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Covering Zeeland’s North Sea Ports of Vlissingen and Ter neuzen


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16 I Decommissioning

Boosting the Industry

Representing the Ports

Head-Start in Decommissioning


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Business Calendar

Henk de Haas - Chairman Zeeland Port Promotion Council

4 BULLETIN News in Brief


Wind Boosts the Offshore Industry


Onion Opportunity for MSP Onions

South America Specialists SDW Shipping

Vopak Celebrates 400-year Anniversary

Ground-Breaking Ceremony

Feyter Forklift Services’ Manager Alex van ‘t Westeinde





Thames Complex for Zeeland


Vlissingen and Terneuzen

About Zeeland PortNews


Representing the Ports

Head-Start in Decommissioning

Razor Clams: A Highly-Prized Delicacy

Cruising Away

Round the Port of Vlissingen


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Zeeland Seaports and the Zeeland Port Promotion Council will be in attendance at various events and trade shows throughout the year. Below is a snapshot of the upcoming events that will be attended or hosted by one or both parties.




Trade mission UK




Offshore Energy Amsterdam

16-17 NOV


Intermodal Europe Rotterdam

Intermodal Europe is the world-leading exhibition and conference for companies associated with the container and intermodal industries, and covers all areas of container, transport and logistics across road, rail and

Joint trade mission to the UK with the port of Ghent with events scheduled in Edinburgh, Immingham and London.

sea. The event provides an invaluable industry forum, bringing together high-

16-18 NOV


Logitrans Istanbul Istanbul




Zeeland Port Reception Middelburg

quality speakers, key industry professionals and global leading exhibitors. Intermodal Europe offers a unique opportunity to discover products and meet suppliers.

Logitrans Istanbul is the leading exhibition for transport logistics in the Eurasian region and connects logistics and supply chain decision makers from Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

8-12 FEB


Fruit Logistica Berlin




Zeeland Seaports will be present at Fruit Logistica at the Zeeland Pavillion.


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Intermodal South America Sao Paulo

24-26 APRIL


Breakbulk Europe Antwerp

Breakbulk Europe is the largest exhibition and educational forum in the world addressing the needs of traditional breakbulk and project cargo logistics professionals.

Leading in Offshore Welcome This issue of PortNews is largely dedicated to the offshore industry, and with good reason. The large variety of companies in and around the Zeeland port area have made the ports of Zeeland leaders in offshore. These companies take care of logistics, construction, repair and maintenance and other areas of service. Traditionally, this has always applied to the oil and gas industry, but more recently offshore wind and decommissioning have become increasingly important. For many decades, companies such as Heerema Fabrication Group have played an important role in offshore, setting records with the construction of mega-size jackets for the oil and gas industry. At the BOW and Verbrugge terminals, there has been a marked increase in the number and size of monopiles and foundations. Each time I visit the port I am impressed by the view of the installation vessels in the Westhofhaven waiting to be loaded with new materials for North Sea wind farms. And being in Zeeland, the vessels very often take the opportunity of calling in at one of the yards for maintenance and/or mobilisation. If you want to learn more about the companies in the Zeeland offshore cluster, please visit the Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference in Amsterdam next month. A large number of Zeeland companies will be present at this important exhibition, either with their own booth or in the Zeeland Seaports Pavilion. The Dutch government has recently granted the Borsele I project to Dong Energy. Dong will build this new offshore wind farm for a record low price of EUR 0,0727 per kWh. For the Zeeland companies, this new wind farm, which is to be built at a short distance from the port area, offers a lot of opportunities, not only during the construction phase, but also when it becomes operational. The windmills will be easily accessible from Zeeland by vessel of helicopter for inspection and maintenance. No doubt, this project, together with Borsele II, will be of great importance to the economy and employment of Zeeland.

So, the future looks bright for the ports of Zeeland. Not only for offshore but also for the port as a whole. Today’s figures show that the port is keeping its head well above water. The first half of 2016 saw the transhipment of more than 16 million tonnes of goods and the financial figures clearly demonstrate the benefits of the collaboration between the Port Company and the companies.

Henk de Haas Chairman, Zeeland Port Promotion Council

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ASD Tugs Make Names for Themselves Two Damen ASD 3212 tugs for Multraship have been named at the port of Terneuzen. The Multratug 29 and Multratug 30 were built at the Damen Song Cam Shipyard in Vietnam, and operate for Multraship as sister vessels to Multratug 19. The 32m tugs, which have a bollard pull of 82t, are notable for their excellent sea-keeping behaviour, superb manoeuvrability and outstanding towing characteristics. The Multratug 29 and Multratug 30 were named respectively by Ms Rita de Ruijter- Ribbens and Ms Els Otten- Muller.

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Maintenance Value Park Billboard Revealed


The next phase of the construction of the Maintenance Value Park (MVP) was cemented with the official billboard unveiling at the end of June. After extensive planning and development, the MVP is now in the realisation phase. This newly developed business area will be situated between the Western Scheldt river and the locks of the Terneuzen port area. With a total of 15 hectares of land available, companies providing services to the region’s process industry will benefit from this excellent location. The billboard was unveiled by representatives from Zeeland Seaports, Dow Chemical, the municipality of Terneuzen and the province of Zeeland.


DONG Energy Wins Tender for Offshore Wind Farms

The Netherlands’ Minister of Economic Affairs has awarded DONG Energy the concession to build the Netherlands’ offshore wind farms Borssele I and II. DONG Energy won the concessions with an average bid strike price, excluding transmission costs of EUR 72.70 per MWh during the first fifteen years of the contract. After that, the wind farms will receive the market price. Only four years ago, DONG Energy set an ambitious 2020 cost target of reaching EUR 100 per MWh over the life-time of a wind farm, the so-called levelised cost of electricity, including transmission costs. This target, which was later adopted by the offshore wind industry, has now been reached. DONG Energy will, in accordance with the Dutch tender regulation, build Borssele I and II within four years from today with a flexibility of one year. The wind farms’ capacity of two times 350MW will translate into supply of CO2-free electricity covering the annual power consumption of approximately one million Dutch households. Country Manager for DONG Energy Netherlands, Jasper Vis, says: “The Dutch government has introduced an ambitious, long-term development plan for offshore wind. The Borssele concessions mark a milestone in the Netherlands’ shift towards green energy, and we look forward to bringing our experience with offshore wind, built up over more than 20 years, to these projects.”

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Borssele I and II will be owned by DONG Energy and have a capacity of 2 x 350MW. Subsidy period of 15 years. The bid strike price will not be adjusted for inflation. Monopile foundations. The wind farms will be located 22km from the coast of the Dutch province of Zeeland with a water depth of 14-38m They will cover an area of 128.3km2 and benefit from an annual average wind speed of 9.5m/s. DONG Energy will, in accordance with the Dutch tender regulation, build Borssele I and II within four years from today with a flexibility of one year. The Dutch offshore grid operator, TenneT, is responsible for construction, operation and ownership of the substations and the export cable.


Ecorys Develops Intermodal Route Planner for East-West Corridor The intermodal route planner will be the first intermodal Intelligent Transport System (ITS) within the European ITS Platform, and has the potential to become an example for existing and future (corridor) projects in this field. The Intermodal route planner will demonstrate how ITS can contribute to the better use of transport corridors, hence realising European policy objectives. The East-West Corridor integrates two European CEF Corridors: the North Sea – Baltic, and North Sea – Mediterranean Corridors. A dedicated intermodal route planner for the East-West Corridor will increase the visibility of

the intermodal transport services on the corridor and stimulate intermodal transport use. Zeeland Seaports offers a one-stop-shop with access to a reliable transport network and a streamlined freight corridor. With several improvement initiatives underway aimed at increasing rail traffic in the region, transhipment opportunities are on the rise, offering an even wider portfolio of efficient and sustainable distribution possibilities. Logistics companies can save costs and reduce their environmental impact by using intermodal transport along the corridor.

