On Friday 12 October 2018, the BF Cartagena entered ATO for the first time in a new Antwerp-Hull link.
For ATO, this is the first link in the strategy to develop as a shortsea HUB.
Antwerp has a huge potential of cargo on the shortsea market and this is currently often shipped via other ports.
Due to the perfect tri-modal links offered by ATO, Samskip expects to be able to grow in the short term to additional services at the UK and other European ports.
ATO is investing 10 million euros in a new gate, 80,000 m² extra yard and an extension of the quay with 700 meters.
The ATO terminal has two strong shareholders: on the one hand Boortmalt, which has the largest malting plant in the world on the site and generates more than 30,000 TEU annually, on the other hand Van Moer Logistics who takes care of the operation with the remaining 50% and is responsible for the intermodal links with the terminal.