HES Hartel Tank Terminal

Development continues on the Hartelstrook in the port of Rotterdam: the site of the future HES Hartel Tank Terminal. Parent company HES International is developing this tank terminal for the storage and transhipment of oil products and biofuels on the southern end of the Maasvlakte’s Mississippihaven port basin.

The quay, which was constructed by the Port of Rotterdam Authority, can accommodate sea-going vessels in a range of sizes, including the VLCC (Very Large Crude Carrier) class. Nine berths for inland shipping were realised in Hudsonhaven. The terminal satisfies the very latest technological standards when it comes to permit requirements, environmental regulations and safety.

Time-lapse of the construction of the Hes Hartel Tank Terminal

Source: HES International B.V.

The international energy company BP – owner of a large refinery in Rotterdam – has committed itself to the project, which includes plans for the realisation of pipeline connections between the refinery and the terminal. A total of 52 tanks are currently being realised on the 27-hectare site, with a combined storage capacity of around 1.3 million m³.

Vision of the Port of Rotterdam Authority for this development

“HES International B.V.'s investment fits in with the trend that major international players see Rotterdam as a strategic location and therefore invest and concentrate their activities here. This pleases us, since this concentration of activities ensures greater efficiency and therefore a smaller footprint. At the same time, it strengthens Rotterdam's competitive position”, says Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority. “This new terminal fits in with our strategy to continue to support and renew the existing sectors in our port during the energy transition, as well as to develop new industry.”

The combined investments in the terminal and the nautical infrastructure amount to several hundred million euros. The development of the HES Hartel Tank Terminal is good for direct and indirect employment, during construction as well as during operation. Several hundred people will be involved in the construction of the terminal. After commissioning, the terminal will be operational 24/7 and will employ around 100 people.

Commissioning schedule for the terminal

The Port of Rotterdam Authority started constructing the quay in the first quarter of 2018. In addition to a deep-sea quay wall with a length of 1,200 m and a connection between the new quay and the existing quay, plans also included a 1,000-m quay wall for inland vessels. Contractors have also constructed a 350-m jetty with 4 berths and implemented various measures to protect the local banks and soil. The Port Authority completed the quays and jetty in December 2019. Once HES has rounded off work on the terminal, it will be taken into operation in late 2021.

A deep-sea quay wall of 1,200 metres has been constructed at HES Hartel Tank Terminal. The timelapse shows the completion of the upper structure of a section of quay.

HES Hartel Tank Terminal project website

Detailed information about the HES Hartel Tank Terminal (HHTT), as well as an explanation of the different project phases can be found on a special website dedicated to this project.

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