International Car Operators has signed a concession agreement with the Port of Zeebrugge for a 54-hectare expansion of the Bastenaken car terminal.
The new terminal will cover 200 hectares (totalling about 300 hectares in Zeebrugge) with a key wall allowing up to 16 vessels to operate simultaneously. This expansion will also aim at connecting the existing Hanze-terminal with the Bastenaken-terminal, enabling traffic arriving at the terminal to enter via a single newly constructed gate building located adjacent to the A11 motor way.
With the expansion, volume growth, its dedicated staff and the terminals unique location, ICO upholds its status as a world leading car handling terminal. Added to continued volume growth, ICO Managing Director Marc Adriansens states that focus is also on creating a “Green”terminal.
With solar panels in place and ongoing installation of led lighting, 2019 will see the erection of up to 12 windmills. Whilst supplying clean electricity to the local community, power will be used to supply a planned considerable number of electrical loading stations in light of the increase in electrical private car sales.
Electricity will also be required to charge all future electrically powered terminal handling equipment. Our goal is to offer power (cold ironing) to all vessels berthing at the ICO terminals, enabling ships to shut down their engines completely during port operations.
In a digitalised world we focus on further developing our state of the art Terminal Operating System, which is aimed at benefiting customers and optimising operational standards and efficiency in the ICO terminal.
With some 1250 employees, ICO is a notable company for the families of the local community surrounding our terminals.