Trinseo Breaks Ground in Terneuzen At the end of June, the go-ahead was given for the construction of a new office and research centre for chemical company Trinseo on the new Maintenance Value Park (MVP) industrial estate. This makes Trinseo the first company to construct a new building at the Maintenance Value Park. Trinseo is currently situated on the Dow Chemical site in Terneuzen. At the moment, about 400 people work at Trinseo in Terneuzen, 170 of whom will move their work to the Maintenance Value Park.


Trinseo is a relatively new player in the chemical industry. The company was set up in 2010, when the American investment company Bain Capital took over the worldwide production of styrene from Dow, also located in Terneuzen. Investment company Cordeel/APF wil handle the construction of the new office which Trinseo will rent for fifteen years.

Quantum Leap within the Offshore & Heavy Lift Industry

Holding OOS International Group has signed a fixed contract for the engineering and construction of two new build SemiSubmersible Crane Vessels (SSCV) with China Merchant Industry Holdings (a fully owned subsidiary of the China Merchant Group).

The OOS Serooskerke and OOS Walcheren will be equipped with two heavy lift cranes provided by Huisman Equipment, resulting in a total dual lifting capacity of 4400t per vessel. They can be utilised for the (de) commissioning of subsea structures, foundations, moorings and floating and heavy lift platforms for offshore wind structures in deep water. A total of 600t can be heave compensated installed or removed at 3,000m water depth. The SSCV’s will be equipped with a state-of-the-art enhanced dynamic positioning class 3 system from Kongsberg, who will also supply system switchboards, frequency converters, and all further automation, systems, safety technology and monitoring components. The SSCV’s will conform to the highest class notation for protection of the environment. (Green Passport) and will be powered by STX-MAN diesel engines and Thrustmaster thrusters. The units will provide hotel services for 750 people. These hotel services will be utilised during the preparation work prior to the execution of actual heavy lifting projects.

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Positive Results for Zeeland Seaports

Zeeland Seaports saw a number of positive results in the first half of 2016. Net income was well above budget and cash flow was better than forecast, with the resulting improvement in loan redemption capacity. New economic activity and employment in the port area included the relocation of Shipyard Reimerswaal in Vlissingen, the opening of Vlaeynatie and Plantacote’s new fertiliser terminal, the first phase of the Zeeland Sugar Terminal and the construction of chemical company Trinseo’s new office and European R&D centre in the Maintenance Value Park Terneuzen. New container and rail activities involving Transbox

United, B-Logistics and DB Cargo brought attractive synergies to the port, and more than 16 million t of sea freight was handled with an increase in liquid bulk - the port’s largest segment - of over 20%. Dry bulk and breakbulk showed a decrease of about 10%. Transhipment of metal structures for offshore and offshore wind showed growth, however, and the transhipment of bananas rose again considerably. It was the early closure of the EPZ plant and a decrease in the transhipment of commodities such as sand, fertiliser and cellulose which accounted for the decline in the two segments.

Strategic Master Plan Unveiled Winning Combinations Over the past 50 years, Zeeland Seaports has developed into the third largest seaport in the Netherlands. Today, the ports of Zeeland (Terneuzen and Vlissingen) rank number one in the Netherlands for the storage and transfer of conventional fruit; number one in Europe for the storage and handling of timber, fertilisers, foundations and parts for offshore wind farms and are the global leader for the storage and transfer of non-ferrous metals. The strategic location at the mouth of the Western Scheldt river, deep water draught and excellent hinterland connections all contribute to the success of the companies located in the port area, currently numbering in excess of two hundred. The new strategic master plan entitled ‘Winning Combinations,’ which outlines how to further develop the port area in the upcoming years, has now been offically unveiled.

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New Offshore Wind Business The offshore wind cluster continues to prosper in the Zeeland port area. Recently two announcements were made about new offshore wind related activities. BOW Terminal Vlissingen and Sif Group have recently signed an agreement for renewed cooperation. This relates to the coordination and implementation of both horizontal and vertical transport for all SIF Group projects at their new terminal at Maasvlakte 2 in Rotterdam. For SIF, this renewal derives from the experience and trust that both companies built up during their work together on previous projects at the Terminal in Vlissingen. For BOW Terminal, this latest cooperation provides the opportunity to develop, alongside the logistical services for SIF, their own activities in Rotterdam. Ludolf Reijntjes, Managing Director of BOW Terminal, also sees many opportunities. “The fact that SIF Group has chosen BOW is something we see as a real testament to the good service provided in the past. We will ensure that the new collaboration will be a success.”

Good news also came from Verbrugge Terminals. In order to be able to expand their offshore wind activities, the Zeeland based company signed a lease contract with Zeeland Seaports for an additional 20ha of land in the port of Vlissingen. Both activities will lead to further strengthening of the position of the ports of Vlissingen and Terneuzen in the offshore industry.


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Zeeland, A Major Player Wind Boosts the Offshore Industry For decades, offshore has been an important industry in and around the ports of Zeeland, and looking at recent developments in the offshore wind industry it is evident that this is not going to change.

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in this growing industry. Initially, the activities were limited to logistics, focussing on the handling of turbine monopiles and foundations, but activities soon expanded as various companies stepped into the market wishing to profit from this booming business. Now it looks like the port area has arrived at a new phase in the offshore wind market, as, at a stone’s throw from the port, one of the biggest offshore wind farms in Europe is going to be constructed: Borssele I and II. The first phase of this project was recently granted to Dong Energy, who won the tender with a recordbreaking price of EUR 0.73 per KWh. The port is ideally located, not just for the construction of the farm, but also for future O&M activities, so all hands are on deck to make the Dong project a Zeeland project. Another promising part of the industry is the decommissioning of oil and gas installations in the North Sea. Although oil and gas producers try to postpone decommissioning for as long as possible, within the next ten to fifteen years a large number of platforms and installations in the North Sea area will need to be removed because they have reached the end of their technical life. Various companies in Zeeland already play a role in current decommissioning projects and the Zeeland port area is ready for future dismantling activities.

Winning Combinations

In Zeeland, a broad range of companies are active in the oil, gas and wind industry covering logistics, construction, repair, maintenance, (de) mobilisation and other (maritime) services. Because of the experience gained throughout the years in these various activities, the Zeeland port area has grown into a major player in the field. It is not just this broad range of experience that makes the difference; the strategic location of the port, close to the existing and future North Sea oil, gas and wind locations and with excellent multimodal connections to the hinterland, is of great importance too.

Market Leader in Growing Industry

Due to its diversity, the cluster is flexible and capable of adjusting to changing circumstances. Proof of this is the successful move Zeeland has made towards offshore wind. Within five years, the port has become the market leader

Of course the companies in and around the port area, with their knowledge, experience and dedicated workforce, are responsible for the success in the offshore industry, but port company Zeeland Seaports also has a role in this. It endeavours to find new companies wishing to establish themselves in the harbour as well as facilitating existing businesses with expansion plans, bringing in new customers and cargo flows. For this the new strategic master plan ‘Winning Combinations’ serves as the foundation for the Port Company’s success, together with the companies located in the port, resulting in a win-win scenario for all parties. Cooperation is key and Zeeland Seaports plays an active role in directing and developing this cooperation. The focus of the strategy is on growth in five segments; project cargo (offshore wind, oil and gas) being one of these. The companies within this offshore segment will strengthen each other by delivering optimal services, by innovation and by making use of each other’s knowledge, products, and waste streams. Zeeland Seaports is stimulating this process by, for example, ensuring good infrastructure in and around the port, promoting the port internationally and creating goodwill for the port in the Zeeland community. Recent success stories, such as the 30-plus offshore wind projects successfully being taken care of in the Zeeland port area, show that the winning offshore combination is paying off for the Port Company as well as the industry. Zeeland PortNews I 11

OFFSHORE ENERGY Zeeland Seaports Pavilion

Offshore Energy 2016 Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference

(OEEC) is the Dutch offshore energy event focussing on the complete offshore energy industry, from oil & gas to wind and marine energy. Founded in 2008, OEEC has been breaking records year after year. The annual event will be held on 25 and 26 October 2016 in the Europe Complex of the Amsterdam RAI. A fascinating group of business leaders, buyers, investors, engineers and other interested parties within the offshore energy sector will get the opportunity to meet each other in three large halls at the

Booth: 1.188

Zeeland Seaports encompasses two ports: the port of Vlissingen and the port of Terneuzen. Together, they make up a port area with a strategic location in North-West Europe. This port area has excellent access to the Western Scheldt estuary which, in turn, offers open access to the North Sea and is extremely close to international navigational routes. The maximum draught of 16.5m means that even the largest vessels can access the port. The port area is home to some 200 companies which are active in industry, logistics and maritime services. Together, they are responsible for roughly 18% of the total employment in the province of Zeeland. Expansion means that this percentage will continue to increase. The ports which make up Zeeland Seaports offer room to grow.

