Antwerp, Jan. 31, 2023 – Aprojects, an in- ternational logistics service provider with more than 15 years of presence in the port of Antwerp, starts the construction of a new sustainable logistics center next to PSA Breakbulk (quay 410). The collabora- tion between Aprojects, terminal operator PSA Breakbulk and Port of Antwerp-Bruges was symbolically signed this afternoon in the Diamond Lounge of Antwerp’s Bosuil- stadium. The name of the project comes after an internal competition for the employees and will be unveiled when con- structions are finished.
“By building a new logistics platform next to PSA Breakbulk’s terminal, we want to offer a “one-stop-shop logistics concept” for our customers,” said Eric Clonen, CCO at Apro- jects. “Goods and installations from our in- ternational customers, mainly industry play- ers in Europe, continue their journey from Antwerp to new and innovative applicati- ons.” In the near future, the site will be used, among other things, to support the con- struction of petrochemical plants in Port of Antwerp-Bruges. The entire supply chain of the green hydrogen producer PLUG, which is also taking up residence at the NextGen site
in the port of Antwerp, will also be shipped via the new site from Aprojects’ international locations. Components for their European network of green hydrogen production, as well as components for a CO2-neutral trans- port solution called Hyvia, will be supplied from Aprojects’ warehouses in the US and China . This intermodal location allows Apro- jects to benefit from the major assets of the port and the direct connection to European industrial clusters through direct maritime (supply) connections.
Sustainable and multimodal
The new site includes two separate 8,000-square-meter warehouses connected by a canopy of some 4,000 square meters. “Maximum consideration was given to eco- logy and sustainability in the construction and excavation work: bringing in soil via wa- ter saved 150 truckloads, which saved tons of CO2,” said Eric Clonen. “For example, the roof can be fully equipped with solar panels and green areas were also built into the site. For the equipment, we are looking at opti- ons to possibly use hydrogen-powered vehi- cles.” The new Aprojects site can make use of PSA Breakbulk’s heavy lift infrastructure and is also eminently multimodal: on the wa- terfront, a deep-sea quay belonging to PSA Breakbulk guarantees that even the largest cargo ships can be able to dock there, on the
landside, there is a rail link to the hinterland,” says Eric Clonen. “CO2-neutral transport to top European destinations is a priority for us.” The project involves an investment of some 10 million euros. If everything goes according to plan, the new logistics hub will be operational in May 2023.
The Antwerp Connection
Aprojects and the partners behind the con- cept symbolically sign the cooperation today in the Diamond Lounge of Antwerp’s Bosuil- stadium. The location is symbolic. “The idea for this collaboration originated here, among soccer fans,” Eric Clonen knows. The name of the new site will be chosen by the em- ployees and will be unveiled we construction work is completed.