At Antwerp Port
SAMGA terminal revives the grain trade
Art at the Port House: Antigoon Rising
New Belt & Road initiative between Antwerp and China
New Mimmi reefer brings fruit from West Africa
Antwerp is first port in Europe to implement “Zero Pellet Loss”
The historic SAMGA terminal in the America dock was recently reopened by port alderman Marc Van Peel. The 5th Haven dock has transformed the new site into an efficient grain terminal by investing in a large hydraulic Mantsinen crane and four different conveyors. The site can be accessed by seagoing ship, barge, rail or truck. The renovation of this bulk terminal will put grain handling and storage back on the map in Antwerp.
The massive SAMGA grain silos are the oldest in Antwerp, harking back to the days when the port was the hub of the grain trade in Belgium. The reopening of the old terminal has great symbolic value for the Port Authority, as the site has not only a historic past but also a promising future.
Nele Voorspoels, business development consultant for the Port Authority, explains: "We support all bulk activities in the port area, but we're particularly proud to see part of our historic heritage being upgraded so as to put grain handling back at the forefront. The trade in grain and seeds is a basic part of world trade. That was true in classical antiquity and in the Middle Ages, and it is equally true today."
As of the beginning of October this year a new sculpture is to be seen on Zaha Hadid square, in front of the Port Authority's headquarters. Entitled "Antigoon Rising" it takes the form of a giant metal hand clutching one of the bollards in front of Port House.
Made by the Antwerp-based artist Bruno Kristo this piece of art represents the mythical giant Antigoon who according to legend used to terrorise the river Scheldt. Here he is seemingly trying to claw his way back onto land.
Newcomer TRAIN-CHAIN is offering a new rail product connecting Antwerp with the Chinese hinterland as part of the Belt & Road project. This is the "New Silk Road" that aims to establish a land-bridge connection between China and Europe in addition to the conventional sea route.
With a transit time of 20 days this product offers an attractive alternative to sea transport for high-value and/or time-sensitive cargo, while being substantially cheaper than airfreight. Offers are possible for both East and West-bound flows on the basis of house/house deliveries, where empty containers can be deposited or picked up in the company's own depot in Antwerp.
AEL, the shipping arm of fruit producer Compagnie Fruitière, has chartered the Mimmi Schulte to carry fruit from West Africa to the port of Antwerp. The cargo will be handled at the Eurofruitports terminal. The new reefer carrier has just been welcomed for the first time in Antwerp.
The Mimmi Schulte, built in Singapore, started by bringing 500 reefer containers to Antwerp. As one of the latest generation of reefers the ship is highly energy-efficient, allowing the shipping company to take return loads of onions, deepfreeze potato chips and deepfreeze poultry back to Africa.
In this way Compagnie Fruitière is following the trend among fruit producers to send more and more fruit in reefer container carriers. The two specialist fruit terminals in Antwerp, Eurofruitports and BNFW, have seamlessly picked up on this trend and are able to handle both conventional and container ships.
Unique collaboration between industry, logistics and transport to keep plastic out of the environment. Plastics are found everywhere in modern life. The raw materials of which plastic products are made are polymers, usually delivered in the form of small pellets. Antwerp is the main polymer hub in Europe for production, handling and distribution of plastic pellets. Every year, millions of pellets find their way via Antwerp to other hubs in Europe. Preventing these small plastic pellets getting into the water or anywhere else where they are not wanted is a top priority in all these activities.
The companies in the port have long taken various initiatives to prevent the loss of pellets, but now the entire sector is taking the game to a whole new level. Manufacturing industry, logistics operators and the transport sector are putting their weight behind “Operation Clean Sweep.” Antwerp is the first port in Europe to sign up for this programme, an initiative of PlasticsEurope. In practical terms a “Zero Pellet Loss” consultative platform is being set up in Antwerp to organise measures for keeping the loss of pellets to an absolute minimum.
27 - 10- 2017