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News in brief News in brief Amsterdam Seaports is ready for the future Tank storage terminals in Amsterdam Seaports go green New investment plans for Oiltanking Amsterdam


20 EuroTank Amsterdam BV


Energy in the picture Coal on the rise

20 Oiltanking

20 Specialised Tanker Services

10 Waterland Terminal

24 Zeehaven IJmuiden NV

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One hundred million euro modernisation

Main contributors: Bart Stam (chief editor), Mark van Baal, Jan van den Berg, Helen Hill, Pieter van Hove, Joris Moes, Willem Moojen, Rob Schoemaker and Niels Tersteeg (trainee). Photos: Dick van den Berg, Martin Hendriksen, Willem Moojen, Ed Seeder, Reinder Weidijk and others. Translation: Writewell: Andrew Rogers, Akke Pinkster Advertising: Daniel Alfeder, De Ruijterkade 7, 1013 AA Amsterdam Telephone + 31 20-6273706 Mobile phone +31 6-28999519 Fax: + 31 20-6264969 E-mail: Website:

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Amsterdam Seaports: Hub for offshore wind energy Hydrocarbon Hotel, a new tank storage terminal More tanks for greater flexibility Amsterdam Seaports goes biodiesel

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Ongoing growth as a multi-modal business Keeping the cranes up

Cover Photo: Amsterdam Seaports is a broad energy port. In the foreground you can see some of the 88 white tanks of Oiltanking Amsterdam, while below we see the development of the new Vesta Biofuels biodiesel plant. You will also spot various large 3 MW wind turbines.

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Seaports full of ‘energy’ By the time you read this column 2011 will be well

safety measures over recent years. And there is more to tell, such

underway, and hopefully this year will herald the

as the growth of IJmuiden regarding offshore wind turbines, or

definitive recovery of Amsterdam Seaports. I would

the fact that Amsterdam Seaports is becoming a major player

like to take this opportunity, however, to reflect on the

in the field of biodiesel, especially when Greenmills and Vesta

results of 2010.

Biofuels go into production this year.

I am pleased to report that the past year was reasonably

I won’t bore you with a list of all the articles in this edition, but

successful with a combined storage and transhipment of

believe me when I say that Amsterdam Seaports combines four

90 million tons, an increase of four percent. Although less

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growth than seen in Rotterdam (+11 percent) and Antwerp (+13 percent), it is important to note that in the ‘disaster

Michiel A. Wijsmuller, Chairman Amports

year’ of 2009, Amsterdam Seaports had a far smaller reduction than our fellow ports in the Le Havre-Hamburg range. In fact, it was only in 2008 that we achieved a better result (94.7 million tons) than the 2010 figures. Other positive developments in 2010 included the strong recovery of steel company Tata Steel in IJmuiden (one of the four seaports within Amsterdam Seaports), the thirteen percent increase in transhipment of agri-bulk (mostly grains and animal fodder products) and the fourteen percent increase in Roll-on/Roll-off, including cars. And although the transhipment of oil products and coal in Amsterdam saw a small decline, both bulk segments recovered in the second half of 2010. This edition of Amsterdam Seaports focuses on our role as a major international energy port. As fossil fuels will remain the main source of energy for decades to come, we place an extra spotlight on the storage and transhipment of oil products and coal in the North Sea Canal region. It is interesting to read how much money, time and manpower the major terminals have spent on environmental and


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NEWS IN BRIEF Stern trawler as good as new

transhipment increase for Amsterdam Seaports in 2010

After a refit of nearly a year at ship repair yard

Amsterdam Seaports ended last year with a four percent rise in

Shipdock Amsterdam, the stern trawler SCH81

transhipments. The ports of the North Sea Canal region handled some 90

Carolien (owned by the fishing company Cornelis

million tons in 2010.

Vrolijk in IJmuiden) was relaunched in late 2010. Named after director Carolien Vrolijk, the vessel

Compared to 2009, transhipment in the Amsterdam port declined by just 1%

was upgraded in accordance with the latest

to approximately 72.5 million tons. After a 7.1 % drop in the first six months,

environmental requirements, including those

the second half showed a 5% recovery and by the end of 2010 the total

due to be implemented in 2015. This included

transhipment had almost reached the level of the previous year. For example,

changing the cooling system so that it no longer

the decline in the transhipment of oil products and coal in the first six months

uses Freon but a mix of ammonia (NH3) and CO2.

was followed by a rise in the second half of the year.

Other renovations involved the working decks, conveyor belts, crew accommodations, bridge,

Year-on-year recovery was seen with agricultural bulk (+13%) and sand, gravel

sonar systems, echo sounder and the navigation

and minerals. Roll on/Roll Off transhipment also grew strongly by 40%, while

& control equipment.

general cargo and container transhipment declined. Major challenges for the Port of Amsterdam in 2011 include strengthening Amsterdam’s position as a logistical and economic hub, the new Port Information Guide, ensuring ongoing progress with the new sea lock and possible privatisation of the port of Amsterdam.

The stern trawler Carolien

AEO certification for NuStar NuStar is the first tank storage company in Amsterdam Seaports to receive the so-called AEO certification from Dutch Customs. AEO offers numerous benefits to logistical companies that are active in international trade, including the reduction and simplification of physical customs checks. Mary Morgan, European president of NuStar, was handed the certificate on 17 December 2010.

Aerial photograph of Amsterdam Seaports

New sea containers

In 2010, the transhipment in IJmuiden increased by 30% to 17 million tons,

Container Company Amsterdam (CCA) has

mainly due to the growing demand from Tata Steel, while the import of

launched a new range of multifunctional

fresh fish increased from 12,774 tons to 14,041 tons, a turnover growth of

containers that meet the most stringent quality

approximately ten percent. For the pelagic fishing sector the year mainly

demands. Developed in cooperation with the

involved substantial fleet investments.

Rotterdam-based company Mammoet, 450 of these ISO-certified containers have already been

To further develop as a major European hub, the Port of IJmuiden NV recently

made by Chinese company CIMC. The containers

started construction of 440 metres of quay wall for a new terminal for reefer

can be used for land and sea transport or as a

containers for deep-frozen fresh fish. Meanwhile, the number of passengers

counterbalance for the new generation of cranes.

on DFDS Seaways between IJmuiden and Newcastle (UK) increased by four

They have a load capacity of up to 120 tons.

percent to a record-breaking 555,000.


