In order to remain a top-class world port, Port of Antwerp-Bruges must be able to offer its customers a well-functioning infrastructure and additional container capacity. To that end, it is not only expanding, as it is doing in the case of the ECA project, but is also optimising its existing capacity.
The Europa Terminal commenced operations in 1990 as the first tidal container terminal in Antwerp. At the moment, however, the maximum draught of vessels mooring at its 1200-metre quay wall is limited to 13.5 metres. So that the port is also able to accommodate container shipping with larger draughts, the maximum draught at the terminal's quay wall will be increased to 16 metres – the maximum draught for vessels entering the port.