Hakkers of Werkendam, a maritime contractor, has begun building mooring piles at Botlek Tank Terminal’s (BTT) jetty. The depth of the water is being increased to 15 metres, more than 1 metre lower than what it is at present, which will allow it to receive ships measuring 115,000dwt.
Each pile that will be driven has a diameter of 2m, is 36m long and weighs about 50 tonnes. The harbour basin will be dredged in the middle of next month to drive in the piles.
The piles are part of the first phase of the development, which is set to open in the fourth quarter of this year. This phase also includes the construction of 34 tanks that will store 200,000m³ each; 130,000m³ which will be used for clean fuels and 70,000m³ for edible oils and biodiesel.
A second phase of development is scheduled for the first quarter of next year in which a further 350,000m³-550,000m³ will be built depending on customer interest. This will come into operation in 2014.