Dekker Group to expand storage capacity in the Port of Rotterdam
The Dekker Group has recently announced its intention to expand in the Port of Rotterdam. The group has extended its long-term lease contracts on behalf of its subsidiary Maastank for its location at Welplaatkade in the Botlek area by 25 years. Dekker Group also signed contracts for the adjacent sites at this point. In due time, the firm, which has its headquarters in Ouderkerk a/d IJssel, plans to scale up its existing tank storage activities in the Port – to double their current volume.
Dekker Group is a 120-year-old family business with local offices in Ouderkerk a/d IJssel and Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Dendermonde, Belgium, and Poznań in Poland. The group’s core activities include the storage of liquid edible oils, fats, and biofuels in stainless steel tanks, the storage of these products in solid and liquid form in warehouses, melting cocoa, processing these products, cleaning tank trailers, bulk carriers and ISOs and transporting these products by road.
By entering into this new long-term lease for our existing and newly-allocated sites, we plan to further strengthen and expand our market position in this strategic ‘deep sea location’ – based on our position as the foremost provider of specialised tank terminal services for high-grade special vegetable oils, oleochemicals and biofuels, said Jan Duel, Managing Director, Dekker Group adding that there will be no changes to Maastank’s existing organisation.
Over the next few years, the present allocation will allow Dekker to double the storage capacity of its tank terminal for vegetable oils, oleochemicals, and biofuels at Rotterdam’s Botlekhaven, to approximately 140 000 m3. In addition, Dekker plans to further expand the existing maritime infrastructure in the Port of Rotterdam. Maastank moved into its new office on Welplaatkade in May 2020.
The Port Authority welcomes this expansion by the Dekker Group. It aligns very well with the Port Authority’s policy to revitalise Botlek into a modern port area that can take on ports elsewhere in Europe with confidence, said Ronald Paul, COO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority.