Thursday, June 10, 2021

New Strategically Situated Warehouse to Enhance a Variety of Logistics Services

Tri-modal Accessibility for Numerous Import and Export Routes
Shipping News Feature

BELGIUM – P&O Ferrymasters has entered into an agreement with Genk Green Logistics to build a 10,000 m2 state-of-the-art warehouse near the Port of Genk. The companies say the warehouse will be ideally positioned to accommodate the import and export of goods requiring storage for international deep-sea routes and to the United Kingdom via both the English Channel and North Sea.

The inland port and container terminal known as Haven Genk has tri-modal facilities for road, rail and water borne cargoes and the new facility is strategically situated close by in the heart of Flanders’ industrial belt. Genk Green Logistics aims to develop Zone B of the former Ford plant. The building will have modern Warehouse Management Systems and will enhance the P&O brand’s pan-European rail, road and warehousing network at a critical time for international trade and the economic recovery.

The site’s outstanding multimodal transport links, including access to the Albert Canal and direct barging to P&O Ferrymasters’ parent company DP World’s terminal at Antwerp, will facilitate customers’ export of high-value industrial products to consumers throughout Europe and via onward connections to Russia, China and the United States.

To comply with owner DP World’s group wide commitment to sustainability, the warehouse will be constructed on a carbon neutral site and designed to meet the ‘excellent rating’ of BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method). Mark Mulder, P&O Ferrymasters’ Contract Logistics Director, said:

“This new warehouse capacity at Genk is a vital addition to our port-centric logistics strategy and growing pan-European intermodal network. Specifically tailored to meet the evolving requirements of customers, the facility will provide the greater operational flexibility and capacity required to reinforce resilience in crucial, time-sensitive supply chains.

“P&O Ferrymasters’ ongoing development in Genk presents an ideal opportunity for prospective customers which need fast and reliable links to their markets. International trade is changing fast as we emerge from the pandemic and port-centric logistics will benefit the large number of businesses looking to reconfigure their supply chains.”

Photo: An artist’s impression of the new facility