Standic will build a new chemical storage terminal in Port of Antwerp, doubling its capacity in the port.
In addition to its current terminal in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, Standic will build a new storage terminal in the 5th Haven dock in the Port of Antwerp with an initial capacity of around 95,000 m3 and a potential total capacity of 230,000 m3.
The facility will be fully automated, with built-in sustainability features such as onshore power for ships moored at the terminal, to meet the requirements of the customer.
Ronald Ooms, managing director of Hametha group, which owns Standic, says: ‘Port of Antwerp is known as one of the largest maritime clusters in the world, which is why we chose it for our expansion.
‘We aim to build on our success with chemical storage and further expand it. In Antwerp we will be able to further develop in the niche market of more specialized chemicals and serve our customers from all over the world.’
The terminal, which will have an investment of €200 million, will focus on niche chemical markets and distribution of chemical products with tanks varying in size from 500 m3 to 3,500 m3.
Large chemical tankers will be able to reach the terminal easily thanks to the favourable depth in the port. In addition to its accessibility by water, the location is also very favourable for rail transport.
William Demoor, customer relations manager at the Port of Antwerp, says: ‘The new Standic terminal will further boost the synergy between the various industrial companies in the port, thus helping to make logistic operations and processes even more cost-efficient. Furthermore, the location is ideal for multimodal access, a key factor for sustainable distribution of chemicals.’
Hand-over is planned for the first quarter of 2021.