UK-based port operator Nectar Group is entering into a cooperation agreement with the Belgian port of Oostende.
Nectar will occupy a site in the outer port area and will invest in handling equipment, including a mobile harbour crane, to load and unload vessels. In the first phase, Nectar Group will focus primarily on breakbulk lo-lo activities.
“With the arrival of this independent global player the range of cargo handlers in the port of Oostende is enriched. This is an important step in attracting new additional traffic and contributing to development of bulk and breakbulk cargoes with the UK ports,” said the port.
Han Ozturk, operational and technical director at Nectar, added: “We are excited to be playing a part in the next stage of the development of the port through the provision of high class, competitive services to port users. The port’s direct access to sea and Nectar’s presence in the UK will provide opportunities to develop additional breakbulk and bulk trades between Oostende and UK.”
Operations are expected to start this summer.