A new jetty will be constructed at LBC Tank Terminals’ terminal in Botlek, Rotterdam following an agreement between the independent storage company and the Port of Rotterdam.
The joint investment jetty will have four berths – two for seagoing vessels and two for barges – and is expected to quadruple the jetty capacity of the LBC terminal.
The jetty, which will be built in two phases, will be able to facilitate sea vessels with a maximum draft of up to 13 meters. The first phase of the project will involve the construction of two berths and will be ready mid-2016. The full jetty is expected to be complete by the beginning of 2017.
Luc Jorissen, business president at LBC, says: ‘This new jetty is the first and a very important step in the expansion of our terminal in Rotterdam. The growing import of liquid chemicals into Europe results in an increasing demand for liquid storage tanks in hubs such as Rotterdam.
‘This investment will enable us to offer additional capacity and to respond even better to the storage requests of existing and new customers.’
In addition to the jetty the company is also in the process of expanding capacity at its Rotterdam terminal to 250,000 m3. The first 36,000 m3 of this capacity will be operational in the second half of 2016. Both carbon steel and stainless steel tanks will be built and will be able to accommodate a large range of liquid chemicals including vapour treatment and heating.