The tools are yet to be lifted on Rotterdam-based Botlek Tank Terminals (BTT) expansion programme but customers can already turn to the storage provider for board-to-board transhipment of a wide range of liquid products.
Until recently BTT was allowed to carry out transhipment of edible oils only, but from1 March 2010 the company is fully licensed for transhipping liquid bulk products such as petrol, diesel, ethanol, MTBE, and chemicals at its sea berth in the Rotterdam Botlek area.
The 420m-long sea berth is capable of facilitating two ocean-going vessels of up to 100,000 tonnes DWT simultaneously, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A 300m by 70m area is subject to the petroleum regime.
BTT has performed transhipment for various vessels. Due to its favourable location at the heart of the Botlek area, featuring excellent hinterland transport connections and a depth of 13.65m, BTT is well suited for large vessel board-to-board transhipment.
In mid-March 2010 contracts were signed with Polimex-Mosostal S.A. in Warsaw to effect construction of the initial stage of a substantial expansion of tank storage capacity. Construction activities will commence this very month, and will be completed by Q4 2011. Until then, the sea berth will not be occupied by vessels for storage activities, resulting in ample space available for board-to-board transhipment.