Exhibitors at the Zeelands Seaports Pavilion: BOW Terminal Constructiebedrijf Hillebrand Multraship Towage & Salvage Overlasko Konstruktie Sagro Schelde Exotech Shipyard De Schroef Shipyard Reimerswaal

Supermaritime Nederland Total Wind Benelux VDS Staal- & Machinebouw Verbrugge Terminals Verspaning Sas van Gent Zeeland Airport

Amsterdam RAI, totaling an area of more than 26,000m2. This provides a good platform to network and to create new


Booth 1.188

business opportunities. Find the Zeeland Seaports Pavilion at booth 1.188. I. WWW.OFFSHORE-ENERGY.BIZ

Offshore Energy 2016 expectations: PHOTO COURTESY OF AEROLIN

• Number of exhibitors > 650 • Number of visitors > 11,500 • Number of delegates > 1,200 • Exhibitors, visitors and conference delegates

representing over 86 nationalities

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Terneuzen-based towage and salvage provider Multraship is continuing to expand its involvement and expertise in the renewable offshore energy sector, in addition to its traditional salvage, harbour and sea towage services. It is currently working on several windfarm construction projects, including the Nordergründe, Wikinger and Race Bank projects, and is ideally placed to expand still further its involvement in this rapidly developing area. Its work in the offshore energy sector also includes North Sea rig moves for oil majors. Multraship’s large fleet of modern anchor-handling tugs and support vessels means it is ideally equipped to perform in a variety of harbour, at-sea and offshore roles.


Overlasko Konstruktie The Entire Process in One Hand – Heavy and special constructions, that is the specialisation of Overlasko Konstruktie. They are experts in machining, reshaping, constructing and all other related operations in various types of steel. Overlasko is a supplier for both manufacturing and overhauls in the offshore, construction and machine engineering sectors. This may involve (anchor) winches, deck equipment or crane constructions. From engineering, cutting and rolling to assembly, coating, testing and transport, Overlasko manages the entire production process. This means that they are not dependent on other parties and you can be certain that your product will be delivered on time. Overlasko works in accordance with the regulations of DNV, ABS, BS, Lloyd’s, Lloyd’s Rules for Mobile Offshore. Units, Stoomwezen, AWS, NORSOK, BV, EEMUA 158 and EN. Their family-run company was founded in 1972 under the name Machinefabriek Lewedorp and became Overlasko Konstruktie in 1993. Over the years they have focused increasingly on special products, such as the manufacture of pipes from high quality steel.

Shipyard Reimerswaal

Booth: 1.188 Founded in 1985, Shipyard Reimerswaal is specialised in repairs and refits of seagoing vessels of all types. Dredgers, tankers and general cargo ships as well as tugs, offshore vessels and large fishing vessels find their way to Hansweert, close to the north banks of the Western Scheldt river, in between Vlissingen and Antwerpen. In spring 2017 they will open new facilities in the Port of Vlissingen (Sloehaven) where they will be able to handle larger ships due to a water depth of at least 9.5m at low tide. Construction has already started. They will have a 350m-long repair berth and two floating docks; one of 110m x 18m and one of 120m x 22m.

Schelde Exotech

Booth: 1.188

Overlay Welding and Pressure Vessels for Oil & Gas – For many years Schelde Exotech has been a specialist in welding exotic materials like titanium, aluminium, stainless steel and high-alloys. Working for various industries, such as oil & gas, nuclear, chemical & petro chemical, defence and scientific institutes, they have gained considerable experience in fabricating pressure vessels and equipment using these materials. Since 2012, overlay welding of specialty forgings has been one of the exceptional welding processes executed by Schelde Exotech. In 2017, the portfolio of Schelde Exotech will be extended with forged ID-cladding. Well-known clients are: FMC, Technip, Cameron, Total, Shell, etc.

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OFFSHORE ENERGY Verspaning Sas van Gent

Booth: 1.188

Verspaning Sas van Gent is the ideal partner in machining processes with dimensions X = 13.000, Y= 4.200mm, Z= 1.500mm and Ă˜ 4.200mm. The company is specialised in big and special parts. Together with Machinefabriek Sas van Gent, they offer complete services, such as machining, piping, construction, eg certified welding NEN(EN2871/1) and ASME pressure vessels according to PED. Because they have certified materials in stock and highly skilled and certified personnel, they can offer quick service and high quality. More info at or visit them in Hall 1, stand 1.188.

BOW Terminal

Booth: 1.188 BOW Terminal is located in the Port of Vlissingen and excellently situated by the North Sea. The Terminal has a surface of 25 ha and a heavy load quay length of 525m. An extra 1,400m is available for lay-by and mobilisation activities. The Terminal is perfect for offshore, wind and heavy lift related projects. Besides the heavy lift terminal in Vlissingen, BOW Terminal has recently signed an agreement with SIF Group for the coordination and implementation of both horizontal and vertical transport for all projects at the new terminal on the Maasvlakte II in Rotterdam. This also provides the opportunity to develop its own activities in Rotterdam, alongside the logistical services for SIF.

Offshore Industry Offshore Industry (OSI) magazine is one of the leading publications for the international offshore industry. OSI has built a strong reputation for providing the latest news, informative editorials, rich photography and high-quality production, and has a broad readership including operators, contractors, engineers and managers. For anyone active in the offshore industry worldwide, OSI is a must-read! In addition to the magazine, Offshore Industry has a digital edition, creating wider coverage, which can be accessed through its dedicated website www. OSI is a magazine of Yellow & Finch Publishers. This Netherlands-based, full-service printing and publishing company is geared to the maritime world. Through their international team of journalists, sales professionals and top-notch designers they turn out a trendsetting portfolio of independent magazines and editorial services. 14 I Zeeland PortNews

Booth: 2.000 - A

OFFSHORE ENERGY Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen

Booth: 1.072

Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen is within easy reach of the major North Sea shipping routes and is in the centre of the ARA port area. Being directly accessible, with an entrance width of 500m, almost any size and type of ship can enter the harbour at any state of the tide. The yard has three well-equipped drydocks, consisting of one standard, one covered (with two overhead cranes; total lifting capacity 300t) and one floating dock. Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen can dock vessels of up to 240m in length and with a beam of 36m. The yard has all the necessary equipment, from tools to cranes and transport facilities, enabling it to execute even the most challenging repairs. Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen focuses on all types of seagoing vessels and offshore installations, whether they are container carriers, pipe laying vessels, LNG carriers, seismic vessels, dredging vessels, offshore installations or indeed any other floating object. Also large fishing vessels and navy vessels regularly visit the yard. Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen is almost unique in having permission to dock tankers in non-gas-free or inert condition.

Vroon Offshore Services and MPI

Booth: 11.062B MPI Offshore and Vroon Offshore Services (VOS) are proud to be among the industry’s most experienced partners in delivering offshore construction projects. Over the last decade, MPI and VOS have partnered leading developers and utility companies, ensuring efficient delivery of their offshore developments – safely and on schedule. Whether it’s a jackup installation vessel, walk-to-work vessel, OSV, PSV or CTV you need, they have the fleet to meet your needs, the people to deliver and the determination to succeed. MPI and VOS can also offer you a range of services and bespoke engineering solutions to overcome challenges in the offshore installation industry.

