Antwerp’s port is expanding, the Goal remains

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Antwerpse haven breidt uit, Doel blijft bestaan

The Flemish government has for the expansion of the port of Antwerp finally chosen for a limited new dock. The polder village of Purpose in the scenario, continue to exist.

The decision of the Flemish government, the port offers an additional capacity for approximately seven million containers. But because of the additional containercapaciteit mainly been realised through development of existing docks, supplemented with a limited new dock, there are new perspectives for Goal.

How the future could look like, is not known. It is not intended to be a fully inhabited village. An external research and design a vision for the future planning for the doomed activates the polder village.

Minister for Mobility Ben Weyts is excited. “Not so long ago, it seemed as if you were in Flanders, not two stones on each other could get. After Oosterweel we prove now that it can do, because we conflictmodel of the past have been traded in for a consultation model. We even do what nobody had expected: Purpose future.’

Opportunities for the port

The port book for six years in a row of record results. So, there are more and more containers that should be unloaded, so there is still hardly any docks are free. The Antwerp port community is therefore asking that for years, a new dock, so the port can continue to grow.

That growth opportunities are coming now. There is within the port place for four million additional containers thanks to the expansion of the Noordzeeterminal, a new terminal on the mute Northern Insteekdok, and a new terminal at the Waaslandkanaal west of the Kieldrechtsluis. In addition, there is capacity created for an additional 3.2 million containers by a limited new dock, that only along the south side is developed.

“We put a big step in the important case of the expansion of the port of Antwerp, the second largest port in Europe,” says Flemish minister of Environment Koen Van den Heuvel (CD&V). ‘Approximately 6.5 percent of the working Flemish population and about 3.5 per cent of the working Belgians has a job thanks to this port. That is, more than ever, the economic engine of Flanders. Now on short-term work be made of the modal shift: the share of rail transport has doubled to 15 percent, and the inland waterways, we bring of 37 to 42 percent. We also play a leading role in innovation, the new getijdendok will fully be equipped with shore power. Only the port of LA is doing us this.”

Start in 2021

It is going to be a ‘voorkeursbesluit’ of the Flemish government. “We make a clear choice,” says Van den Heuvel. ‘From the beginning of June to the middle of August is a public research in Antwerp, Antwerp, Zwijndrecht, Beveren and Sint-Gillis-Waas. Citizens and organizations can request comments and proposals for the elaboration of the plan. Then that comments are processed and we can make the decision to officially adopt it. The expansion will probably be from 2021 to start.’