[5 September, 2008 – Rotterdam, the Netherlands and Hong Kong] Europe Container Terminals (ECT), a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group, celebrated today the official opening of the Euromax Terminal. The new terminal is located at Rotterdam’s Maasvlakte directly on the North Sea. It has a total area of 84 hectares with a quay length of 1,500 metres, and offers an annual capacity of 2.3 million TEU.
Speaking at the official opening of the Euromax Terminal, John Meredith, Group Managing Director of HPH, said, “We started this project three years ago with a clear vision to develop a state-of-the-art terminal which would set a new benchmark in efficient and sustainable container operations, both in Europe and around the world. The Euromax Terminal will provide another strategic base for our customers in the heart of Europe, to help meet the growing demand generated by ever increasing levels of trade.”
Jan Westerhoud, President of ECT, said, “The Euromax Terminal is one of the most sophisticated container terminals in the world. We are proud that this world-class terminal has been built to set new container handling standards, and that almost everything at the terminal is driven by electricity, meaning we can greatly reduce our use of fossil fuels. Also, the terminal will offer our customers the additional capacity needed in order to efficiently handle their shipments and a unique multimodal network with optimum connections to the European hinterland.”
Earlier that same day, ECT also opened the 840-metre Delta Barge Feeder (DBF) terminal, which offers feeder and barge operators their own dedicated terminal within the ECT Delta Terminal at the tip of the Delta peninsula. ECT is the first container terminal operator to offer these dedicated facilities to its customers.
The DBF terminal has an annual handling capacity of 700,000 barge and feeder moves. It also offers additional capacity to ECT customers using the deep-sea quays.