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Published: 25 September 2017      

Sugar terminal expansion in Antwerp

Euroports has completed the expansion and improvement of its dedicated sugar terminal in Antwerp.

Euroports said that the work on the TA518 terminal was completed on schedule and just in time for the first delivery trains of the 2017-2018 sugar season.

The improvements to the terminal include:

  • New truck-unloading pits and a railcar-unloading station, designed to ensure that sugar is handled in accordance with the highest safety and quality requirements.
  • State-of-the-art incremental handling equipment.
  • New screening, metal-detection and filtration features on the equipment that help ensure the quality of sugar as it moves through the terminal.
  • The implementation of technology and procedures to help ensure that best practices are deployed throughout the terminal.

The company has expanded the terminal and redesigned parts of the facility. The new truck-unloading pits and the railcar-unloading station have increased the terminal’s outbound capacity, and doubled its inbound capacity.

The capacity of the container-bagging machinery has doubled, and the overall throughput capacity of the terminal is now 635,000 tpa, making it the largest facility of its kind in Europe.

The facility also has an accredited laboratory for quality-control testing, and boasts state-of-the-art IT systems that can, among other things, be used to track products. Together, these improvements mean enhanced safety, higher efficiency, and improved quality.

Charles Menkhorst, group CEO of Euroports, noted: “The expansion and improvements in this terminal are a clear testament to the commitment of our shareholders to Euroports and the sugar industry it serves. Moreover, in view of the strong industry demand, Euroports will be making further investments in its Antwerp sugar terminal, thereby increasing its total capacity by another 20% for the 2018-2019 sugar season.”

Euroports also announced that the sugar terminal, TA518, has been awarded the International Food Standard (IFS) certification by ISACERT, an ISO/IEC 17065 accredited body. The certification recognises excellence in ensuring food safety and the quality of processes and products, and constitutes official recognition of the company’s expertise in handling and storing white sugar for human consumption.

The company’s industry director for sugar, Frank Geldhof, said he is pleased with this recognition of excellence. “We started our IFS journey two years ago,” he said. “The full facility and all working procedures have been reviewed in detail and adjusted, where necessary, to secure a best-in-class approach. We are delighted to have been awarded this important certification, and we will continue to look for ways to enhance the level of services we offer our customers.”

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