ANTWERP: Antwerp Port Authority received the Tank Storage Award in the category Best Port. With this award the tank storage industry recognises the port with which it is easiest to work and where companies make great efforts towards efficiency and safety.
The 2017 global Tank Storage Awards is an annual initiative by the British specialist journal Tank Storage Magazine. There are various categories (such as terminals, technology, port etc.) with the winners being selected by a jury of 11 experts.
This year the focus of the Awards lay on “excellence, safety & innovation.” In the Best Port category the tank storage companies in Antwerp ensured that our port emerged as the winner.
“This award is the well-deserved result of many years of investment by private companies in our port,” declared Oil & Chemicals Manager Michel Leyseele who accepted the award on behalf of the Antwerp Port Authority. Last year the SEA-Invest group announced two large investments together amounting to 350 million euros. In the Delwaide dock the group plans to build a new dedicated tank terminal with a capacity of 750,000 m³ for storage of refined products. The resulting trade volume that this will generate is estimated at 13 million tonnes per year. And in the Hansa dock the group will shortly build a new 160,000 m³ tank terminal for Total. Altogether this will give the refinery a storage capacity of more than 1 million m³.
With 11 terminal operators, 16 multi-customer terminals and 7.3 million m³ of storage capacity the Port of Antwerp is a major player in the tank storage segment. Last year the Port experienced further growth in the volume of liquid bulk handled, bringing the total to almost 70 million tonnes.