NEWS IN BRIEF City of St. Petersburg makes maiden call to Amsterdam Seaports

VCK Group and ComPass start

On Saturday 5 February, the brand-new car carrier City of St. Petersburg made

strategic cooperation

her maiden call in the port of Amsterdam. The Ro/Ro vessel, owned by Nissan

The Amsterdam VCK Group has taken a 50%

Motor Car Carrier, unloaded 1150 Nissans for the European market at Koopman

stake in German logistics company ComPass.

Car Terminal with the aid of the nearby Waterland Terminal. The Dutch operator

ComPass will benefit the extensive VCK network

of the vessel, Euro Marine Carrier, mainly intends to use City of St. Petersburg for

and client base, while VCK will expand into

transporting cars to Northern Europe and Russia.

the German market with VCK subsidiary All-in Logistics (AIL) playing a key role. Founded in

A unique feature

1993 and located near Düsseldorf International

of the ship is

Airport, ComPass employs over 200 staff and

her streamlined,

will continue its current activities under its


own name and management. Peter Loonen,

bow shape, which

managing director of the VCK Group, has joined

reduces fuel

the Board of Directors of ComPass Holding.

consumption. According to

OSD launches new offshore vessel

Nissan this will

Anglo-Dutch company Offshore Ship Designers

result in an annual

(OSD) has launched a new offshore wind farm

reduction of 800 tons of fuel oil

maintenance vessel concept that will improve City of St. Petersburg arrives at the Koopman Car Terminal

uptime of deepwater wind turbines and reduce

(2500 tons of CO2) compared to a conventional car carrier. Built by Kyokuyo

costs by carrying out simultaneous maintenance

Shipyard in Japan, the vessel is 140 metres in length with a beam of 22.4 metres

of multiple wind turbines. The Sea–Wind design

and a total weight of 21,143 tons. With its crew of 24, the vessel can carry up to

is a submersible dock ship with a large floodable

2,000 cars per trip at a speed of approximately 16.9 knots.

dock accessible from the stern. It will provide accommodation for wind turbine engineers,

DFDS Seaways record

service personnel, ships and support crew. The

DFDS Seaways’ daily line service between IJmuiden and Newcastle transported

vessel has a capability to service up to 45 wind

a record number of 555,000 passengers last year, around 24,000 more than in

turbines per day in up to 2.5 m significant wave

2009. The passenger increase is the result of a higher occupation of the two

heights. Offshore Ship Designers Group (OSD)

cruise ferries in the spring and autumn seasons due to a successful promotion

is based in IJmuiden (Amsterdam Seaports)

campaign. Another reason for the improved figures was the volcanic eruption in

and has offices in Montrose, York, Appledore,

Iceland that paralysed air traffic in April 2010. Many stranded passengers chose to

Shanghai and Singapore.

travel between the UK and the European mainland with DFDS Seaways.

Artist’s impression of the Sea-Wind

Faster customs processing at Vollers In January 2011, warehousing company Vollers Holland became one of the first cocoa storage companies in Amsterdam Seaports to receive AEO certification (Authorised Economic Operator) from Dutch customs. This document applies to customs simplification and security at Vollers’ two facilities in Amsterdam and DFDS ferry at the Felison Terminal in IJmuiden



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Amsterdam Seaports is ready for the future The International Energy Agency (IEA) has indicated that although fossil fuels (oil, coal and natural gas) will continue to dominate over the coming decades, sustainable energy is slowly gaining ground. By strengthening its position as an international hub for oil products and coal while simultaneously expanding its sustainable energy facilities, Amsterdam Seaports is well placed to benefit.

“Amsterdam Seaports has a very strong position in the tank storage of oil products,” says Ruud van Stralen, commercial manager for oil and chemicals at the Port of Amsterdam. “We have several ultra-modern terminals that can also be used for blending these products in accordance with the most diverse specifications.” Amsterdam has succeeded in obtaining a dominant position in blending and has become the largest gasoline port in the world. Van Stralen: “Amsterdam is benefitting from the imbalance in the global gasoline product sector with regards to

considerable growth for a number of years,

metres, enabling large bulk carriers to come

the production in Europe on the one hand

notably as a result of the closure of many coal

to Amsterdam fully loaded.”

and the main markets such as the USA,

mines in Germany. Bio-fuels

West Africa and the Middle East on the other.” According to Van Stralen, Amsterdam

De Ridder says that Amsterdam Seaports

Like Ruud van Stralen, Marcel Gorris,

Seaports also has a leading edge regarding

– and of course Rotterdam – will continue

commercial manager of the Port of

other oil products: “Over a third of the wet

to be the main coal ports in the Le Havre-

Amsterdam, also believes that bio-fuels will

bulk transhipped in Amsterdam consists of

Hamburg range. With 33 percent Rotterdam

play a major part in Amsterdam Seaports,

gas oil. The seaport has the ideal location

is slightly bigger than Amsterdam (25

albeit in the longer term. “As the large tank

with regard to its hinterland in general and

percent, including Tata Steel) with a main

storage companies will have to incorporate

Germany, Switzerland, France and the UK

focus on cokes for the steel industry, while

and blend an increasing amount of bio-fuels,

in particular.” Over the past three years,

the majority of coal from Amsterdam is used

the port will automatically become more

Amsterdam has continued to grow between

in electricity plants.

sustainable.” Gorris is also proud to report

17 and 25 percent, partly as a result of the

that the large tank storage companies in

multi-million-euro investments made by the

De Ridder: “As a seaport we are well-equipped

Amsterdam already blended around 800,000

large terminals between 2005 and 2010.

for growth up to 24 million tons in 2020.

tons of biodiesel and bio-ethanol over the

Increasing the turnover rate is key. Over the

past year in addition to the total volume of


past five to ten years the two large terminals

oil products. Moreover, in late 2010 the new

Coal is the main dry bulk product handled

in Amsterdam – OBA and Rietlanden – have

Greenmills biodiesel plant transferred its first

by Amsterdam Seaports, with the goal to

already invested considerable amounts

2,150 tons from Amsterdam to a BP terminal

increase the current 15 to 17 million tons to

into the modernisation of their facilities. In

in the UK. Amsterdam Seaports also has

24 million tons by 2020. According to Lex

addition, the Port of Amsterdam is constantly

major ambitions for biomass says Gorris. “We

de Ridder, unit manager bulk logistics of

upgrading its lighter facilities and creating

expect to be transhipping around six million

the Port of Amsterdam, the transport and

new mooring places for large bulk carriers.

tons of biomass by 2020.”

transhipment in the ARA range (Amsterdam-

We have also increased the depth of the

Rotterdam-Antwerp) has been enjoying

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Tank storage terminals in Amsterdam Seaports go green Major oil product storage companies in Amsterdam Seaports have invested heavily in modernising their infrastructure and in environmental upgrades over recent years.

