Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam (ECT) is building the future

EUR 300 million modernisation programme aims the handling of ever-larger ships and the delivery of increasingly higher productivity levels

Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam (ECT) is building the future


To be able to meet the future expectations of its customers a major modernisation programme is underway at the ECT Delta terminal in Rotterdam port. In recent years, new equipment has already been commissioned, new systems have been introduced and the organisation was further developed. The entire modernisation programme involves an investment of more than EUR 300 million.

This programme also includes improving the infrastructure. The AGV-area of a part of the Southside of the ECT Delta terminal – the area between quay and stack – has been in non-stop operation for more than 20 years. Over the years, several repairs have been performed, the last of which took place last September. However, it recently became apparent that this is insufficient; a major refurbishment is inevitable in the short term and can no longer be postponed. The work will be performed partly in 2018 and partly in 2019.

In order to maintain sufficient capacity, it was decided to implement the renovation in three phases. Work will be performed during the following periods: March-June 2018 (phase 1), August-November 2018 (phase 2) and March-June 2019 (phase 3).

During the renovation periods each time a segment of about 500 meters of quay length will be renovated. “This means that intensive use will have to be made of the ECT Delta terminal and the ECT Euromax terminal in order to handle the vessels (deepsea, feeder and barge). Accurate and efficient planning is required. This puts pressure on the deployment of people and resources, both on the water side and on the land side”, Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam releases.