Additional container handling capacity for the port

The Port of Antwerp is the second largest port in Europe with respect to the handling of containers. And, the number of containers continues to grow each year. An additional handling capacity of 7.1 million TEUs is needed to accommodate this growth until 2030.

To achieve this, the Flemish Government decided on 15 July 2016 to start the complex project ‘Realisation of additional container handling capacity in the Antwerp port area’ (ECA complex project). This led to an investigation into the best alternative that answers the three objectives of the complex project:

  • the creation of additional container handling capacity
  • the development of additional industrial/logistics areas
  • guaranteeing easy access to container terminals and industrial/logistics areas by connecting to the main network by rail, inland shipping, and road.

On 17 May 2019, the Flemish Government drew up the design preference decision.

On 31 January 2020, the Flemish Government adopted the preference decision for the ECA complex project. You can find information about this complex project on the Flemish Government project website (only in Dutch).

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