The first 15-metre-draught vessel arrived at Koole Tankstorage Botlek, officially opening the newly deepened Nieuwe Waterweg.
The completion of the project represents an important improvement for the accessibility of the Botlek and the competitive position of the Port of Rotterdam. It allows new Panamax and Aframax ships to navigate the Nieuwe Waterweg without any restrictions.
John Kraakman, CEO of Koole Terminals, says: ‘The deepening enables us to serve our clients at our terminals better. It will result in further improvements in logistics as fewer ship movements will be needed. This also improves the logistics chain’s carbon footprint and lower logistics costs throughout the chain and will continue to improve the competitiveness of clients connected to us.’
Ronald Paul, COO at the Port of Rotterdam Authority, says: ‘The deepening enables Rotterdam to improve its competitive position and modernise the Botlek into an area in which the latest bulk carriers and chemical tankers feel just as at home as the largest container ships on Maasvlakte 2.’