The MV YEOMAN BONTRUP, one of the world’s largest self-unloading bulk carriers, docked in Antwerp this month.
Antwerp Stone Terminal unloaded 93,000t of stone aggregate in 24 hours. According to the Port of Antwerp Authority, the fact that the Kieldrecht Lock is capable of accommodating vessels of a suitable draught is what makes such large volumes possible.
The cargo is destined to be used in the production of high-quality asphalt. This particular load of stone aggregate from Norway will be used in the construction of the new Oosterweel Link, among other things.
Bontrup, the group behind the Antwerp Stone Terminal, has been active in the Port of Antwerp since 2002. The company imports stone aggregate from quarries in Scotland and Norway, which is then processed into different sizes at Antwerp Stone Terminal. After that, it is transported by inland navigation vessel to Germany or the Netherlands or by coaster to the United Kingdom.
The group, which operates quarries in Norway, terminals in Antwerp, Amsterdam and London and vessels owned by the company itself, chooses to make use of sustainable modes of transport by seagoing vessel, inland navigation vessel or coaster, thereby eliminating 3,000 trucks from the road. The company also said it uses energy-neutral breaking processes in its quarries.