The renovated Stena Line Terminal at Europoort at the port of Rotterdam has officially started operations.
As well as upgrading the existing berth, the terminal was expanded with a second berth to handle ro-ro vessels, meaning the renovated quay now features 212 m of berthing capacity.
"The number of departures has increased in recent years, and ship capacity has also increased," said Annika Hult, trade director of Stena Line Noordzee. "Last January we replaced three of the four 'Europoort vessels' with larger vessels. The second berth will enable us to further respond to increasing demand on our routes to Harwich and Killingholme. Modifications to the site also offer space for further growth."
Ronald Paul, chief operating officer at the Port of Rotterdam Authority, explained that the new quay strengthens Europoort as a ro-ro hub. "We aim to enable further growth in this segment. Last year the ro-ro sector in Rotterdam grew by 6.2 percent through the use of larger vessels."