A Truck Every Three Seconds. Antwerp and the Deurganckdok
(Ewald Pironet) The Low Countries - 2006, № 14, pp. 296-298
Ten years ago the decision was taken, and in the Summer of 2005 it was officially opened in the port of Antwerp: the largest tidal dock in the world, the Deurganckdok. Thanks to this dock, large container ships putting into Antwerp no longer have to pass through time-consuming locks. Moreover, the Deurganckdok doubles Antwerp's container-handling capacity . It turns Antwerp into one of the few West European ports which can provide spare capacity for container transhipment for some years to come. The cost of the Deurganckdok: 643 million euros, almost double the original estimate. A beautiful polder village was wiped from the map to make room for it. But that hasn't stopped specialists from making plans for an even larger dock in the port of Antwerp.
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