At HES Bulk Terminal Amsterdam, construction began on a multifunctional warehouse for the storage of agri-products. The company calls the development an important step in its sustainability strategy. Where 250,000 tons of coal are currently stored, a modern and flexible warehouse with a capacity of 145,000 cbm is being built. A doubling of capacity and a serious reduction of space for coal.
Cees van Gent (CEO HES International), Koen Overtoom (CEO of Port of Amsterdam) and Jeffrey Touw (Manager Commercial Bouwbedrijf Vrolijk) performed the official act leading up to the construction of the agri-terminal. HES Bulk is expected to occupy the warehouse in July 2024.
The new warehouse consists of 12 divisible compartments, allowing the company to respond efficiently and flexibly to market demand for high-quality covered storage of agri-products going to the feed industry. Because much of the loading is done under cover, the new terminal is less affected by weather conditions. The new warehouse will also have a positive effect on the dust nuisance sometimes experienced in the area.
Modification of the quay
In addition to replacing the two old sheds, the weighing tower will also be replaced by two new ones and the Port of Amsterdam is making adjustments to the quay so that there will soon be more quay meters. This too with a view to the further phasing out of coal at the terminal.
Cees van Gent on the expansion within the company: "HES International has a strong ambition to further diversify its activities by seizing opportunities in the raw materials and energy transition. The HES Bulk Terminal Amsterdam location is a good example of this. The acquisition of IGMA Amsterdam in 2021 and now the construction of this new warehouse fits seamlessly into the strategy aimed at strengthening the Agri & Minerals activities. But also developing new logistics services to support bulk production processes at the terminal. With the construction of this shed, HES Bulk Terminal Amsterdam further strengthens its position as a leading dry bulk terminal in the port of Amsterdam."
Koen Overtoom calls the changes at HES Bulk Terminal an important step toward a future-proof multipurpose terminal and sees a move that is good for HES and for the port as a whole.