MPET is ramping up its efforts in the relocation of its operations from Delwaidedock at the Right Bank to the terminal at Deurganckdock on the Left Bank in the Port of Antwerp. As from 18 April, all transatlantic services are being handled on the left bank. By end 2016, all MPET activities will be fully concentrated at the new terminal at Deurganckdock.
The five new ZPMC mega-cranes that were delivered at the end of 2015 will be fully functional in May, giving the terminal an added operational edge. Currently, three cranes are being shifted from the right bank to the left, together with additional straddle carriers. The cranes are being transferred by barge and prepared for use in operations over the next few months.
The new MPET terminal on the left bank will have a handling capacity of 9 million TEUs annually, making it the single largest container terminal facility in Europe and a choice hub for its customers from the 2M shipping alliance. The terminal which is being developed at a cost of 400 million euros will be equiped with 41 quay cranes and 200 straddle carriers.