On Monday 26 September, Herbosch-Kiere is starting the construction of a 220-metre long quay wall in the port of Ghent. Thanks to the new quay, the arrival of scrap metal and the departure of slag from the blast furnaces of ArcelorMittal Ghent will also be able to take place on water. This investment in new port infrastructure contributes to more sustainable transport by seagoing ships and inland vessels. Ghent Port Company has earmarked EUR 7.2 million for this new quay wall on the Ghent-Terneuzen canal. ArcelorMittal Ghent is investing EUR 0.6 million. What’s more, the quay can also be used by other companies. 

The first phase of the work is the pile-driving of over 2,000 tonnes of steel sheet piles and the dredging of 3,000 m³ of earth to 8 metres water depth. The anchoring of the sheet piles is being carried out by means of laid anchors some 30 metres long. 50,000 m³ of material will be used to fill the space between the existing bank and the new quay wall. The capping of the new quay wall will be concreted to below the water line. In the final phase, the upper construction of the quay wall will be carried out. In addition, tube piles will be installed in front of the quay to serve as mooring infrastructure for ships. Finally, the roads behind the quay will be completed.

A whole year of construction

The new 220-metre long quay wall along the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal will be constructed on the south side of the current quay wall at ArcelorMittal Ghent. The quay wall protrudes 40 metres into the water, although this still keeps it out of the fairway on the Canal. The total surface area of the adjacent concrete floor surface on the wharf is 8,800 m². In front of the quay wall, dredging activities will be carried out to a water depth of 8 metres. At a later stage this can be increased to 10 metres. The scrap metal shipped to the port is used in the production of steel, while blast furnace slag is used for the production of cement. Steel slag is used for marine construction works or for the sustainable hardening of car parks, roads, paths and driveways.

The first ships will be able to moor at the end of September 2017.