Antwerp Railhouse offers all-weather rail solution

Friday 24 05 2019

Antwerp Railhouse, a covered warehouse with two railway tracks, opened in the Churchill dock at the beginning of May. This investment by Zuidnatie, Conti7 and Edmond Van Dyck & Sons further reinforces Antwerp's position as a breakbulk port. Antwerp Railhouse will also help to increase the share of rail transport in the modal split.

Antwerp Railhouse is located at Quay 472 in the Churchill dock and is 30,000 m² in size. The covered warehouse has two rail spurs and is equipped with a 40-tonne gantry crane. Trains can drive directly inside to be loaded and unloaded in a conditioned environment.
Antwerp Railhouse will mainly handle steel products. With a volume of 8 million tonnes per year, steel accounts for a significant fraction of breakbulk in the port of Antwerp. Since certain steel products cannot tolerate moisture the covered warehouse is a significant advantage. In addition, Antwerp Railhouse will also handle wood, paper and other weather-sensitive products.

Aiming to double the rail freight volume

Port of Antwerp aims to double the volume of freight carried by rail between now and 2030. Antwerp Railhouse can help to reach this objective. Indeed, rail transport plays a crucial role in the future plans for development of the Churchill site. Antwerp Railhouse will assure even smoother connections with existing rail lines and hubs.
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