Belfast Harbour has today revealed details of a £40m investment programme to upgrade its container terminal at Victoria Terminal 3 (VT3) which connects Northern Ireland’s businesses to global markets through the European hub ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp.
Belfast Harbour recently launched its 2035 Strategic Outlook with plans to be the ‘Best Regional Port in the World’ and a ‘Smart Port’ by investing in new technology and enhancing capacity. The first investment announcement on the back of this for VT3 will improve productivity and help customers grow and target new trade opportunities.
The three-year investment programme will see Belfast Harbour invest £28m in ten new cranes and undertake major civil works delivered by local contractor F.P. McCann to reconfigure the 27-acre terminal to increase terminal capacity by around 30% and improve terminal efficiency.
The terminal is operated by Belfast Harbour’s partners, Irish Continental Group (ICG), and currently handles more than 250 sailings annually between Belfast and key Northern European container ports such as Rotterdam, Antwerp and Le Havre, providing local importers and exporters with access to overseas markets.
Michael Robinson, Belfast Harbour’s Port Director, said:
“This investment programme will future-proof the terminal for a generation as well as utilise the most modern technology making Belfast Harbour one of the world leaders through the implementation of Rubber Tyre Gantry remote control and stack automation technology. Long-term, we anticipate that the container market will continue to grow and surpass pre-recession levels and as a port we need to be ready to handle these volumes.” . . . .
. . . . continued ion the Belfast Harbour website