To continue to play in the top league of world ports, Antwerp needs to offer its customers additional container capacity and a high-performance infrastructure. This is why Port of Antwerp-Bruges and PSA Antwerp are investing in upgrading the Europa Terminal. Officially inaugurated in 1990, the terminal was Antwerpâ€™s first tidal container terminal. With a price tag of 335 million euros, the upgrade will strengthen the competitive position of Port of Antwerp-Bruges, while at the same time helping make it a sustainable port.
The bottom level at the Europa Terminal in the Port of Antwerp is currently -14 metres. In function of deep-sea shipping, it needs to be deepened to a bottom level of -17.5 metres. The deepening will be done by demolishing the current quay walls (caissons) and building new ones.
Did you know? The new quay wall will have a different orientation from the current quay wall. Nautical studies have shown that the current orientation has a too great impact on the nearby fairway. Therefore, the new quay wall will follow more closely the orientation of the fairway near Europa Terminal.
The works will be carried out in 3 phases so that the terminal can remain operational! The first phase is the construction of lighter quay 851, the demolition of the most northern part of the existing quay wall and the construction of the new Danish quay wall (some 438 m long). Currently, the piling of the combi wall has started!
Have a look at the works of the past quarter: