40 years of handling coal at the BTW in Wilhelmshaven under the Rhenus flag(PresseBox) (Holzwickede, )
“Handling coal is an important mainstay for Rhenus Midgard’s business in Wilhelmshaven. Again and again, we’ve managed to create the conditions to ensure that vessels are unloaded quickly and reliably. The extension work completed during the last few years has created one of the most efficient coal terminals in Europe,” says Matthias Schrell, Managing Director of Rhenus Midgard in Wilhelmshaven, summarising developments to mark the jubilee.
The BTW is the only facility in Germany that is able to handle fully laden Capesize vessels with a load-carrying capacity of up to 250,000 tonnes and a draught of 18.50. The equipment there also includes Europe’s most modern wagon loading unit with a loading capacity of 2,000 tonnes per hour; its technology ensures that the load factor in the wagons is higher than 99 percent.
“Using the extended and modernised equipment that has been installed, we’re aiming to gradually increase the annual record handling figure of 3.65 million tonnes, which was achieved at the site in 2015. Our next goal is to move towards an annual volume of five million tonnes. Looking even further into the future, it will be possible to handle double this figure at the BTW,” says Matthias Schrell emphatically, as he looks forward to the next few years at the terminal in Wilhelmshaven.