EBS’s new Warehouse 6 at Laurenshaven is the latest step in its transition from coal to alternative bulk products, with the 126,000 m3 complex bringing its capacity in Rotterdam to 650,000 m3.
Dutch bulk logistics specialist Hudig & Veder has signed a long-term contract for the hire of the largest portion of the storage complex, and provided 25% of the finance for the project.
Hans Lagendijk, managing director of Gans Cargo Operations, part of Hudig & Veder, said: “This strengthens our market position and Rotterdam’s attractiveness as a logistics hub for products including minerals, biomass and calcined pet coke.”
Hudig & Veder’s area divides into 10 x 3,500 m3 compartments and seven 5,000 m3 units, including one with a covered transit to a 20,000 m3 warehouse with moveable internal walls for separate mineral and biomass storage.
Henk Hoepel, manager at Hudig & Veder Bulk BV, said the store area also offers the flexible, clean, dry and contamination-free environment needed for handling high-grade minerals and clay types including bauxite, bentonite and perlite.
“Clients often only use small quantities of these as part of their production processes,” said Hoepel. The Rotterdam-managed stock is forwarded by barge or truck to factory storage areas in Germany, Austria, Belgium and northern France.
An EBS-developed hatch system allows crane operators to open and close the correct part of the warehouse roof, enabling bulk goods to be moved directly from vessel to storage without the need for other transport. Outside canopies allow trucks to load while it is raining.
A new 50t Konecranes Gottwald Model 6 four-rope mobile harbour crane has a calibrated electronic weighing system fitted to a clamshell grab, offering greater efficiency than a barge gauging and draught survey.
Jan de Wit, managing director of EBS, said: “Whereas everything used to revolve around coal, we’re now working at lot with other products, such as minerals, agricultural bulk and biomass.”
However, coal volumes are still forwarded to HES in Laurenshaven and Europoort. Although demand has fallen for energy generation, de Wit added that there is still demand from the steel sector for coking coal.
EBS has plans to increase the depth alongside at Warehouse 6 to 12m, for more covered storage at Laurenshaven, and for work to start at Europoort on a 50,000 m3 “food and feed” warehouse for bulk commodities such as soya flour, corn, wheat and other grains.