Ghent plans dedicated UK Ro-Ro hub

4 September 2019

Turkish logistics company Ekol Logistics and the Belgian groupage firm Transuniverse Forwarding are together building a 40-hectare multimodal site at Kluizendok in Ghent, part of North Sea Port.

Because the containers and trailers heading for the United Kingdom will be moved by ship, Ekol Logistics and Transuniverse are also building a roll-on, roll-off (Ro-Ro) terminal building on the site.

Transuniverse chairman Frank Adins said that the terminal will be operated by a third party with negotiations already underway. It is expected that the new transhipment building will be operational by the end of 2021.

The growth opportunities for cargo transhipment between Ghent and the UK are considerable, Mr Adins pointed out, with Brexit likely to cause major congestion in the Channel ports.

“This will create opportunities to organise transport by ship to more northerly ports in the United Kingdom, in conjunction with rail connections to and from the European hinterland,” he suggested.

Daan Schalck, CEO of North Sea Port, said that the developments are very much in line with its objectives as the port aims to further develop Kluizendok as a multimodal logistics hub.

Currently, Transuniverse handles around 100 trucks and intermodal containers per week in Ghent.

Once the new facilities at Kluizendok are completed, the company forecasts a doubling in capacity within five years. Every week, 20 Ekol trains will depart from the railway terminal in North Sea Port, linking the port to the European hinterland.

The terminal will tranship two million tons of goods.