With more than 80 million tons of merchandise transported annually, transport and logistics is a vital activity for the chemical industries. Today, nearly 75% of transport in the chemical and life sciences industry is by means of environment-friendly modes of transport: pipelines; and rail, river and sea transport. The chemical and life sciences industry is consequently making a positive contribution to mobility and has adopted a proactive approach to reducing its environmental impact.
TRANSPORT & LOGISTICS
Pipelines: an essential mode of transport
Pipelines offer solutions to mobility problems and are a reliable, low pollution and sustainable means of transport. They possess the great advantage of generating virtually zero negative externality. Transport via pipelines is also recommended for the transport of hazardous goods as it can be regarded as safer than road and rail transport.
With almost 30 million tons of products transported annually, pipelines are of strategic importance as they help correct the structural disadvantages of European industry. They also provide the continuous supply of energy and raw materials.
Rail: a potential to be exploited
Realizing the full potential of the rail
Rail is a very safe and sustainable means of transport and is also suitable for relatively small volumes per destination via single wagon transport (i.e. transport of individual wagonloads to different destinations) which is key to the chemical industry.
A broader, more cost-effective and more efficient freight transport by rail is needed to raise the competitiveness of the sector.
Convinced of the development potential linked to the rail infrastructure, essenscia has participated to the creation of
Railport Antwerp, a new rail operator in 2013 together with the Antwerp Port Authority, the Left Bank Development Corporation and Alfaport. This initiative aims to make single wagon transport play a central role in rail transport.
A pilot project for more efficiency
In April 2016, Railport Antwerpen chose B-logistics as partner for its port rail operator pilot project. This initiative aims to test a new organization of single wagon transport in the port which will allow cost reduction and provide a top-of-the art service. The port rail operator will be at the service of all rail operators and local companies in charge of shunting and moving the wagons within the port area. This service pooling will free the client of these operations which are highly costly without economies of scale.
This port rail operator will allow cost savings and better answer the needs of the chemical companies in the Antwerp port area, resulting in more competitiveness for this industry.
The pilot project effectively started in April 2016 and will cover two a limited areas of the port on the Right bank of the Scheldt for two years. An assessment of the experience will then be made and a decision will be taken on whether to extend the project to other parts of the port.
The Belintra system
Belintra is a system of cooperation with the federal authorities through which the chemical sector is able to offer its assistance in case of accidents involving dangerous substances.
Belintra can call on the experts and specialised equipment of our companies that offer their expertise in the field of dangerous products to the emergency services, seven days a week and 24 hours a day.
Belintra is the Belgian link in the ICE (International Chemical Environment), a European assistance network set up by the CEFIC.