The port authority of Zeebrugge has plans to expand the automotive capacity with 156 hectares in the future, on top of the 390 hectares for car logistics currently in use in the inner port.
The need for the expansion of the automotive sector in Zeebrugge became clear when the port authority made 58 hectares of new ground available to port clients. “The demand for expansion from our current operators was of that proportion that we needed twice the surface to answer to their needs.” said Joachim Coens, CEO Port of Zeebrugge.
In the short term, 28 hectares in the southwestern corner of the Southern Canal Dock will be ready for use. A 400 metre long quay wall for this area is under construction since October 2015. 58 hectares on the left bank of the Southern Canal Dock will be prepared for usage and a new quay wall of 1,070 metres will be constructed.
Furthermore, a surface of 70 hectares at the Boudewijn Canal can be prepared and appointed to a port client, where also 1,130 metre quay wall will be built to allow the mooring of sea vessels.
In Zeebrugge, eight vehicle terminals are currently operated by five terminal operators. There are six pre-delivery and inspection centres and there are 140,000 parking spaces. Last year’s record volume of 2.43 million units will probably be surpassed with nearly twenty percent, amounting up to an overturn of 2.8 million vehicles in 2016.
The port expects to reach a turnover of 3.4 million vehicles by 2020, when the new grounds will be in use for Zeebrugge’s continuously growing automotive sector.