With an annual throughput of some 37 million tons of gasoline, gas oil, fuel oil and kerosene, Amsterdam is one of the largest seaports in the world for oil products. In fact, when it comes to gasoline, Amsterdam is the most important port in the world, ahead even of the likes of Singapore and Houston. To stay ahead, however, the terminals have to continue to invest not only in increasing their capacity and safety, but also in environmental measures. Examples of upgrades include modern vapour recovery systems, water treatment plants, oil-water separators and soil sanitation schemes. Ruud van Stralen, commercial manager for oil and chemicals at the Port of Amsterdam, carefully follows developments at the tank terminals in Amsterdam. “The large tank storage companies have long been engaged in proactive environmental investments, and this increases their flexibility. Vopak, for instance, uses internal

Three terminal managers from Amsterdam Seaports. From left to right: Rolf van Iterson (BP Amsterdam

floating roofs against vapour formation,

Terminal), Eric Kleine (Vopak) and Coen Hübner (Oiltanking Amsterdam)

while NuStar has opted for a balance system between the containers. These two different

In order to provide more freedom for its

since January 1, 2010. “This increases the

systems are both highly effective.” Ruud van

customers, Specialised Tanker Services

demand for fuels such as gas oil, creating new

Stralen estimates that each terminal has

(STS), a subsidiary of Silver Star Agencies,

opportunities for the leading terminals in

now invested between 15 and 20 million

has developed a mobile vapour processing


euros in vapour recovery systems.

and degassing installation for ship to ship transfer. This plant will be going into

Oiltanking Amsterdam

Ship to ship transfer

operation as soon as the current trial period

With a capacity of 1.6 million m3, Oiltanking

Graham Wastell, director of Silver Star

is concluded. According to Wastell, this gives

Amsterdam is by far the largest tank storage

Agencies, agrees that his company

additional room for manoeuvring when

terminal in the Port of Amsterdam. As

increasingly needs to consider various

pumping liquid cargo between two tankers.

managing director Coen Hübner points out,

environmental issues – the Amsterdam-

It also allows tank storage companies to

in addition to extra jetties and storage tanks

based ship brokerage often deals with the

receive more vessels.

the company has invested a lot of money in environmental and safety measures in

supply, storage and transit of oil products. “It is standard procedure for us to check

An important development underlined

recent years. “All 83 tanks have floating roofs

our customers’ vessels for the stringent

by the Silver Star Agencies director is that

to minimise the leaking of volatile organic

environmental requirements in both our

sea-going vessels have been obliged to

compounds (VOCs). In 2009, we also deployed

port and the European Union at large.”

use only low-sulphur fuel in all EU ports

an advanced vapour recovery installation

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with special carbon filters, which captures vapours when loading ships.” BP Amsterdam and EuroTank With a capacity of around one million tons, the BP Amsterdam Terminal (BAT) is another large import and export point for materials such as propane, butane, gasoline products, gas oil and diesel. “We are working with environmental investments in many areas,” terminal manager Rolf van Iterson says. “For instance, we are currently equipping all our pump cisterns with an impermeable layer. We are also carrying out a variety of The transhipment of oil products has increased substantially in Amsterdam Seaports between 2005 and

soil sanitation projects.”

2010, partly thanks to the considerable investments made by the terminals

In 2009, BP Amsterdam completed a major 65 million euro investment, in which

compounds are stored and transhipped

running on natural gas, which led to a

environmental issues were an important

are connected to each other with pipes

sharp reduction in pollutants such as NOx

component. This focused primarily on

and linked to a vapour processing

and is more energy efficient. In 2008, we

the direct connection of the new pier for

installation. This means that our system

also insulated three fuel oil tanks, cutting

sea-going vessels to the modern vapour

is functional even when no vessels

energy consumption by half.”

processing installation. In late 2009, BP

are loading or unloading. NuStar has a

also connected the twelve existing jetties

completely closed system, removing the

Naturally, environmental investments

for inland shipping and sea-going vessels

need for floating roofs on our tanks.”

also played a major role in the new Vopak Terminal Amsterdam Westpoort in the

to a second vapour processing system. NuStar has also invested a lot in other

Afrikahaven (Africa harbour), which will

According to its director Frank Schaper,

fields recently. “All locations where

come into operation later this year with a

EuroTank Amsterdam has taken a number

compounds could leak, such as pumping

capacity of 1.2 million tons. The 41 storage

of important environmental steps in

stations and loading and unloading points,

tanks have an automatic leak detection

recent years. “In 2009 and 2010 we fitted

have impermeable floors,” De Waart

system, as do the pipelines between the

two large vapour processing installations


jetties and the terminal. Furthermore, all tank valves are equipped with a special

for sea-going ships as well as lorries and rail tank cars. The plants have a capacity of

“We are currently examining how we can

2,500 and 5,000 m3 per hour, respectively.”

reduce energy use at the terminal,” Pot

film (HPDE) to prevent leakage.

adds. “As part of this process, we will first

“The advantage of a greenfield site is that

NuStar Terminals

look at three large thermal boilers which

we can set up processes using state-of-the-

Completed in 2005, NuStar Terminals is

heat our fuel oil tanks and consume a great

art technology,” managing director Eric

a relatively new tank storage terminal

deal of power. We think that automated

Kleine points out. “Any emissions of volatile

with a capacity of about 600,000 m . The

controls may be the key to the required

organic compounds will be very low

terminal stores and tranships fuel oil,


thanks to our tanks having both internal


gas oil, gasoline and biofuels. “In recent

floating roofs and a vaulted ceiling, and our

years, we have invested large sums in new

New Vopak terminal

advanced vapour processing systems that

environment and safety systems,” general

Vopak will soon have a second terminal

capture and process vapour both during

manager Dineke Pot says. “We aim to be

at its disposal in Amsterdam. The existing

loading and under the floating roofs.”

