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Port logistics at Gosselin Logistics: smooth sailing guaranteed
As far as port logistics is concerned, Gosselin Logistics keeps growing. The location, infrastructure and necessary investments ensure that as a client, you can continue to benefit from a variety of services and flexible solutions.
(written by KMOinsider)
Own inland terminal
There are plenty of stories to tell about the port logistics at Gosselin Logistics and the major advantages this offers clients. Dirk Van Hoomissen (Business Unit Manager 360° Logistics), Marc Eennaes (Operations Director - Warehouses & Terminal) and Joris Leonaers (Business Unit Manager Industrial Projects - HEAVY) tell us the port logistics story.
With their perfect location on the Albert Canal, these sites have evolved to become what they are today: A meticulously equipped own inland terminal. This is the beating heart of Gosselin Logistics, fully dedicated to multimodal transport.
Ideal location offers a multitude of benefits
Own inland terminal located on the Albert Canal, near Antwerp, but just outside of the port area. A perfect location...
- ...for an official container hub with easy connections to the ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge on the one hand, and to the hinterland on the other.
- ...to focus on sustainable, multimodal solutions that considerably reduce the congestion on the roads in and around Antwerp and provide clients with an enormous amount of flexibility and efficiency.
- ...for offering city logistics when it comes to the major city of Antwerp.
All of the necessary infrastructure for smooth port logistics
An 80-ton mobile crane, the necessary stackers, forklifts and a roll-on/roll-off quay. When it comes to infrastructure, Gosselin Logistics was already well-equipped, but now they can add a second mobile port crane to this list of assets.
The latest port logistics investment, a second mobile port crane was delivered to the terminal in early May as a kit via inland navigation. After it was built and subjected to the necessary tests, it was slated to be operational by June. With a maximum capacity of 125 tons, the new crane will be deployed primarily for containers and breakbulk cargo.
Marc talks about the choice for an additional crane:
“We have more than doubled the volume on the waterway in a span of two to three years, and this continued to rise. With just the one crane, we were able to handle around 80% of the operational capacity. In terms of volume, even though one crane can handle the work, the risk continues to increase and we naturally want to be able to guarantee continuity for our clients. This was why we wanted another crane. Having both cranes operating at 70% capacity is an ideal figure; it makes it possible to justify both cranes financially so it’s not just the risk playing a part. This gives us the room we need to grow.”
Gosselin Logistics is clearly fully equipped to ensure all of the port logistics activities go off without a hitch.
“From containers to breakbulk and large cargo; we can handle the whole range of services here.”
Having your own terminal is definitely relevant for industrial project cargo. Joris tells us more.
“Providing permits for exceptional transport is getting more difficult, and water connections are crucial to this. Additionally, a lot of breakbulk cargo is no longer being transported by traditional breakbulk vessels but on container ships instead. And we are very skilled at stuffing oversized cargo on special equipment such as flat rack containers and open-top containers that we can process at our own terminal.”
In addition to stuffing and stripping, clients can contact Gosselin Logistics with all their questions. Fumigation, lashing and securing, but also storage in the warehouse next to the terminal are just a few of the possibilities.
Continued investments in port logistics
Being able to provide guaranteed continuity, flexibility and certainty for our clients is extremely important to Gosselin Logistics. To make good on these promises, they continue to invest in their own assets. As mentioned previously, the most recent investment was in a second mobile port crane, and in 2020, two new stackers were also purchased. And at the beginning of this year, the former Milcobel site in Schoten was acquired. This expansion means that there is now a total logistics space of 430,500 m² available.
Additionally, there is even one more important reason to continue to invest in the site along the Albert Canal, according to Dirk.
“Sustainability is a topic very close to our hearts, and will be even more important in the years to come. This is naturally also one of the things motivating further investment along this site. We are investing here, but the Albert Canal will also be widened. The importance of this waterway, this connecting route, will only increase.”
Would you also like to enjoy the benefits of Gosselin Logistics’ efforts to offer you the most flexible solutions as a client? If so, please contact us.
About Gosselin Logistics
Gosselin Logistics is a leading provider of logistics services. With activities ranging from shipping, forwarding and warehouse storage to customs formalities Gosselin Logistics can offer its customers a constant supply chain. Heavy-Gosselin is a division of Gosselin Logistics specialized in industrial projects.
Gosselin Logistics is a division of the Gosselin Group that has its headquarters in Antwerp, Belgium. The company was founded in 1930 and employs a staff of 800 that generates more than 270 million Euros in sales.