Sweden-based ferry company Stena Line and the Port of Rotterdam have partnered to build a second berth at the Stena Line terminal at Europoort.
As part of a €27m investment, the new project will involve construction of 210m-long berth with a 6.30m draft.
Stena Line North Sea route manager Annika Hult said: "We believe in the future of Europoort as a strong freight hub on the North Sea and are committed to the development of the terminal as part of a long-term investment plan.
"The second berth allows us to fully facilitate business development long-term and to meet future customer demand."
Construction of the new berth is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2017, and the existing one will be renewed. Both berths are scheduled to be operational by January 2018.
These developments offer Stena Line greater flexibility to service the growing freight market, the Port of Rotterdam stated.
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Port of Rotterdam Containers director Joyce Bliek said: "This is a big investment and demonstrates the confidence in the Ro-Ro market’s long-term development and the growing freight volumes to and from Rotterdam.
"The Port of Rotterdam is committed to enable a further growth; amongst others via developing additional rail capacity to strengthen the Ro-Ro rail infrastructure."
In March, Stena Line launched the world’s first methanol-powered ferry, Stena Germanica.
With this new, environmentally friendly Ro-pax ferry, Stena Line resumed its service on the route from Kiel in Germany to Gothenburg in Sweden, across the Baltic Sea.
Image: A Stena Line ship docked at the Port of Rotterdam. Photo: courtesy of Port Authority of Rotterdam.