an emissions-free terminal.”

terminal has 21 storage tanks, which together provide 85,000 m3 for fuel oil

“We have a unique vapour recovery

and gas oil products. “We have also made

system different from that found at

the necessary environmental investments

other terminals,” Environment, Health &

in recent years,” terminal manager Daan

Safety manager Lars de Waart adds. “At

van Rooijen says. “For instance, in 2009

NuStar, all tanks and jetties where volatile

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New investment plans for Oiltanking Amsterdam With a capacity of 1.6 million cubic metres, Oiltanking Amsterdam is the largest tank storage terminal for oil products at Amsterdam Seaports. “Olitanking is also working on several expansion projects,” managing director Coen Hübner reveals.

The German group Oiltanking, headquartered in Hamburg, has been active in Amsterdam Seaports since 1974. “Over the years, our terminal has grown to encompass a total storage capacity of 1.6 million m3,” Hübner says. “Our main activities are storage and transhipment as well as the blending of oil products like gasoline, which reflects the difference in supply and demand between the US and Europe. But there is also a lot of gasoline going out from our terminal to other regions.” Gasoline is not the only product stored and blended at Oiltanking Amsterdam, however. The company deals with a broad range of oil products such as gas

The Hong Kong based mv Adriatic Wave docks at Oiltanking’s new jetty in the port of Amsterdam

oil, diesel, naphtha and jet A-1 fuel. They are stored in 88 different storage tanks

also storing strategic oil reserves for EU

emissions of volatile organic compounds

with a capacity ranging from 2,000 to

gouvernments. Finally, the company has

(VOCs). In 2009, the company also

60,000 m each.

an additional, activity in the form of the

installed an advanced vapour processing

storage of molasses, a syrup-like binder

installation, which fully absorbs VOC

substance used in livestock feed.

emissions during the loading of vessels.


Pipeline to Schiphol Oiltanking Amsterdam is linked to

Oiltanking is also a member of the

two major pipelines. The first is 80 km

Oiltanking Amsterdam currently employs

new AMAS association (Amsterdam

long and ensures the supply of crude

78 people, a figure which Hübner expects

Mutual Aid System), in which five large

oil from various production platforms

to grow in the coming period.

oil storage terminals in Amsterdam

in the North Sea. “We first separate

Seaports cooperate with the regional fire

the salt and water from the oil here in

Environment and safety

brigade should a fire break out in any of

Amsterdam,” Hübner specifies. “After

In addition to new jetties and storage

the terminals.

treatment we load the treated crude oil

tanks, Oiltanking Amsterdam has

to barges for transportation to refineries

made considerable investments in


in Rotterdam.”

environmental and safety measures over

Thanks to the excellent results of recent

recent years. “As a lot of light flammable

years and positive market developments,

A second pipeline of approximately

liquids stored here it is only right that

Oiltanking is currently planning to

16 km, in operation since 1998, links

we meet the stringent environmental

expand its terminal site in Amsterdam.

Oiltanking Amsterdam to Schiphol

and safety requirements of the Dutch

“We hope to soon have the necessary

Airport. “This infrastructure allows us

authorities,” Hübner points out. The

construction and environmental

to supply our national airport with

terminal manager underlines that all his

permits,” Hübner concludes.

more than 50 percent of its demand for

company’s storage tanks now equipped

kerosene,” Hübner adds. Oiltanking is

with floating roofs so as to minimise the Amsterdam Seaports No. 1 2011 11

E ner g y in the picture Versatile energy port It is no exaggeration to say that Amsterdam Seaports is a broad

These photographs show the wide diversity of Amsterdam

energy port. Almost all types of energy are represented by an

Seaports. In the foreground you can see the 88 white tanks of

impressive number of tank storage companies for oil products, two

Oiltanking Amsterdam, and in the top left corner the contours of

large coal terminals, an international steel company in IJmuiden

the new Vopak Westpoort Amsterdam Terminal and Rietlanden

(Tata Steel), two electricity plants and companies involved in

Terminals for coal storage. Top right are the tanks of BP Amsterdam

sustainable energy. Examples of these businesses include the new

Terminal (BAT), while below we see the development of the new

biodiesel plants of Vesta Biofuels and Greenmills as well as the

Vesta Biofuels biodiesel plant. You will also spot various large 3 MW

offshore wind industry centred in IJmuiden.

wind turbines.

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Coal on the rise The two large bulk cargo companies (OBA and Rietlanden) in Amsterdam Seaports have joined forces with Tata Steel to keep dust emissions from coal handling to a minimum. This is part of a strategy to ensure that the expected growth in coal throughput from 17 million tons today to 24 million tons by 2020 is responsible and sustainable.

Ready to roll: The new covered coal transhipment terminal at Rietlanden Terminals

Coal is the main dry bulk sector of

For Amsterdam Seaports, this is expected

and Rotterdam into main ports for the

Amsterdam Seaports. Given that high

to represent an increase in coal throughput


tech processes increasingly allow modern

of some 40 percent by 2020. Terminals

power plants to process this fossil fuel

should be able to absorb this growth by

About 25 percent of the coal destined

power with ever greater returns, it is

improving the processing speed at their

for ports from Le Havre to Hamburg goes

not surprising that there are so many


through Amsterdam Seaports, including

coal plants in Europe – including the

Tata Steel in IJmuiden. With a share of 33

Netherlands – and that some of them are

Twenty-five percent share

percent, Rotterdam focuses mainly on coke,

even being expanded.

“In absolute terms, coal supply has

which – together with iron ore – supplies

flattened over the past two years, partly

the German steel industry.

