Renovation of Europa Terminal

In order to be able to continue serving the very latest container ships, Port of Antwerp-Bruges, along with the operator, PSA, is renovating the quay wall and the terminal at the Europa Terminal. This renovation should ensure an efficient and sustainable terminal. The works will be carried out in several phases and will take about ten years in total.

A temporary barge quay creates additional mooring space for inland navigation to keep offering the same level of service.

Initiator(s)

PSA Antwerp, Artes Group, Herbosch-Kiere, Boskalis and Port of Antwerp-Bruges

Duration

28/01/2020 - 28/12/2030

Location

Europa Terminal

Why?

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.

What?

As vessels must continue to dock while the works are under way in order to load and unload goods and in order to minimise the operational impact, we will be upgrading the quay wall in three major phases. In addition, we will create additional temporary moorings for inland navigation. 

Video over de verdieping van de Europa Terminal

In the first three years of the project, we will tackle the first 450 metres of quay. A temporary water retaining structure will ensure that no debris enters the Scheldt and will protect the works from passing ships and river tides. We will demolish the existing quay wall and equip the new quay wall with crane beams and all necessary ducting and infrastructure for electrification and other optimisations. After that, we will dredge down to the required depth of 17.5 metres and install the new container cranes.

 

We will then repeat this process for the next 220-metre section of quay wall. Finally, the remaining 530 metres will be upgraded in the same way. These extensive maritime works will take around ten years to complete and have been carefully plotted, based on predicted traffic levels in the coming years.

Planned for 2024

We are planning the following works in 2024. The planning of these works may yet change.

  • demolition of existing quay wall
  • placing temporary structures for further implementation
  • starting construction of the first section of the new quay wall

These may create noise pollution for the surrounding area. 

Luchtbeelden van de werken aan de nieuwe kaaimuur en terminal van Europa terminal in Q2 2023

Sustainable solution and expansion

Reducing CO² emissions

The renovation of the terminal will also contribute to the transition towards a climate-neutral port. For example, electrification and other optimisations will reduce CO2 emissions per container by 50%. Wind turbines will increase the proportion of renewable energy. New technologies, such as shore power or an equivalent alternative, will reduce vessels' emissions while at shore.

In harmony with the surrounding environment

The new quay wall will be reorientated to ensure sufficient distance between passing ships and the terminal and in order to direct them away from the Galgeschoor nature reserve. To provide additional protection for the area and ensure that it does not subside, the final phase of the works will include the construction of an underwater dam.

 

Noise pollution during the works will be kept to a minimum and we will protect the sleep of our neighbours. In the long term, the electrification of the terminal will reduce emissions produced in order to provide lighting in port and new technologies will improve local noise pollution.

Updates

Europa Terminal

Official starting shot

7 October 2022

A temporary barge quay will provide additional mooring space for inland navigation in order to ensure a smooth service.

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A temporary barge quay creates additional mooring space for inland navigation to keep offering the same level of service.

Temporary barge quay

17 May 2023

A temporary barge quay will provide additional mooring space for inland navigation in order to ensure a smooth service.

Temporary barge quay

1 August 2023

The first tubular piles have been driven, a sheet pile wall has been installed and a construction pit has been dug to demolish part of the old quay wall and build the new one.

The first tubular piles are driven into the ground, a pile wall is placed and a construction pit is dug in order to demolish part of the old quay wall and build a new one.

Contact point

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