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Zeebrugge (Flanders) also to become e-car shipping hub

Zeebrugge is already the most significant port in the world for the handling of light vehicles. But thanks to major investments made by car transshipment provider ICO (Japan), the port is also set to become a major e-car shipping hub.

Car terminal at the Port of Zeebrugge

Located on the northeastern coast of Flanders, the Port of Zeebrugge provides smooth connections to all continents and the European hinterland. With a freight volume of 2.8 million cars a year, the port has grown to become the world’s most prominent when it comes to vehicle shipment. In the near future, this will also apply for e-cars.

ICO’s (eco)investments

Because of Zeebrugge’s role as the world’s largest car-handling port, Japanese car transshipment provider International Car Operators (ICO) decided to invest EUR 60 million in its local site. The investments will fund a new head office, the expansion of the main car terminal -which now has a surface area of 300 hectares- and the development of a wind farm.

Preparing for the e-car

The sustainable energy produced by the 11 turbines at this wind farm will be used to power the electric charging posts ICO is currently building. Electric cars are expected to constitute one-third of the cars passing through the company’s car terminal by 2025.

“The need to reduce CO2 emissions is higher than ever. We want to play an active role in building sustainable solutions,” explains CEO Marc Adriansens.

More info

International Car Operators (ICO) Port of Zeebrugge
Reported by
De Standaard newspaper
21 September 2018

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