Two container terminals at the Port of Antwerp will collaborate with Antwerp Terminal Services (ATS) to construct three underground storage tanks in an effort to recycle rainwater.
PSA Antwerp (PSAA) and MSC PSA European Terminal (MPET) will work with AST on the tanks, which will have a total capacity of 240,000 litres of rainwater and are expected to conserve up to 3m litres of water annually.
General manager of ATS, Francis De Ruytter, said the water will be used to clean terminal equipment: “Currently, about 3 million litres of potable water are required every year to clean and maintain all the port equipment – mainly straddle carriers.
“When the new storage tanks are completed, we expect to be able to perform all cleanings using only collected rainwater.”
Once used for washing, the water will be sent for purification before being discharged back into the environment as clean water.
The tanks will be located at the MPET, Europa and Nordzee terminals and the €300,000 (US$353,000) cost will be split by the three terminals.
Construction of the tanks is expected to be completed by the first half of 2018.