The supply of coal from deep sea ports

because some power plants in Western

to European power plants and steel

Europe have switched over to natural gas,”

“The focus on power production is part of

mills is a laborious process. The ongoing

explains Lex de Ridder, bulk logistics unit

the reason why Amsterdam did relatively

closure of German coal mines has already

manager at the Port of Amsterdam. “The

well last year even though the steel market

significantly increased this maritime traffic,

ongoing closure of mines in Germany,

was struggling,” De Ridder points out. “This

and Germany is set to reduce capacity by a

however, has meant that more coal now

effect was noticeable both in the port of

further 20 million tons in the coming years.

comes by sea, turning Amsterdam Seaports

Rotterdam and at Tata Steel: For instance,

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ener g y Coal: Third in Europe According to Eurostat’s 2010 Yearbook, coal-fired plants provide 18 percent of electricity in the European Union, while gas and nuclear power represent 20 and 30 percent, respectively. Lignite and hydropower accounted for ten percent each, while biomass and wind power had a share of three percent. Coal throughput at Amsterdam Seaports increased from 17 million tons in 2003 to 22 million tons in 2007 and 2008. In 2009, throughput

Due to the ongoing closure of German coal mines, Amsterdam Seaports expects an increase in coal

fell to 17.5 million tons as a result

throughput of some 40 percent by 2020

of the global recession, which was particularly difficult for the steel

a new 60-ton bridge crane which will come

to cover the coal stock with a thin layer of

industry. Last year, the port of

into operation in the second half of 2011.

latex in IJmuiden, and wind-proof concrete walls that minimise wind effect during

Amsterdam handled more than 14 million tons of coal, 8.5 of which went

The first coal carrier moored at the new

long-term storage. Tata Steel now also has

through OBA Bulk Terminal and 5.7 via

Rietlanden terminal in the western part

covered conveyor belts, and all roads and

Rietlanden Terminals.

of the port of Amsterdam (Afrikahaven)

rolling stock are cleaned regularly.

in late 2006. Two years ago, the company The transhipment of coal in IJmuiden

was taken over by the French EDF, and

represented nearly five million tons in

Rietlanden Terminals now has over 565,000

2010, an increase of 30 percent over

m2 of surface capacity and 1,600 metres

the difficult previous year. Increased

of jetties at its disposal in Amsterdam,

demand for steel products made

amounting to a storage capacity in excess

a significant contribution to this

of three million tons.

The necessity of a second sea lock

improvement. In addition to site expansion and the

The IJgeul, the link between the North

improvement of technical equipment such

Sea Canal and the port of Amsterdam,

the supply of raw materials to Tata Steel

as floating cranes, OBA Bulk Terminal and

was expanded for vessels with a

in IJmuiden decreased by 60 percent in

Rietlanden Terminals have done everything

draught of 17.8 metres in 2005, allowing

2009 – although the situation has since

possible to minimise dust emissions during

capesizers – bulk carriers of 160,000

improved thanks to the global recovery.

storage and handling. This was achieved by

to 190,000 tons – to enter the port of

The construction of new coal plants here

installing sprinklers in the overflow bunkers

IJmuiden. Unfortunately, these ships

at home – in Rotterdam and Groningen

and conveyors, spraying the coal piles with

are still too deep to pass through the

Seaports – will further increase the supply

a liquid that leaves a thin layer of cellulose

locks and reach Amsterdam, and have

of this fuel.”

after evaporating, keeping the coal moist

to be partly unloaded into barges (i.e.

during dry periods, and protecting it from

lightened) before they can take their

Higher throughput capacity

the wind. A monitoring system tracks the

remaining cargo to OBA Bulk Terminal

OBA Bulk Terminal Amsterdam has

presence and movements of dust in the air,

and Rietlanden Terminals in Amsterdam.

invested heavily in expanding its sites

and measurements have shown that the

While this may seem cumbersome,

over recent years. The company now

problem has been eliminated.

lightening means that no additional

has 650,000 m2 of surface capacity and

action for loading and storage is

1,230 metres of jetties, offering a storage

Tata Steel has also invested heavily in

necessary at the terminal itself. To

capacity of three million tons. OBA was

countering dust emissions both at its site

incorporate larger vessels – in terms of

able to increase its throughput capacity

and in the surroundings. It is over a decade

length and beam as well as draught – a

from around eight to ten million tons a

ago that the steel company installed an

large new sea lock in IJmuiden (500

year by modifying the existing terminal

automatic sprinkler system, and this has

metres long and 65 to 70 metres wide)

and constructing new jetties for inland

since been expanded and improved several

is of crucial importance.

shipping. The company is also investing in

times. New measures include the capacity Amsterdam Seaports No. 1 2011 15

ener g y EuroTank Amsterdam renovates storage terminal

One hundred million euro modernisation EuroTank Amsterdam is in the midst of a multi-year renovation of its storage terminal in the port of Amsterdam, a project that will eventually cost over 100 million euros.

EuroTank was acquired in 2006 by Vitol, a leading energy product company that is currently broadening its focus to include the exploration and production of oil reserves as well as the marketing of oil products. Soon thereafter a largescale project was initiated to modernise the tanks and other installations in the Amsterdam facilities. The renovation is aimed at making improvements in the field of safety, the environment and the efficiency of the infrastructure, says General Manager Frank Schaper. “For example, we built two new vapour return installations of 2500 and 5000 m3 to prevent gasonline and gasoline component vapours from entering the atmosphere. We can now intercept and condense these vapours to reclaim fuel.” The renovation programme will continue until at least 2015 and cost over 100 million euros. Improving the quays Part of the project is improving the (un) loading facilities for seagoing vessels, Schaper explains. “We will renovate the existing jetties, which includes

General Manager of EuroTank Amsterdam, Frank Schaper

improving the loading arms to increase their capacity. As a result, we should

are not intended as capacity expansion,

to maintain its position in Amsterdam

be able to unload a tanker in 24 hours

however. Once they are ready, EuroTank

Seaports. Schaper: “This port continues

instead of the current 36.”

will clean out and demolish several old

to be one of the major storage and

tanks. “For now we don’t have any plans

transhipment hubs for mineral products

EuroTank Amsterdam also built four

to expand our storage capacity, but we

in the ARA region (Antwerp-Rotterdam-

storage tanks for gasoline products in

are looking into the possibility of building

Amsterdam).” EuroTank is therefore very

2009, with a joint capacity of 150,000 m3.

extra capacity on our current land at a later

important to mother company Vitol as well

These will be extended in mid 2011 with

date,” says Schaper.

as being the company’s largest storage

four more tanks for gasoil with a total capacity of 75,000 m . The new tanks 3

terminal with a capacity of nearly 1.4 It is understandable that EuroTank wants

16 Amsterdam Seaports No. 1 2011

million m3.

