It is now three years since ETA launched one of the most significant transformation programmes ever seen at a European terminal.
Known as ‘the Masterplan’, it is being backed by an investment of more than €100m over a 5-7 year period. It is a plan that brings together not just new infrastructure, but a new culture and way of working.
It also demands that we maintain, and indeed increase, our service levels. We are therefore rising to the challenges of demolishing, refurbishing and constructing a new ETA – while handling our current workload of more than 6 million tons of product, efficiently, competitively and safely.
- In August 2009 we unveiled four new tanks, each providing 37,500 m³ capacity for highly flammable K1 product. They are truly state-of-the-art, with leakage detection systems, aluminium cone roofs, highly sophisticated internal floating roofs and automated blending nozzles
- Two new vapour recovery units are now in operation. They capture vapours, liquefy them and return them to the tanks
- In August 2011 we will add 75,000 m³ to our capacity as a further four new tanks come on line
- Our Masterplan is equally focused on our people. The transformation calls for a newly energised workforce, motivated and involved
- This includes freeing up operators from routine jobs to actively participate in the scope and design definition of tanks, pump pits, jetty revamp and other projects
- Our Professional Project Management process controls focuses on achieving our goals with zero incidents, within budget, and within scope and time.
A growing future
Meanwhile, we are planning our next move to add to ETA’s existing capacity of 1,394,000 m³. With the Port of Amsterdam’s target to increase throughput by 50% in the next 10 years – these are exciting times for ETA.