OVET B.V. offers a wide range of stevedoring service. It can handle commodities including: coal, coke, petcoke, ores, minerals and scrap. The main activities of OVET are lightening, discharging, storing and distribution and screening of dry bulk cargo.
OVET operates at two deepwater terminals with all hardened and paved stockyards: v Terneuzen (Panamax) with a
capacity of 160,000m2 —600,000 tonnes; and v Vlissingen (Capesize) with a capacity of 315,000m2 — 2,000,000 tonnes. Using four floating cranes (3 x 25 tonnes and 1 x 36 tonnes lifting capacity) with a total capacity of 80,000 tonnes per day, OVET has also the flexibility to operate at anchorages both in Terneuzen and in Vlissingen. The draught in Terneuzen is set to 12.50 metres freshwater, making the terminal suitable for Panamax vessels. In Vlissingen, the draught is 16.50 metres saltwater. Vlissingen has two Capesize berthing facilities plus one Panamax berth.
The annual handled tonnage by OVET exceeds 10 million tonnes and therefore OVET plays a significant role in the dry bulk stevedoring market.
Terneuzen and Flushing offer excellent connections (inland waterways, rail and road) to Benelux, France and Germany and are also ideally geographically located for overseas dispatch to Scandinavia, the UK and Ireland.
At the Vlissingen terminal OVET operates a warehouse of 6,000m2, mainly used for the storing of wood pellets. The warehouse contains six separate cells with a total capacity of 30,000 metric tonnes of wood pellets. Of course, the warehouse can also be used for other products that need covered storage.
Affiliated to OVET is the shipping agency OVET Shipping which offers a reliable 24-hour service throughout the River Scheldt area. This guarantees an efficient and effective handling of customers’ vessels.
Another affiliate of OVET is OVET Screening, a company which is specialized in screening, crushing and blending activities. At both terminals OVET operates (mobile) screening and crushing installations. In 2012 investments were made in two new mobile screening installations for the Vlissingen terminal. With these machines OVET is able to screen dry bulk material up to 5 fractions with a maximum input capacity of 400 metric tonnes per hour.
As from 1 July 2013, the OVET Vlissingen terminal will have at its disposal a new train loading facility allowing a 44 wagon train (approximately 2,700 metric tonnes net weight) to be loaded in 2.5 hours. The port delivers excellent rail connections, rail paths and shunting services. Different rail companies are present in the port.
With these facilities OVET is able to expand coal rail transport towards the European hinterland, mainly to source the German power and steel industry.