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Amsterdam Seaports: Hub for offshore wind energy Over recent years the port of IJmuiden, part of Amsterdam Seaports, has developed into the Dutch centre for wind energy on the North Sea.

According to Peter van de Meerakker, Managing Director of Zeehaven IJmuiden NV Port Authority, the IJmondhaven (IJmond harbour), the third largest port of IJmuiden, is an ideal operating base. “The sailing times to the new parks on the North Sea are relatively short. In addition, we have 40,000 m2 of land where the wind turbines can be assembled.” All potential developers (energy companies, project developers and

Construction of offshore wind turbines in the IJmond harbour

investment companies) have now visited the IJmondhaven. “I hope they will use

new office and warehouse, and may soon

Iskes expects to continue to be involved

this location as the base of operations for

expand its activities. In 2009 the Dutch

in the maintenance of the current wind

multiple offshore wind parks,” says Van de

government granted the license for two

turbines and the installation of the new


new wind turbine parks. The first is from the

parks nearby.

German energy company RWE and consists The major benefit of IJmuiden is its central

of 59 turbines of 5 megawatt. The second

Established in IJmuiden for some time,

location, adds Ron Davio, the new chairman

project has 100 3 MW turbines.

WindCat Workboats also transports

of the promotional organisation AYOP

personnel and materials to and from the

(Amsterdam IJmuiden Offshore Ports).

The Dutch government also gave out design

wind turbine parks on the North Sea.

He says that another key advantage is

licenses for the largest offshore wind park of

Together with the American company

the presence of a large number of service

the Netherlands (350 MW), located some 55

Morelli & Melvin, WindCat Workboat

organisations such as metal companies,

kilometres from IJmuiden. Finally, the Dutch

designed a fast catamaran with a front

KVSA (a shipbroker that provides a full range

company E-connection has been granted

fender and rubber rubbing strip that allows

of IT services) and the Maritime Service

the license to build a wind park with 94

the boat to moor alongside the wind

Centre Ymond (MSCY).

3 MW turbines sited 74 kilometres from

turbines and facilitate easy boarding and



apparent during the construction of two

Suppliers benefit

This year WindCat Workboats is planning

wind turbine parks off the Dutch coast. The

These developments are having a positive

to take the WindCat-101 into operation,

first is the Near Shore Wind Park built in

effect on the regional suppliers. Iskes

a 27-metre catamaran for a crew of 50.

2006, which consists of 36 wind turbines of

Towage and Salvage, for example, has

The vessel is specifically intended for

3 megawatt (MW). The second wind turbine

already done a lot of work for the two

transporting personnel to farther offshore

park (2008) is approximately 23 kilometres

existing wind parks. During construction the

accommodation platforms. For smaller tasks,

from the port of IJmuiden and includes 60

IJmuiden company was involved in towing

the company has the fast WindSpeeds,

wind turbines of 2 MW.

the installation vessels and the transport of

12-metre polyester monohulls that can carry

maintenance personnel to sea.

small components or up to ten people.

The suitability of the IJmondhaven became

Vestas facilities Vestas Offshore the Netherlands opened

Iskes is also active in the maintenance sector

new facilities for these projects in IJmuiden

together with the IJmuiden company Wals

in 2009. The company organises the

Diving. In 2010, one of Iskes’s vessels (Pollux)

maintenance of both wind parks from this

was transporting divers almost continuously. Amsterdam Seaports No. 1 2011 17

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Hydrocarbon Hotel, a new tank storage terminal Port of Amsterdam aims to be one of the most sustainable ports in Europe by 2020. In line with this ambition, a tank storage terminal for products such as bio-fuels is due for completion in the port of Amsterdam at the end of this year. The project is being built by Hydrocarbon Hotel, a joint venture between Blue Ocean and the North Sea Group, two companies active on the British and Dutch market for motor fuels.

The guests at the groundbreaking ceremony in the Amerikahaven (America harbour) in the port of Amsterdam on 23 September 2010 included Neil O’Leary (CEO Ion Equity, shareholder of Blue Ocean) and Peter Nohlmans (CEO of the North Sea Group). At the time construction of the new blend terminal officially started foundations for three tanks were already in place. When completed, the facilities will include eleven tanks with a total capacity of 140,000 m3 as well as a holding and filling station. The terminal will also have a quay for seagoing and inland vessels. Hydrocarbon Hotel is active in the import, export and blending of gasoline and the storage of gasoline

Aerial photograph taken during the groundbreaking ceremony of Hydrocarbon Hotel. In the background we

components and bio-fuels. The delivery

see the storage tanks of ‘neighbour’ Oiltanking Amsterdam

date is set for 1 December 2011. nozzles. The benefits of this system are

had never previously been used as a tank

Client network

very short blending times and the absence


Ruud van Stralen, commercial manager oil

of electro motors and seals in the tanks.

and chemicals of the Port of Amsterdam,

Because the tanks include a system for

Some 3,800 HSPs are being used, each

explains that the Amerikahaven is a logical

measuring the product density at fifteen

with a diameter of 220 mm and an average

location for the new terminal: “Hydrocarbon

levels, operators can monitor the progress

length of approximately 23 metres. This

Hotel is located in an area that is already

of the blending process and see when it is

means the load will be more evenly

being used for tank storage. Moreover,

finished on screen without having to take

distributed over a large number of relatively

the terminal suits the needs of our client

product samples from the tank.

slim concrete piles, enabling the use of

network in Amsterdam.”

thinner, less reinforced concrete plates. New foundation

The HSPs also have the benefit of fast

An important environmental measure is the

During the groundbreaking ceremony all

installation: Depending on the conditions,

construction of a vapour balancing system.

eyes were on Voorbij Funderingstechniek,

over 200 HSPs can be placed per day,

According to Van Stralen this closed system

a Dutch company involved in foundation

considerably reducing the construction

ensures minimum emissions and vapour

techniques that is also situated in the


loss, while also preventing odour issues and

Amsterdam port. In addition to 134

other air-polluting effects.

traditional prefab piles (including for

To blend the gasoline efficiently, all eleven

the operating building and the pump

tanks will be equipped with a circulation

foundations), the company used high-

system including so-called venturi blend

speed piles (HSPs), a solid pile system which

18 Amsterdam Seaports No. 1 2011

ener g y Westway Terminals expands

More tanks for greater flexibility Westway Terminals is expanding its storage terminal in the port of Amsterdam with nine stainless steel tanks. In addition to an increase in capacity, the independent logistic services provider specialised in the storage of (semi-)manufactured goods for the agri-industry and bio-oil will be able to offer clients increased flexibility and diversification.

