The port expansion will see the creation of a new outer harbour to accommodate larger ocean-going-vessels up to 225m
length x 36m beam x 14.50m draught (dredging at minus 16m),
corresponding to ships of about 80,000dwt for dry, even more
for liquid cargoes.
The future port will propose investors 80 hectares of land
plots available industrial sites and about 70ha of new terminals.
The dry bulk terminals will have 2,000m of quays out of which
1,500 linear metre for vessels of 14.50m draught and the liquid
terminal will be linked to four berths (14.50m draught still).
Shore side, the land plot for the future liquid terminal will be
delivered in 2017. Sea side, the first infrastructures are expected
to be delivered by 2020/2021. It consequently offers industrial
accounts and terminal operators the necessary time to plan
their projects; three years prior, breakwaters will be completed
to receive the first vessels.
This new deep sea port will offer shippers and receivers new
logistics opportunities in the South of France and Europe. The
long-term aim of the future port is to develop traffic whilst
attracting new projects and trades.
Port authorities are open to any projects proposed by
international operators and now focus to strengthen the project
with industrial groups who could invest in the port, plan
industrial projects and create local jobs. Thanks to its new
nautical conditions, the future port will be able to trade with
new markets. Today Port-La Nouvelle only serves the
Mediterranean Rim, Northern Europe and the West Coast
Africa. In future, the Port will develop links with Asia, Indian
Ocean and South America. The port will have better
connections to international trades and will be more attractive
for both existing and new customers.
Accordingly, the Languedoc-Roussillon Region intends to play
a major role in the Mediterranean market. Commercial ports
are structural elements of Regional territories and are therefore
extremely attractive locations for economic development.
Already, the Regional Council spends nearly 40% of its annual
budget in regional transport infrastructures (ports, airports,
railways and public transportation). Fourth French region for
the rate of business creation, Languedoc-Roussillon, the
population of which is expected to increase by over 20% by
2040, shows an ambitious and consistent investment policy that
safeguards its future.
Ports of Antwerp and Montreal renew collaboration
The ports of Antwerp in Belgium and Montreal in Canada have decided to renew their collaboration agreement for a further three years.
The announcement was made jointly by both port authorities during the visit by Jean D’Amour, the Quebec minister for Transport
and Implementation of Maritime Strategy.The renewal will be signed in 2016. The collaboration agreement was originally signed
between Antwerp and Montreal, Quebec’s largest port, in 2013. This agreement runs until the spring of 2016, but the parties have now decided to extend it for another three years.
It is hardly surprising that the two ports get on so well together, as there are many similarities between them. Both are located deep inland on a major river, and both serve a vast hinterland covering many provinces and indeed entire countries with huge purchasing power and major concentrations of industry. Furthermore, Canada as part of North America is one of the main ‘foreland’ partners of Antwerp. In 2014, the total volume of freight carried between Antwerp and Canada was 4.5 million tonnes. The upcoming implementation of the trade agreement between the EU and Canada — the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) due to be ratified in 2016 — should give a major boost to this trade in the next few years.
Since 2013 trade relations between the two regions have developed greatly. The first visit by a delegation from the port of Montreal followed soon after the initial signing of the agreement. The following year a delegation from Antwerp headed by port alderman Marc Van Peel travelled to Canada. Then at the beginning this year Philippe Couillard, Prime Minister of Quebec, paid a working visit to the port of Antwerp. And just before the summer Antwerp played host to another delegation from the port of Montreal.
A few weeks before the arrival of this last delegation Couillard presented Quebec’s new Maritime Strategy during a speech in Montreal. The strategy is aimed at creating employment, facilitating transport and logistics and promoting sustainable development of industry. “Quebec is readier than ever to makes its expertise, well developed infrastructure and huge, expanding economic market available to its European partners,” declared Couillard on this occasion.
Van Moer Group presents new investment in port of Ghent
On Wednesday 30 September, the logistical service provider Van Moer Group gave the official go-ahead for its investment in the Port of Ghent. Ghent Port Company is elated that this logistics company is setting foot ashore for the first time in Ghent port.
In a storage space of 6,500m2 (‘Van Moer Ghent Warehouse’) there is room for the storage of various goods in racks and at bulk locations, for fast transshipment (‘cross-dock’) and value- adding logistical activities such as repacking, labelling, filling and repalletizing. The storage space is situated in the Skaldenpark industrial estate at the R4-East. This investment is good for 15 to 50 jobs.
Van Moer Group chose the Port of Ghent for these activities because of its good connections to France, the Netherlands and Germany by road (E17/E40) and via inland waters. The Port of Ghent is already active in the sector of value-adding logistical activities, storage and distribution. With this new investor, the port is strengthening its position.
CUSTOMERS RECEIVED IN GHENT
Logistical service provider Van Moer Group is celebrating its 25th birthday this year. Van Moer Group and Ghent Port Company organized a customer event on 30 September, at the Port of Ghent’s Visitors Centre. The Antwerp logistics company has drawn up a strategy for the coming years that focuses on further growth and diversification. For example, this new establishment in Ghent is in the pipeline and the chemicals sector is aimed at, among others.
ABOUT VAN MOER GROUP
In the course of 25 years,Van Moer Group transformed from a small family business into a completely integrated logistical service provider. The company has a turnover of almost €87 million and employs 560 people, of which 430 are in Belgium. It is active in Romania and Brazil.
Hansen Industrial Gearbox Services introduces complete spare parts packages
The service department of Hansen Industrial Transmissions nv (HIT) has introduced its ‘All- in-One spares kits’ in March this year. These kits contain all of the spare parts and accessories that are necessary to replace critical components in a gear unit, such as a shaft or a gearwheel.
When the requirement arises to replace a faulty shaft or a damaged gearwheel, users can obviously attempt to order the original spare parts. However, in addition to the shaft or the gearwheel, it is usually the case that bearings, seals, etc. also need to be replaced.
Consequently, the user’s purchasing department will most likely have to contact several vendors to secure the various parts. From there, they have to request and compare quotes, prepare orders and start up the internal logistics to ensure that everything is delivered in good time. This is quite a cost-intensive and time-intensive procedure. In the context of HIT’s efforts at attaining sustainable partnerships, in which ‘thinking together with the customer’ is an underlying theme, it now offers ALL-in-ONE SPARES KITS. These complete spare parts packages are available for all of the HIT product ranges.
The benefits available to end users are countless. In particular, they will experience better control of the total cost of ownership of their installed drives and the total package price for their spare part(s) will be cheaper thanks to the ‘all-in-one’ and ‘one-stop-shop’ principles. In addition, the customer is guaranteed the correct parts (OEM certified original parts). This in turn will ensure an extension to the life of the drives as well as making traceability straightforward. Finally, the spare parts packages are also covered by the one year HIT guarantee terms.