Odfjell Terminals is extending and strengthening its existing jetty in Rotterdam to accommodate larger vessels.
Once complete, the jetty will be able to accommodate vessels of the LR2 (Long Range) size with a maximum of 160,000 dwt. The project is being carried out in close collaboration with the Port of Rotterdam.
Odfjell says this functionality will underpin the facility’s mineral oil business and PID utilisation ambitions as ship sizes continue to increase. The terminal will be able to offer more possibilities to supply and store products in an efficient manner, for both existing and new customers.
The Port of Rotterdam is deepening the Nieuwe Waterweg and specifically the third Petroleumhaven where Odfjell is located to a depth of 15 meters. Both Odfjell and the Port Authority are jointly investing in attracting additional transhipment and storage customers to the port.
The jetty is expected to be complete by the last quarter of 2018.
Odfjell Terminals Rotterdam managing director Erik Kleine says: ‘We are responding to the wishes of our customers to handle ever larger ships.’
Ronald Paul, COO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, adds: ‘The expansion fits with our policy to revitalise the Botlek area. This is why Rijkwaterstaat and the Port Authority are also deepening the Nieuwe Waterweg this year.