With its Amsterdam Seaports storage capacity increasing to 116,000 m3, Westway Terminals will be servicing more than just the large agri-industry in the environs of the Dutch capital. Thanks to good hinterland connections via trucks, inland shipping and coasters, the storage company will also be supplying products to clients in Germany, Belgium and the UK. Once the nine new stainless steel tanks (a total of 15,750 m3) are ready in mid 2011, Westway Terminals will have 46 tanks in Amsterdam of which fourteen are stainless steel. “Compared to carbon steel, these stainless steel tanks are easier to clean,” says Bert van Holst, Operations Director Europe of Westway Terminals. “This is practical and more efficient

Aerial photograph of Westway Terminals

when switching between products. The stainless steel tanks can also be used

distribution function: Combining the

such as blending. The transport of the

to store certain fatty acids that cannot

various goods flows from various

products to and from the terminal is the

be stored in normal steel due to their

continents for later delivery in smaller

responsibility of the client.”

specifications. In short, this expansion

volumes. The tanks also offer clients the

gives us greater volume, more tanks and

possibility to store products temporarily

Pure biodiesel

enhanced flexibility – which is what our

and then deliver them when market

The market in agri-products is reasonably

clients need. We offer tanks with volumes

conditions are more favourable.

stable, according to Westway Terminals.

varying from 290 m3 to 13,430 m3.”

This does not apply to another major In Amsterdam Seaports the globally active

activity of the company: The transport

Sufficient supplies

Westway Terminals is specialised in agri-

and transhipment of methyl esters, which

Independent storage and transhipment

products such as vegetable and animal

is biodiesel in its purest form that is later

companies such as Westway Terminals

oils and fats that are used, for example,

blended with fuel. “The market for methyl

play a stable role in the supply chain of

as raw material in the food and animal

esters is very much on the move,” Van

their clients. The information systems of

fodder sector. Van Holst: “Our business is

Holst concludes. “Much will depend on

the terminal and its clients are closely

all about food safety and quality control.

government policies regarding bio-fuels.”

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This is a complex process in which we can

connections. The terminal has a strong

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Amsterdam Seaports goes biodiesel As part of its plan to become Europe’s most sustainable seaport by 2020, Amsterdam Seaports is currently in the process of acquiring two biodiesel plants: Greenmills and Vesta Biofuels, each with a capacity of 200,000 tons a year.

The Dutch company Simadan is constructing a complex of plants where organic waste, fats and oils will be processed, stored and converted into biodiesel and biogas for the generation of electricity. This project has been given the collective name of Greenmills. Biodiesel to the UK The brand new Biodiesel Amsterdam plant will purify and convert 350 tons of used fats into biodiesel a day in large tanks. With a total capacity of 100,000 m3, the park consists of dozens of round storage tanks and is owned by the storage and transhipment company

View of Vesta Biofuels, scheduled to go into operation in mid-2011

Tankstorage Amsterdam. A bridge with a bundle of pipes links the tank park to

production – to supply their boilers.

Vesta Biofuels expansion

the pier for seagoing vessels. The ship

Orgaworld generates methane gas and

Having started construction of the

carrying the first cargo of biodiesel

electricity from organic waste, and the

factory in February 2010, Vesta Biofuels

departed from this pier in December

residual heat is used for the tank park.

will begin production this summer. The biodiesel plant is currently also working

2010. In the future, Biodiesel Amsterdam will

on an expansion for converting used

Simadan is a holding company that

produce raw materials itself, reducing

cooking oil into biodiesel. “We can

incorporates Biodiesel Amsterdam,

the potential effects of fluctuating

process a wide variety of feedstock,”

Tankstorage Amsterdam, Rotie – a

commodity prices. The company has

project leader Erik Pluimers says. “The

company that collects materials such

already set up a plantation of Jatropha,

used oils, purchased by Vesta from

as organic waste and cooking oil – and

an oily, non-edible subtropical plant, in

animal fat producers, are purified in three

the trading company Noba. These four

Mozambique. “We have now planted


firms share eleven acres in the port with

the first 2,000 hectares, and our goal

Orgaworld under the name Greenmills.

is to ultimately develop 50,000,” Chris

The extension of the plant, which will

“This means that Greenmills is a concept,

Linderman explains. “Dutch Jatropha

cost between eight and ten million euro,

not a company,” Simadan executive

Consortium, which also belongs

will not affect the total refining capacity

director Chris Linderman explains.

to Simadan Holding, now has 237

of Vesta Biofuels, which amounts to

employees in Mozambique. We have

200,000 tons. The capacity of the seven

Self supporting

been working on this for 3.5 years now,

storage tanks will also remain at 42,000

Both the production and storage of oils

and hope to gather the first oil harvest

m3. Erik Pluimers is hoping to begin work

and fats costs a great deal of power. Yet

this year. By 2013 we expect to produce

on the expansion in mid 2012.

the plants get all their energy needs from

sufficient amounts to make it worthwhile

within Greenmills, for instance by using

shipping the crop to Amsterdam Seaports

bio heating oil – a by-product of biodiesel

as a raw material for the biodiesel plant.” Amsterdam Seaports No. 1 2011 21

I nterview Director Richard ter Haak celebrates centennial of Ter Haak Group in 2011

Ongoing growth as a multi-modal business Chief Executive Officer Richard ter Haak is the third generation at the helm of his family business, which will be one hundred years old in 2011. Over the past century the Ter Haak Group has evolved from a local shipping service firm in Amsterdam to a multimodal company with branches around the world.

