Port of Zeebrugge to receive world's largest car terminal
International Car Operators (ICO) is to substantially expand its car terminal at the port of Zeebrugge. At 300 hectares, the company will then be operating the largest car transshipment business in the world.
Zeebrugge is an important interchange for global car traffic. 2.8 million cars pass through the port every year. Around a third of these vehicles are destined for the United Kingdom. The port of Zeebrugge is a major hub for European imports of Japanese car brands in particular.
ICO, which is owned by the Japanese group NYK, the world's largest car shipping company, is now investing 50 million euros to expand its terminal by 54 hectares. This will enable the business to process sixteen car shipping vessels on the quays at once.
ICO is also planning to work with ENGIE Electrabel to build a wind farm on its premises. Eleven turbines will be used to charge up all the electric cars passing through the terminal. The intention is to provide electricity for around 3 million vehicles per year in the future.