Yorick Jansens

Port of Antwerp to get a brand new dock, container capacity to increase by 50%

The Flemish Government has approved plans for the expansion of the Port of Antwerp. The plans will involve the construction of a brand new dock. This should increase container capacity at Antwerp by 50%. The plans provide a reprieve for the village of Doel (East Flanders) that has been under threat for decades by an eventual expansion of the port on the left bank of the River Scheldt.  

In addition to the completely new dock, a number of additional quays will be added. Although Doel will be allowed to remain it is still not 100% clear in what form.  

 

There have been plans to expand the Port of Antwerp for many years. Now a breakthrough has been made and the Flemish Government has passed plans that will lead to a much-needed big increase in capacity at the port.  

The 50% increase in container capacity will mean that 7 million extra contains will be able to be transhipped at the port. The new dock planed on the left bank of the River Scheldt will connect onto the existing Deurganck Dock.    

Extra quays in other docks at the port will allow for more container ships to dock and load and unload.

Under the plan, the village of Doel that has been under threat for decades is saved. However, the Flemish Transport Minister Ben Weyts (nationalist) says that it remains to be seen in what form the village will continue to exist. The plan is estimated to cost around 1.5 billion euro.