The first tidal container terminal in the Port of Antwerp

In the 1980s, an important step was taken towards securing the continued development of the port of Antwerp. While the entire port had until then developed behind a series of locks, the decision was made to extend the port further to the north and to construct a terminal in front of the locks.

For ships docking at a terminal in front of the locks, this can quickly add up to time savings of 4 to 6 hours, compared with terminals inside the lock complex.

The Europa Terminal was officially opened in 1990 and was the first tidal container terminal in the Port of Antwerp. In 1997 a second tidal terminal followed: the Noordzee Terminal. Both terminals are located on the right bank and are quite similar in terms of organization and infrastructure.


Quay length (m) 1,180
Max depth at Chart Datum (m) 14.5
Area (ha) 72
Designed Capacity (‘000TEUs) 1,800
Quay Cranes 9 with outreach up to 20 containers wide
Scheldelaan 495
2040 Antwerpen
GPS: 51.343439, 4.275388
Opening hours for Vessels
Open 24/7
Opening hours for Trucks
​Open 24/5 Non-stop from Monday morning 05:30h until Saturday morning 05:30h