to load and unload ships.
“Due to many years of experience in the handling of steel through are terminal network, we are able to continuously optimize the supply chain for our customers,” said Geert Gekiere, Managing Director, Euroports Belgium and France.
“Therefore, Euroports is particularly pleased to be able to work together with PMV to confirm and continue our collaboration with ArcelorMittal.”