Work starts on Antwerp dock
Work has begun on a six billion Belgian franc (about HK$1.38 billion), multi-berth dock at Antwerp port with a capacity to handle up to nine million tonnes of cargo a year, Antwerp Port Authority says.
The Verrebroek Dock project, to be developed in three phases by 2001, will create five kilometres of deep-water quays for non-containerised cargo.
The authority said Antwerp was Europe's biggest port for conventional general cargo, known as breakbulk, which does not include containerised and roll-on/roll-off cargo. Antwerp handled 22.1 million tonnes of breakbulk cargo last year, twice as much as its closest competitor, Rotterdam.