14 November 2018
DP World Antwerp, operator of the Antwerp Gateway terminal at the Deurganckdok, will invest 197 million euros in the further expansion of the capacity of its terminal.
The existing container terminal at the Deurganckdok on the Left Bank - Antwerp Gateway - has to expand by more than a third in order to meet the expected growth prognoses. With the expansion DP World Antwerp wants to evolve from the current 2.5 million containers to 3.4 million units by 2023. This is an investment of 197 million euros.
In its search for space to expand, the terminal is now focusing on further investments. These are not only made in movable equipment such as straddle carriers, but also fixed infrastructure such as rail cranes, quay cranes, automatic stacker cranes (ASCs) and buildings. The DP World group, which operates 78 terminals worldwide, is fully committed to its further embedding in Antwerp. "We are constantly looking for new ways to increase the capacity of our terminal. In the ideal scenario we see extra space to expand the terminal. But due to lack of space we are fully committed to further optimisations, "says Rob Harrison, CEO DP World Antwerp. "With this investment, we want to commit ourselves in the long term within the port of Antwerp." The additional capacity will bring additional employment in the form of straddle carrier drivers and technicians to support the automated terminal.
In addition to investments in infrastructure, the terminal operator group is also making the most of digitization. "By focusing on blockchain and initiatives such as NxtPort and imec, we want to bring the logistics chain back to cruising speed and will soon also launch new applications that provide more transparency for the end user. By using data in new applications we want to support smart trade solutions instead of offering only physical infrastructure. We believe that digitization will be the next building block in further developing Antwerp as a global leading port. DP World wants to be part of that. "