“The scope of our activities and business

According to Ter Haak, all these plans

units has become ever wider over the

will come into their own once two major

years,” says Richard Ter Haak, CEO of Ter

regional infrastructure projects are

Haak Group since 1985. “We have grown

completed – a planned new motorway

into a truly multi-modal modern company

(‘Westrandweg’) linking the port to

that provides added value logistics for its

the ring road around Amsterdam and

customers.” The Amsterdam entrepreneur

Schiphol Airport, and the second large

expects his business to focus even more on

sea lock in IJmuiden. “The new road will

the international transport chain over the

significantly enhance the connection

next five years. “Who knows, maybe we’ll

between Amsterdam Seaports, Schiphol

even have our own freight trains,” he adds.

and the port of Rotterdam. And the second lock will boost the competitive

Richard ter Haak joined the company

position of Amsterdam Seaports,

in 1975. “I started working in the

especially where container and cruise

container sector in 1978, while we were

ships are concerned.”

still a conventional stevedoring and warehousing company. The sale and rental

The fourth generation

of 20-foot containers proved to be highly

Three generations of the same family

profitable, and that is how our subsidiary

have been at the helm of the Ter Haak

Container Company Amsterdam (CCA) was

Richard ter Haak: “Amsterdam needs to

Group since 1911. “Being a family business


stimulate the shipping of return freight to

has both advantages and drawbacks. One

West Africa”

advantage is the strong involvement of

Importance of West Africa

the owner in the ups and downs of the

A subject close to Ter Haak’s heart is

This is why the Ter Haak Group has teamed

business. But this can also be a weakness,

the importance of line services to West

up with the adjacent Amsterdam Container

since you bring your troubles home at the

Africa for both the Ter Haak Group and

Terminals (ACT) to investigate the potential

end of the day.”

Amsterdam Seaports as a whole. “We

for a joint one-stop shop terminal for

need to support shipping companies by

project cargo with attractive, transparent

Meanwhile, the fourth generation is

providing an optimal service, as we do


slowly gearing up to take charge. “My

through our subsidiary United Stevedores

son Michael has been learning the ropes Meanwhile, the Ter Haak Group is busy

at various departments over the past

enhancing its multi-modal hinterland

four years,” Ter Haak explains. “And since

With this in mind, Ter Haak wishes to

connections, including most recently in

we believe that it is very healthy to look

encourage the shipping of return freight

Veendam in the northern Netherlands and

beyond your own back yard once in a

from Amsterdam to West Africa. “There

in Strasbourg. Although Ter Haak Logistics’

while, Michael is currently in Hong Kong

are plenty of opportunities – in the

new office in Amsterdam has yet to get up

and Shanghai gaining vital international

combination of bulk products such as milk

and running, Ter Haak is convinced that


powder and flour with cocoa products, Ro/

this will happen as soon as the economy

Ro and consumer electronics for instance.”


Amsterdam (USA).”

22 Amsterdam Seaports No. 1 2011

C ranes ZPMC Europe expands in Amsterdam Seaports

Keeping the cranes up ZPMC Europe in Amsterdam Seaports is the Chinese crane manufacturer’s bridgehead in the European market. Since it is crucial for a crane to be reliable, servicing, maintenance and the availability of spare parts are critical. With this in mind, the company has recently started operating a second warehouse in Amsterdam.

“Quality at a low price,” is how Paul Rijbroek, sales manager at ZPMC Europe, explains the strategy that has allowed ZPMC to take the world by storm. All types of cranes – grab, general cargo, offshore or gantry – are increasingly shipped from Shanghai to the four corners of the world. In 2001, Kraanservice Van den Broek and its sister company Crane Parts Europe assisted ZPMC in the development of Amsterdam Container Terminals (ACT). This provided the Chinese company with a permanent foothold in Europe.

Transport of the two 530 ton cranes for MultiServ Holland in IJmuiden

“ZPMC was looking for a service division in Europe and found us,” Rijbroek says.

continually have some 25 to 30 service

Other sectors

“Things moved very quickly after that.”

engineers in the field for maintenance,

The larger the container, the higher,

The two Dutch companies merged in

inspections and repairs, while another

larger and faster the cranes need to

2008 to form the new firm ZPMC Europe,

25 people are based at our full service

be. Automation has its place not just

which now has 75 employees in the ports

branch in Rotterdam.”

at container terminals, but also bulk

of Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

terminals, Rijbroek explains. “The automatic Customisation

positioning of the grip at given coordinates,

Service and maintenance

Through its projects department, ZPMC

and the augmentation of speeds and

“Our activities focus on service and

Europe helps with the construction of

lifting capacities, allow a bulk vessel to be

maintenance,” Rijbroek explains. “We

ZPMC cranes as well as related activities,

unloaded faster. At the same time, crane

provide travelling cranes, hoisting

such as logistics, transportation,

management and maintenance help to

equipment and spare parts, such as

installation, procurement, manpower

reduce turnaround times and prevent or

brakes, wheels and cable pulleys, for all

and communication with customers

shorten crane down time. In addition, cranes

types of cranes. This includes models by

in Europe. “Our Amsterdam base is

are constantly upgraded to become more

current and former crane manufacturers

strategically ideal for servicing all

energy efficient.”

from Europe which we replicate to

of Europe,” Rijbroek says. “And our

The market for port cranes has become

specification in China or elsewhere. And

consultancy department guides and

fairly saturated after the major sales in

although the lifespan of a crane is around

advises European customers in the

recent times. “This means that ZPMC, and by

25 years, moving parts, which are subject

acquisition, engineering and construction

extension ourselves, has started increasing

to wear and tear, require more regular

of cranes, since port cranes are often

our attention on other sectors, including


customised.” ZPMC Europe has, for

large steel structures, wind farms, and

instance, been involved in a new 60-

dredging and anchor vessels,” Rijbroek

“We recently started using a second

ton bulk crane for OBA Bulk Terminal

concludes. “Cranes always have to keep up,

warehouse for our spare parts in the port

Amsterdam, and two cranes of 530 tons

and so do we!”

of Amsterdam, which means we now

for MultiServ Holland, based at Tata Steel

have 3300 pallets at our disposal. And we

in IJmuiden. Amsterdam Seaports No. 1 2011 23

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