HES Hartel Tank Terminal

The HES Hartel Tank Terminal on the Hartelstrook in the port of Rotterdam is a tank terminal in development. Parent company HES International is developing this tank terminal for the storage and transhipment of oil products and biofuels on the Hartelstrook, on the south side of the Mississippihaven on the Maasvlakte.

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.

The internationally operating energy company BP - owner of a large refinery in Rotterdam - has committed itself to the project, including plans for pipeline connections between this refinery and the terminal. 52 tanks will be realised on the 27-hectare site, with a 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.


The Port of Rotterdam Authority started the construction of the quay in the first quarter of 2018. In addition to a deep-sea quay wall with a length of 1,200 metres and a connection of the new quay to the existing quay, a quay wall over a length of 1,000 metres will also be constructed for inland vessels. In addition, a 350-metre jetty with 4 berths will be constructed, dredging and earthworks will take place and bank and soil protection will be implemented. The necessary permits / licences have been obtained for all these activities.

HES has started the construction work.

Artist impression, april 2018

Project website of HES Hartel Tank Terminal

Detailed information about the HES Hartel Tank Terminal (HHTT), such as up-to-date planning, explanation of the phasing of activities, reports of meetings, frequently asked questions and various permit applications can be found on the special project website.

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