Verbrugge Terminals

Booth: 1.188

Verbrugge Terminals is a leading logistics service provider offering three large deep sea project cargo terminals in the ports of Vlissingen and Zeebrugge. Verbrugge has gained extensive experience in handling large scale offshore projects employing highly motivated and qualified operators. The two Vlissingen terminals, as well as the Zeebrugge terminal are located in the economic centre of Northwest Europe, right on the North Sea coast. They offer a heavy duty quay length of more than 4km, 231 ha of terminal area and 78 ha of warehousing space. All the above, in combination with large expansion potential and a full range of services, makes Verbrugge Terminals an ideal partner for logistic needs to offshore projects.

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Head-Start Zeeland Seaports in Decommissioning Survey Underlines Favourable Position

In the last decade Zeeland Seaports, comprising the ports of Vlissingen and Terneuzen, has developed into a one-stop-shop for the offshore industry. Oil and gas storage facilities, construction, conversion and repair facilities and ship dismantling facilities have been present in the port area for decades. In the previous 5-10 years the offshore wind industry has shown a substantial growth in Zeeland leading to a top ranking in the North Sea area and now the Zeeland port area is targeting the relatively new market for the decommissioning of offshore oil and gas installations.

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The much-needed offshore industry cluster with experienced companies is present in the port area.

The oil and gas installations built in the North Sea in the 1970s and 1980s are reaching the end of their technical lifespan and need to be removed when they are no longer in operation. For the time being, not much has happened as the oil companies are preferring to postpone decommissioning now that the oil prices are low. Still, it is evident that no matter how or when, decommissioning will generate a lot of work and value, and the companies in Zeeland are prepared for their share in this.

Competitive Advantages

Zeeland Seaports has a number of competitive advantages in comparison to other Dutch or British ports. First of all, Vlissingen’s geographical location is excellent. The port is located close to the platforms that are earmarked for decommissioning in the central and southern North Sea. Secondly, barges and heavy lift vessels can enter the ports without restriction or obstruction and there is plenty of space available for storage and processing. Thirdly, the much-needed offshore industry cluster with experienced companies able to take care of dismantling and recycling in a proper manner is present in the port area. To learn more about the potential of the market and to get to know the position of Zeeland Seaports compared to other locations in the North Sea area, the Port Company supported a survey conducted by Atlantic Marine & Offshore. The reason why this Rotterdam-based company initiated this study was the lack of fundamental, pertinent and practical studies clearly demonstrating the market potential and providing the technical requirements for receiving offshore installations and their subsequent dismantling and recycling. On the basis of market potential, the survey sets general standards and infrastructural requirements for dismantling facilities to recycle platforms in a safe and environmentally-sound manner.

One Million Tonnes of Steel


The survey shows that 245 of the 1,415 platforms present in the North Sea are earmarked for removal within the next five years. These platforms equal one million tonnes of steel or 200,000t of steel per annum. For processing this amount of steel it is estimated that eight processing facilities are needed. After a spike around 2020, the market will level off after 2025. When considering the size of the installations, the market can be divided into three segments; 70% are small installations up to 8,000t; 25% are mid-size installations between 8,000 and 32,000t; 5% are large installations of 32,000t and over. This means that facilities that can handle 8,000t platforms are able to serve most (70%) of the market.


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Evaluation of the results of the survey show the port of Vlissingen to be ahead of the other ports.


Reverse Engineering

The size of the dismantling facility depends not only on its processing capacity; the capacity of the hinterland to take care of the waste streams is also relevant, as this determines the necessary storage area for platforms and waste materials at the facility. The bigger the capacity of the hinterland, the smaller the storage capacity needed in the port. Taking into account the fact that lifting capacity was limited to 3,000t at the time of installation, it can be deduced that a great number of the larger platforms were built in modules. These platforms will most probably be removed on the basis of reverse engineering. Draught will therefore not be an important criterion for dismantling facilities, as the larger North Sea barges have a draught of only 6m and the draught of monohull heavy lift vessels is limited to 11m.

Documented Evidence

Liability issues are all that matter to oil companies; they realise that if something goes wrong they will be blamed as it is their name on the platform. Therefore, it is important that documented evidence is provided by the dismantling facilities to prove that the entire platform has been safely dismantled and all waste streams processed and disposed of in an environmentally-sound way. The foregoing emphasises the need for the early involvement of trustworthy dismantling facilities in the decommissioning process, as the oil companies themselves have limited expertise in dismantling and recycling. According to the survey, oil companies are more likely to make use of dismantling facilities in remote, more or less isolated locations like the Shetlands and Norway. However, there are a number of disadvantages here: waste products must be stored for prolonged periods of time as there are no licensed processing facilities in the vicinity of the 18 I Zeeland PortNews

dismantling facility, so stockpiling becomes necessary until sufficient volume makes transportation economically viable. This is not without risk, as the liability of the oil companies becomes extended over time. Therefore, a mature hinterland is preferred that is capable of processing all kinds of waste streams immediately after dismantling.

Port of Vlissingen is Ahead

Taking the above-mentioned observations into account, a number of ports around the North Sea qualify as dismantling facilities. Most relevant are the ports in the southwest of the Netherlands and in the southeast of the UK. These ports are close to most of the North Sea platforms, they have sufficient draught and heavy lift vessels can easily enter the ports. Offshore industry clusters in both the Dutch and the UK ports are well-developed and companies are present with expertise and experience in the dismantling and recycling of installations in an economic and environmentally-friendly way. Evaluating the results of the survey, the port of Vlissingen is ahead of the other Dutch and UK ports with a maximum draught of 16.5m and with sufficient manoeuvring space for at least 70% of the market. Atlantic Marine & Offshore is now investigating a method that also allows deep draught vessels (semi-subs) to visit Vlissingen and to drop off even the larger platforms. A positive result will mean that the port of Vlissingen will be able to maximise its potential for receiving platforms for decommissioning. The port of Rotterdam already has facilities for dismantling smaller platforms, but lacks a facility for mid to large-scale installations. Space is available at Maasvlakte 2, but investing solely in a large-scale facility is not without risk. There are too few large-scale installations and it is not known when they have to be dismantled. Therefore, in order to develop a profitable offshore cluster at Maasvlakte 2, Rotterdam is first aiming at other offshore activities such as offshore wind, taking decommissioning

DECOMMISSIONING into account for investments in infrastructure. The ports in the southeast of the UK are close to the smaller installations in the southern part of the North Sea, but they have serious draught problems making continuous dredging necessary, which in turn leads to recurrent expenditure.

Suitable Business Case

The Zeeland ports share the advantages of both the Rotterdam and UK ports but lack their disadvantages. The ports have the proper infrastructure and ample room available for new decommissioning activities. It is therefore much easier for the Port Company to make a suitable business case for decommissioning when investments become necessary. Apart from this, having experienced companies to hand makes Zeeland Seaports a reliable partner with whom the oil and gas companies can complete the decommissioning process in a transparent, economic and environmentally-friendly way.

• Close to the North Sea oil and gas installations • Draught is sufficient (16.5m) • Waste management network • Matured offshore industry cluster of existing

companies with relevant experience and know-how

• Excellent transport network to hinterland • Room for storage and handling


So all lights are green for the Zeeland port area to extend their offshore cluster with decommissioning activities, thus further strengthening its leading role in the offshore market.

Why Zeeland Seaports is Excellent for Decommissioning


About Atlantic Marine & Offshore (AMO) Atlantic Marine & Offshore, founded in 2003 in Rotterdam, is a service provider in the maritime and offshore oil and gas industry. The company focuses on ship management, vessel construction & project management, ship recycling & decommissioning and the development of new concepts and projects. Examples of the latter are the

development of a complete coast guard organisation and the supply of six ships for the Somali government. For the dismantling of platforms, AMO works closely with Scheepssloperij Nederland (SNN) and HAPO International Barges using the name SSN Decom. I. WWW.ATLANTICMO.COM

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Thames Complex for Zeeland

Hoondert Services and Decommissioning to Dismantle Multiple Platforms Zeeland Seaports is an acknowledged location for the decommissioning of ships and offshore installations. A dedicated offshore cluster of experienced companies is taking care of all aspects of dismantling and recycling. The processing of the Thames Complex by Hoondert Services and Decommissioning (HSD) shows a recent proof of the possibilities the port has for this type of complicated project. Thames gas field production officially ended in 2014 after a period of 25 years. Now, decommissioning of the Thames Alpha Complex is part of one of the most extensive programmes in the North Sea area. Owner Perenco has granted the decommissioning of the Alpha Complex to a joint venture formed by Boskalis and Scaldis (Thames Joint Venture, TJV). The Complex consists of three bridge-connected platforms: the wellhead platform, the processing platform and the riser platform. The scope of work comprises the removal of the topsides, the jackets and a template, with a total weight of almost 14,000t. The first component, the riser platform, arrived in Vlissingen mid-July. The wellhead platform and the processing platform will 20 I Zeeland PortNews

follow soon. It is not without reason that TJV chose Vlissingen-based HSD to take care of the dismantling and recycling of the installations.

Follow the Circumstances

HSD has built up a long track record of successful decommissioning projects dealing with ships, shipwrecks and offshore installations, and according to CEO Jan Hoondert, the challenge provided by every project results in the acquisition of new knowledge and experience. “No decommissioning project is the same, whether it concerns a ship or an offshore installation, and each new, challenging circumstance gives our company a chance to learn. Of course, this newly-gained knowledge is useful for getting new assignments,” he says. Ever since the start of the company as a service provider for agricultural companies 70 years ago, Hoondert has always changed its perspective in keeping with the changing circumstances in the province of Zeeland. “In the relatively small province of Zeeland we had to learn to be flexible. When agriculture became a smaller market in Zeeland, we focussed our efforts on the industrial market. And when a number of big industrial companies disappeared, we switched over to port-related activities. Working in a variety of markets gives us the chance to create a huge amount of technical know-how and skills.”


Other companies in the Hoondert Group are: • Construction Contractors and Crane Rental

J. Hoondert & Zn. BV

• Hoondert Industrial Services BV • Martens Port Waste Reception Facility BV


• Transport Ships and Cleaning BV

All photos courtesy of Hoondert Services & Decommissioning

• Martignoni Slop Disposal BV

Multidisciplinary Projects

HSD is part of the Hoondert Group. The Hoondert Group comprises a number of companies with each company being specialised in its own discipline. Thanks to the intensive collaboration within the group, Hoondert is able to conduct major multidisciplinary projects in an efficient and flexible manner. “Throughout the years we have been able to build up a staff of highly-trained and qualified people. In our business, we have to deal with production peaks and we can absorb these peaks within our own staff, thus guaranteeing quality in the service we provide to our customers,” says Mr Hoondert.

• Kamps Jet and Industrial Painting

Contractors BV

This is a big advantage for Hoondert in the offshore decommissioning market. “Rules and regulations for dismantling and recycling offshore installations are very strict as large amounts of potentially hazardous, contaminated materials are involved. This requires a lot of paperwork to describe exactly what we are doing, but it also calls for a great deal of responsibility and know-how from our people,” adds Mr Hoondert. Mr Hoondert hesitates when asked for a market prediction. “Everyone is talking these days about decommissioning as being a market with high potential and big money to be made. But so far things are going very slowly. The oil companies are waiting for better times thus postponing removal of installations as long as possible. Decommissioning projects take a long period of preparation and current projects like the Thames Alpha Complex were already planned and started before the oil and gas prices dropped.” No matter how, with its strategic location, its offshore cluster and its competitive pricing, Zeeland is ahead of the other North Sea ports and ready for things to come. MANUAL CUTTING OF A JACKET STRUCTURE.


Offshore Energy 2016 - Hoondert Services & Decommissioning

Booth 1.179

Hoondert Services & Decommissioning BV is focussing on the following North Sea related activities:

• • • • • •

Dismantling and recycling of ships, shipwrecks and offshore installations Refurbishment of offshore installations Transportation, loading, assembly and storage of maritime structures Support of maritime, offshore and wind energy projects Support and storage for maritime emergencies Ship cleaning & maritime waste

They operate their yard in Vlissingen with direct and unrestricted access to the North Sea. The yard is well equipped with heavy lift capacity and optimised to be a multipurpose land sea interface. Zeeland PortNews I 21


Onion Opportunity The determination and drive of Zeeland–based MSP Onions is paying off. And the family–owned company, specialised in the sorting and packaging of onions, is showing no sign of slowing down. Through their strategic location and growing opportunities, MSP is creating a global village right in the province of Zeeland.

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Location, Location, Location

When it comes to the export of onions, transportation is key. The advantage to MSP’s location is one that rings true for many companies in the booming province. And the list does not end there. “Primarily, the mentality of the employees in this region is a benefit. Ultimately, the employees are the engine that run our organisation. Furthermore, it is a great advantage for us that Zeeland has such a strong agricultural position. As a handler and exporter, being so close to the product is ideal,” states Commercial Manager Lindert Moerdijk. MSP stands for Moerdijk Sorting and Packing station and was founded in 1951. The company is known for its integrity and remains competitive through applying an Integrated Supply Chain Management approach. Additionally, MSP is a company that invests in long-term solutions and is committed to a sustainability policy. “Hard work is necessary for us, but working efficiently is a tradition,” states Mr Moerdijk. Over the past decade, MSP has experienced an organisational change as well as a shift in focus. Previously, MSP provided agencies with product for export; that notion is now a thing of the past and the emphasis has evolved to focus on direct export. Since organisational changes in 2010, MSP today has an extensive customer portfolio from all over the world, distributing to approximately 60-70 different countries. “The onion market is based on customer needs and satisfying the worldwide onion shortage”, states Mr Moerdijk.

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“We work on continuous quality improvement in order to change the world into a global village. The better the quality, the greater the opportunities to supply the world.””

Regional Objectives

In recent years, MSP has supported the framework for future containerisation activities in the region. Reefer containers are a big deciding factor for shipping companies when it comes to future initiatives. “Cargo is king in this trade,” states Mr Moerdijk. “As a company we are the grower, packer and exporter, which gives us a key position within the market. The strategic position of the port of Vlissingen offers a unique opportunity to expand together. I believe in the context of regional cooperation there is a still a lot that can be achieved. The region will reap the benefits of the increase in efficiency of an excellently functioning container terminal in the port. Exporting companies in Zeeland can strengthen their position through combined shipping activities. There is nowhere else in the Netherlands where a production area is located this close to the port!”” The logistic opportunities for MSP Onions in the region include incoming and outgoing products. Output from the port of Vlissingen provides exceptional opportunities for MSP. A lot of conventional reefer ships already use the port and for 90% of the reefer containers. There is a solution by barge or directly on a container service. The barge concept


provides MSP with a great advantage, allowing all containers in the port of Vlissingen to be handled and returned. This saves 5000kg Co2 on a weekly basis, without congestion or waiting times at the terminal, with very quick handling per container. “With one truck we can now return 12 containers per day to Vlissingen. Previously this was being done with 3 trucks to Antwerp,” Mr Moerdijk explains.

Coupling Capabilities

According to Mr Moerdijk, Port Company Zeeland Seaports focuses to a large degree on containerisation as well as the interests of the province. Through regularly discussing opportunities, both parties are able to facilitate the expansion of the region. “The goal to create a stable container hub where several feeders come to discharge and load, together with the coupling of import and export within this context, is a key factor to the success of the port and surrounding businesses.” And there are also additional factors that Mr Moerdijk believes would have a positive impact on the region. “The pace at which the port of Vlissingen operates means that one truck can transport about 3 times as many containers per day. I would like to see a major transporter targeting Vlissingen. This would result in an enormous growth in the number of containers, leading to shipping companies calling at the port. We handle our own transport and therefore speak from experience. A call from a shipping company is an excellent opportunity for Zeeland to further strengthen itself in comparison to the rest of the Netherlands.” I. WWW.MSP-ONIONS.NL

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South America Specialists SDW Shipping “We Came to Vlissingen Once and Never Left�

SDW was founded more than 5 years ago when Erwin de Witt was approached by a trading company to be in charge of transport. This allowed the trading company to focus on the sale of goods intended for export to South America. Originally, third party suppliers were responsible for transport, but as commodities and volumes quickly increased, these suppliers were unable to keep up.

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“Therefore, as of 2012, we began to fully charter ships ourselves,” states Mr De Witt. To begin with, this was primarily reefer vessels, but after a few years the potential was recognised not only to better utilise the shipments but also minimise risk with different types of shipments. At that stage, Norbert Brummelkamp was approached and invited to join the company. “I slept on it for one night only before making up my mind,” states Mr Brummelkamp. With his arrival came the entity and separate division called SDW Projects which books the shipments at SDW Shipping, and both parties are positive about the unified approach the company maintains. The current team of six is based in The Hague and forms a dedicated team of employees that allows for short, streamlined lines of communication. The communication element doesn’t end there, however. Both Mr Brummelkamp and Mr De Witt speak Spanish and recognise that although the world is becoming increasingly international, possessing an understanding of the local language can be a clear advantage. This is put to good use in their office in Bolivia and with their partner in Chile, locations which ensure a fixed presence on both sides of the ocean. “From a shipping perspective, The Hague is perhaps not the obvious choice, but it does allow us to say without hesitation that we are one of the biggest shipping companies in the Hague! In any case, the leading specialist for South America.” While competitors focus on the management of ships, SDW Shipping fully-charters vessels, which can call at any port en route, both in Europe and South America. Their activities include the transport of break bulk, rolling material, new and used trucks and machinery project cargo such as heavy lifts, and additional cargo including IMO.

Best Fit

SDW Shipping attributes one of the key elements to their success to their flexibility. “We use a variety of ships depending on the best fit for the cargo,” states Mr De Witt. “Our direct service, with a limited number of discharge ports and fast transit time, is ideal for shipping IMO cargo. As well as being specialists in the South American market, SDW Shipping can also claim IMO cargo as their area of expertise. “We are one of the few companies that can always include IMO goods in our shipments. A lot of shipping companies choose not to handle IMO cargo due to the formalities and the adjustments to shipping schedules that this type of shipment requires. For example, shipments for the military include restrictions regarding which ports the vessels can call at before final

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delivery.” The transport of IMO cargo with container shipments could mean calling at fifteen ports – which involves formalities, customs and maybe even having the fire department on standby at each call. This is one of the reasons why, for shipping companies calling at numerous ports, the transport of IMO cargo can be challenging. The fact that SDW have limited loading and discharging ports and operate a direct line is a clear advantage.



“With a set shipping schedule it can be difficult to be flexible and cater for clients requesting a tailored solution,” states Mr Brummelkamp. “Our approach is always ‘client-centric’ with short lines of communication. We are very involved in fulfilling the service expectations that our clients have of us through our in-house local knowledge and not being dependent on third parties.” Three years ago, armed with the option of altering the shipping schedule and building customised solutions, SDW set down the footprint for further growth. This resulted in the addition of fixed loading ports in Uddevalla in Sweden and Bilboa, Spain. The future will see a focus on these new additions. “Primarily we receive requests for tailor-made solutions for project cargo – a week earlier or a week later – and our approach complements these requests perfectly,” says Mr Brummelkamp.

Zeeland Connection

The step to start using the port of Vlissingen was actually a coincidence. “The first time we chartered a ship it was docked in Vlissingen. We brought the trucks

which needed to be transported to Vlissingen. I had experience with transports from the ports of Zeebrugge, Antwerp and Rotterdam – but I noticed very quickly the difference in mentality and accessibility in Vlissingen. The fact that, as a new party, you were valued in the port of Vlissingen went a long way. We were not merely a number or one of the crowd and felt that the port was willing to go the extra mile for us.” Working together with stevedoring and cargo handler Supermaritime and their agent, Flushing Shipping Agencies, the relationship with Vlissingen has always been a positive one. And the port of Vlissingen will remain a key fixture on SDW’s schedule. “We immediately felt welcome in Vlissingen. Perhaps this was due to the impression that Vlissingen, compared to Rotterdam or the Belgian ports, is a small port –which in fact it is not. Ultimately, we came to Vlissingen once and we never left,” states Mr De Witt.


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Storage Tradition Vopak Celebrates 400-year Anniversary

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Vopak, the international provider of independent tank storage services, began 2016 with a year-long anniversary celebration. With a history spanning 400 years and a focus on sustainability, Vopak prides itself on the safe, efficient and clean storage and handling of bulk liquids and gases. Products and gases for that are vital to the economy and daily life, ranging from oil, chemicals, gases and LNG to biofuels and vegetable oils.



Global Grasp

Vopak’s history dates back to 1616, beginning with the storage and handling of coffee, tea, cocoa, sugar, silk, spices and other products from all over the world for trading companies such as the East India Company, the world’s first multinational company. Since that time, much has changed. Dry bulk gave way to liquid bulk and the company grew, eventually establishing an impressive presence on every continent. Although a constantly evolving organisation, some things have remained unchanged, such as the storage and handling of products for multiple customers.Vopak consists of a global network of terminals located at strategic locations along major trade routes. Determining the best locations for terminals requires a long-term vision of global geoeconomic developments, while constantly changing product flows demand flexibility and short-term action in day-to-day terminal operation.

Vlissingen Terminal

As a terminal for storage and handling of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and chemical gases, Vopak’s terminal at Vlissingen is conveniently located in deep water with good hinterland connections by water, rail and road. It has become the world’s largest independent LPG and chemical gases facility, with a total storage capacity of 168,900cbm, offering an excellent position for northern Europe. The Vlissingen terminal, with over 30 years of experience in gas storage, boasts not only potential for expansions but also expertise. Vopak Vlissingen experienced a 28% growth last year and witnessed the construction of six new tanks at the terminal, which expanded its capacity by 36,800cbm of pressurised storage. The expansion was achieved due to a growth in the market for propane, butane (LPG) 32 I Zeeland PortNews

and other liquefied chemical gases. LPG is often used as a fuel (vehicles and heating) and as feedstock for the chemical industry, while the other chemical gases are used for products in the rubber industry (tyres) and plastics (fibre, packaging). The port of Vlissingen is ideally positioned for gas storage and the increased capacity of Vopak’s terminal confirms their commitment to both Vlissingen and the gas market. Officially referred to as mounded bullets, Vopak’s new cylindrical-shaped tanks were built in Spain before being buried in the sand bed. The tanks were transported from Spain to Vlissingen by sea, which posed a great logistical challenge as the three longest tanks measure 97 metres in length with a diameter of over 10 metres and weigh 1,100 tonnes each. The cylindrical bullets, probably the largest in Europe and the longest in the world, were mounted and covered by a protective ground layer, which is considered to be the safest form for pressurised storage. In addition to the new tanks, new product pipelines were added along with a new automation system for all tanks.

Growing Market

Listening and understanding the needs of their customers has undeniably been a key factor in Vopak’s long history and success. As customers were looking for new products and new transportation channels, this clearly corresponded with the ambition of Vopak’s Vlissingen terminal to expand and work more efficiently. Clearly defined customer requirements were the basis for the project and provincial and port authorities actively supported the development. A combined project team, comprised of both Vopak and contractor staff, was the foundation for the successful completion of this project. The collaboration with Zeeland Seaports is very



positive. “Communication is open and there is consistent cooperation and a collaborative approach,” states Vlissingen Terminal Manager, Ian ter Haar. With regard to transportation, according to Ter Haar “We see a growing demand from our customers for rail. It is a vital element in their logistics chain. We would like to see continued investments in infrastructure, in particular in the rail network. LPG supply is expected to increase due to increased quantities from oil and gas production and the ban on flaring. There is also a growing need for lighter feedstock’s for the petrochemical industry. An increase in the demand for chemical gas storage is driven by production expansion in Europe and a global imbalance in certain chemical gases. As a result, there is a growing interest and market commitment for additional pressurised storage capacity. Vopak Terminal Vlissingen is well-positioned to handle these additional flows, and continues to be the leading LPG and chemical gases hub of Northwest Europe.

Vopak Vlissingen Specifications: Capacity




Tank types

Mounded bullets, Refrigerated tanks, Sphere

Tank size

3,370 to 55,000cbm


Barge, Rail, Truck, Vessel



Berths for barges 2 Berths for vessels 2 Products

Liquefied gas, LPG, Chemical Gases


Chilling, Transhipment Services

(Ship-Ship, Ship-rail), Nitrogen purging


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Ground-Breaking Ceremony Relocation of Shipyard Reimerswaal


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The ground-breaking ceremony for the new Shipyard Reimerswaal in Vlissingen took place on 17 June, with Carla Schönknecht, delegate of the Province of Zeeland, ceremoniously driving the first pile into the ground. The yard has outgrown its current location in Hansweert and by moving to the port of Vlissingen, it can continue to grow resulting in a positive effect on employment in the region. The construction period of the yard will take about 300 days. The new yard will be built on the old Zalco factory site. The new wharf can welcome ships with much greater depths (9m) than the old location in Hansweert. Ms Schönknecht said the Province is delighted with the shipyard’s re-location and praised the efforts of all concerned to keep the yard in Zeeland. The maintenance and repair yard can now expand operations, providing permanent employment for the region’s manufacturing industry. CEO Jan Lagasse mentioned that with the arrival of the shipyard, the international position of the maritime and offshore maintenance cluster in Zeeland is further strengthened. The new state-ofthe-art site will include a maritime quay with a length of approximately 300m and a 355m-long runway. In addition, two docks, one 108m and the other 120m, will be moved from Hansweert to Vlissingen. The former pontoon and access bridge of the Olau Line terminal will be reused for accessing the docks in Vlissingen. The scaffolding of the former ferry service will be dismantled for reuse at the shipyard. I:WWW.SWREIMERSWAAL.COM




Feyter Forklift Services is experiencing an impressive growth in the Heavy Lift Division located in the port of Vlissingen. ALEX VAN ’T WESTEINDE, MANAGER FEYTER FORKLIFT SERVICES

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Split Success - A portfolio of quality machines with a known history translates into transparency towards our clients Feyter Forklift Services’ Heavy Division is thriving. Perhaps one of the most influencing factors of the current success is the transition made last year to create a Heavy Division with headquarters in the port of Vlissingen and a Light Division with its headquarters in Terneuzen. In 2015, this decision was made to create two divisions within Feyter Forklift Services. This was a natural progression due to the strategic location of one department in the port of Vlissingen and the positioning of the Terneuzen site among the logistic, food and chemical industry. “This division split has not only allowed us to tailor our service package and experience success with regard to future opportunities, but also to refine the skill-set of our technical engineers and have specialists on hand for each machine,” says Mr Van ‘t Westeinde.

Global Stretch

As one of the few companies in the Netherlands that has the capacity to lease and rent on such a large scale and which enjoys the flexibility of not needing to have them in perpetual operation, Feyter Forklift Services found that the logical continuation of their services was export. According to Mr Van ‘t Westeinde, “We can rent a machine for one day, up to several years, which provides a flexible and comfortable position. We continuously invest in new machinery to ensure that our portfolio is modern and competitive. Not one of the machines in our lease fleet is older than five years and we don’t want it to be. Firstly, due to the accompanying maintenance expenses and secondly as they then become attractive for export to emerging countries in the Middle East and South America.

Zeeland PortNews speaks with Manager Alex van ‘t Westeinde who attributes the company’s success to a number of different factors.

The focus of these regions is on the purchase of used machines. The lease and rental market in these regions is very limited, but we are currently seeing some market development in Cuba. As Cuba is our supply point for the rest of South America, we expect that the lease and rental market will expand into South America as well in the coming years. The shift to other countries and emerging markets is imminent. Feyter Forklift Services distributes a worldwide newsletter as well as a stock-list with an accompanying specialised website. This, in addition to their solid network and reputable image, ensures that the foundation for future growth is set. “Our clients recognise the value of our machines and the integrity we apply to our operations. In the long run the investment they are making is more secure through choosing a reliable source,” states Mr Van ‘t Westeinde. The CEO and owner of Feyter Forklift Services, Eric Van ‘t Westeinde is based in Barcelona and manages the sale, lease and rental of new machines and machines originating from Vlissingen to various ports in Spain. It is also the direct link to Cuba where we also have distributorships and a position as market leader. The Middle East and Northern Europe are the responsibility of Alex van ‘t Westeinde. “Although the competition in Europe is fierce, we try to differentiate ourselves through the quality of our machines. We know the history of the machines as they have been with us since first delivery. Having a portfolio of quality machines with a known history is advantageous as it means transparency regarding the maintenance records as well as hours in operation, which allows us to offer the best advice to current and potential customers.”

Widespread Transparency

Transparency is also something that is applied internally. Out of 45 technicians, 15 are specialised technicians on site in the Heavy Division. Each mechanic is appointed to a specific machine where he can execute his particular finesse. “Our company culture is very open and we value the technicians that we have. We make sure that we communicate the direction in which we are heading, especially during peak periods when our mechanics are logging a lot of overtime hours. It is our responsibility to be transparent as it is ultimately the technicians who execute the work in their specialised fields making them the backbone of our entire organisation and the foundation for continued expansion worldwide,” states Mr Van ‘t Westeinde. I. WWW.FEYTER.COM/FORKLIFT

Feyter Group

Founded in 1959, De Feijter began as a one-man company that is today known as the Feyter Group, subdivided into three divisions: Industrial Services, Forklift Services and Civil Engineering. Forklift Services focuses on forklifts, telehandlers, container handling machines, port equipment, warehouse machines and warehouse fixtures. With branches in Terneuzen, Vlissingen, Ghent, and over 30 fullyequipped service vehicles. Feyter Forklift Services guarantees quality care for your equipment. In addition to activities in the Netherlands and Belgium, Feyter Forklift Services expanded into Spain in 2010 with the establishment of Feyter Iberia. In 2014, they expanded into Germany with the founding of Feyter Gabelstapler, with niche products like articulated forklifts.

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Cruising Away At Record Pace

Zeeland Cruise Port is one of the most strategically situated harbours in Northwestern Europe, which makes it an ideal cruise hub for scenic cruises. This August, two of the most luxurious cruise ships moored at the port of Vlissingen. First up was the 177.70m MS Albatros, a 20,018 GRT cruise ship operated by the German-based travel agency Phoenix Reisen. On the same day the 206.5m Seven Seas Voyager, 42,363 GRT, from Regent Seven Seas Cruises entered the cruise port. Even in today’s economic climate, the global cruise travel is continuing to grow and evolve at a record pace. In 2016, 24 million passengers are expected to cruise worldwide. I.WWW.ZEELANDCRUISEPORT.COM






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Round the Port of Vlissingen

Every Friday in July and August, Zeeland Seaports, in cooperation with the Zeeuws Maritime MuZEEum and shipping company Denick, organised a boat trip round the port of Vlissingen, the third largest port of the Netherlands. As a tourist attraction, the harbour is a great success, with some 1,500 tourists climbing on board in the summer months. The aim is to gradually increase the number of customers for these harbour trips to 2,000 in two months. The trips took about 2.5 hours, taking the passengers over the Western Scheldt and into the Port of Vlissingen, an area normally out of bounds to tourist vessels. During the trips, the guide gave a detailed account of the industries which operate in the Port of Vlissingen, such as Kloosterboer, Zeeland Refinery and Verbrugge Terminals. For years, Zeeland Seaports organised round trips in collaboration with the Tourist Information Office (‘VVV’ in Dutch). Since the start of this season, they have been partnered with the Vlissingen MuZEEum. If you took part in one of the round trips, you can visit the MuZEEum free of charge up to the end of this calendar year. A visit to the Kazematten is also included (up to the end of October).



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Razor Clams: A Highly-Prized Delicacy Best Quality Local Produce Schouwen-Duiveland, in the province of Zeeland, is a district in the Netherlands offering a wealth of authentic local products harvested from both the land and the sea. All the produce from this area is of exceptional quality, but there are a couple of things right at the top of the list when it comes to culinary delights. Zeeland already has a great reputation for its mussels, oysters and lobster. Now, however, the delicious razor clam can be added to this impressive collection - a delicacy which has, until now, been much undervalued. Razor clams, or Ensis (after the genus), are thus named for their sharp outer edge which can cause injury if stepped on and also because of their shape, which is similar to an old-fashioned cutthroat razor. However, these unusual shellfish enjoy a variety of nicknames and are often referred to as jack-knives or bendies; in Scotland, the way razor clams dig into the sand and send out spouts of water has earned them the engaging name of ‘spoots’. The razor clam’s strong foot and digging method has been used as the blue-print for a type of anchor for securing undersea cables and, potentially, water vessels.

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The most common habitat of the razor clam is a clean, exposed stretch of sand, where their presence can be identified by the key-shaped breathing hole they create. When disturbed, they can dig far faster than a human being, making it impossible to extract them. Pouring salt into their breathing hole makes them rise up to the surface, making it easier to pull them out of the sand. Once harvested, they can be rinsed and cooked according to personal preference – a fresh, healthy and a delectable razor clam treat.






Aage Hempel B.V.


Acces World (Vlissingen) B.V.

Accountants- en Adviesgroep Rijkse

Actief Werkt! Middelburg

Adriaanse & van der Weel Advocaten

Aerssens & Partners

Amadore Hotels & Restaurants


Boogaard Advocaten

Bouwgroep Peters B.V.

BOW Terminal

C.T.O.B. Transport & Logistics

CdMR/ Cobelfret B.V.

Century Aluminum Vlissingen B.V.

Cordeel Nederland B.V.

C-Port B.V.

Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen

DB Schenker

De Hoop Terneuzen B.V.

De Pooter Personeelsdiensten

De Ruyter Training & Consultancy

De Zeeuwse Alliantie Notarissen

Delta Lloyd Verzekeringen

Delta Safe Security Services B.V.

DOW Benelux B.V.

DRV Accountants & Adviseurs






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Ergo Services

Euro-Mit Staal B.V.

Fabricom B.V.

Flexibility Zeeland

Flushing Shipping Agencies

Fraanje Aannemingsbedrijf B.V.

Golden Tulip L ‘Escaut


Haskoning DHV Nederland B.V.

Havenwerk B.V.

Henk Kramer Communicatie

Heros Sluiskil B.V.

Howzat Relocations

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I.B.S. B.V.

ICL-IP Terneuzen B.V.

ING Business Banking

Interlashing B.V.

Istimewa Elektro

Justion Advocaten

Katoen Natie Westerschelde B.V.

Kloosterboer Vlissingen V.O.F.

Koch adviesgroep Ingenieurs & Architecten

Koolwijk Shipstores B.V.

KVA International

KWS Infra/Aquavia

Labojuice B.V.


Liftal Hijstechniek

Loodswezen Regio Scheldemonden

LTT Holland B.V.

Mammoet Nederland B.V.

Maritiem & Logistiek College de Ruyter

Mourik Vlissingen B.V.

Multraship Towage & Salvage

Municipality of Middelburg

Municipality of Terneuzen

Municipality of Vlissingen

Montagebedrijf Terneuzen

Nelis BV

Nouvall Engineering Services

N.V. Economische Impuls Zeeland

N.V. Westerscheldetunnel

Oiltanking Terneuzen B.V.

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Ovet B.V.

Pfauth Logistics B.V.


Rabobank Oosterschelde

Rabobank Walcheren-Noord Beveland

Rabobank Zeeuws-Vlaanderen

R.G.R. Shipping & Forwarding B.V.

S5 Agency World

Sagro Aannemingsmij. Zeeland B.V.

Saybolt Nederland B.V.

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SDW Shipping


Sealake Terminal B.V.

Secil Cement

SGS Nederland B.V.

Shipyard Reimerswaal

Shutdown Control

Suez Recycling & Recovery Netherlands

Sweco Nederland B.V.

S.T.T. B.V. / Z.M.C. B.V.

Sorteerbedrijf Vlissingen B.V.

Spie-Controlec Engineering B.V.

Supermaritime Nederland B.V.

Swagemakers Transport B.V.

Tanido B.V. Sworn Marine Surveyors

Tempo-Team Uitzendbureau B.V.

Terneuzen Powder Technologies B.V.

TMS Terneuzen B.V.

URS Nederland NV

Van Ameyde Marine Vlissingen

Van Jole B.V.

Van Keulen Transport B.V.

Verenigde Bootlieden B.V.

Verex Douane Service






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Vlissingse Bootliedenwacht B.V.

Vopak Agencies Terneuzen B.V.

Vroon B.V.

Wielemaker B.V.

Yellow & Finch Publishers

Zeeland Bunkering

Zeeland Refinery

Zeeland Seaports

Zuidgeest Uitzendbureau

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Zeeland Seaports, your best choice! Compared with other ports the agile and entrepreneurial Zeeland Seaports offer a competitive advantage. direct access to open sea competitive and attractive tariffs and land prices reliable and easy to do business with available land located directly on deep water flexible and attractive service & quality oriented companies lack of congestion which enables shorter cycle times and faster delivery time to customers multimodal hinterland connections through road, railway, (inland-) waterways dedicated terminals for handling specific types of goods a brand range of services via a highly skilled workforce

Seaborne cargo by segment

Seaborne cargo by product group

containers/flats dry bulk general cargo liquid bulk roll-on/roll-off


Inland waterways

Main roads

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agricultural products food products other solid fuels oil and oilproducts ores and metalresidue metals and semi-finished products minerals and building materials fertilizers chemical products other goods Railways



Ireland • Hull Groningen



Warsaw Hannover


Vlissingen Terneuzen



Amsterdam • Tilbury

• Hamburg

Emmerich Duisburg

Tilburg • Antwerp Venlo




• Le Havre


Frankfurt Metz

Mannhein Karlsruhe

• Paris

• Stuttgart Strasbourg •

Vienna • Munich


Basel •


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North Africa

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• Middelburg

Lewedorp • • Nieuw- en Sint Joosland

Bijleveldhaven Westhofhaven

• Oost-Souburg

Quarleshaven Sloehaven

• Vlissingen

Van Citterskanaal

• Ritthem

• Nieuwdorp

Scaldiahaven ’s-Heerenhoek •

Buitenhaven Van Cittershaven


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Vlissingen • Sloehaven: Suitable for alI kinds of transshipment including LPG and chemical bulk 920 metres of quay. • Bijleveldhaven: 1,980 metres of quay. North bank is 300 metres long. • Westhofhaven: 475 metres of quay. Can accommodate largest reefer vessels. East side jetty for discharging peat and general cargo quay. • Kaloothaven: 1,130 metres of quay. Two jetties on south bank, one for inland barges. • Scaldiahaven: Over 1,700 metres of quay. South side used handling and storage of cellulose and metals. Transverse quay is 250 metres long. • Van Citterskanaal/haven: Six jetties for inland vessels and coasters. 0n south bank, 275 metres. 0n north bank, 200 metres. Quay: 230 metres and 220 metres. • Quarleshaven: Extension of Sloehaven to NNE, 315 metres of quay. Set of two mooring buoys on east bank with a span of 320 metres. • Zeeland Refinery Pier: Located on Westernscheldt River. Accommodates tankers up to 100,000 dwt with maximum LOA of 280 metres. • Buitenhaven: Located outside lock system with direct access to sea, 300 metres of quay. Northern basin has area for coasters and Iighters. Vesta also operates an oil jetty for tankers.

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Zeeland Refinery Pier

Western Scheldt Braakmanhaven

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Noorderkanaalhaven Zuiderkanaalhaven Massagoedhaven

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Zijkanaal B

• Zuiderkanaalhaven: North quay: 225 metres; South quay: 230 metres.

Zijkanaal D

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• Massagoedhaven: 978 metres. Autrichehaven

• Zevenaarhaven: North quay: 421 metres and 555 metres; South quay: 259 metres. Sas van Gent •

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Braakmanhaven is part of Port of Terneuzen, located directly on Western ScheIdt with no locks. Four berths for seagoing vesseIs and three berths for inland vessels.

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