On 12 September ICO celebrated the inauguration of the new offices and terminal expansion in the presence of Bart Tommelein, Vice Minister President and Flemish Minister for Finance, Budget and Energy, Renaat Landuyt, Mayor of Bruges and Chairman Port of Zeebrugge.
Also present at the event were Joachim Coens, Managing Director Port of Zeebrugge, Marc Adriansens, Managing Director ICO, Svein Steimler, Chairman ICO, President and CEO NYK Group Europe and Corporate Officer NYK Group and the NYK top management, Takaya Soga, Managing Corporate Officer NYK Line and Hiroki Harada, Managing Corporate Officer NYK Line.
The new central gate building accommodates operational and corporate departments to improve both efficiency and communication. The building has 5 levels of 900 square metres and houses 150 employees. ICO hass also reconstructed the Bruges Toyo Ito pavilion next to ICO’s new building. It is a symbolic link between Bruges and Japan. ICO is owned by NYK.
Furthermore, International Car Operators had signed earlier this year a concession agreement with the Port of Zeebrugge for a 54-hectare expansion of the Bastenaken car terminal. The new terminal will have a surface of 200 hectares (totalling about 300 hectares in Zeebrugge) with a quay 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 the single newly constructed gate building located adjacent to the A11 motor way.
In addition to the solar panels in place and the ongoing installation of led lighting, 2019 will see the erection of up to 11 windmills, turning the terminal into a “Green” terminal.
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.