Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that the location of the tank storage terminal at the Hartelstrook along the outskirts of an industrial area, may raise questions. How will this affect the surrounding area? Is it safe? What does this mean for employment? Here is an overview of frequently asked questions. Can’t find the question you are looking for? Then send us an e-mail:

HES International B.V. in Rotterdam is a private holding company of leading independent service providers in ports throughout Europe. HES International B.V. has two key pillars: dry and liquid bulk. HES International B.V. has a great deal of experience in the liquid bulk sector and owns several liquid bulk terminals among which the HES Botlek Tank Terminal in Rotterdam and HES Willemshaven Tank Terminal in Germany.

The Hartelstrook’s zoning plan offers space for the development of a bulk terminal.  HES International B.V. needs to expand its liquid bulk operations. The Hartelstrook is an excellent location for these activities. The site has perfect access to sea. Its direct connection to the open sea facilitates rapid handling of logistical activities.

The establishment of HES International B.V. at the Hartelstrook is in line with Port Authority Rotterdam’s strategy which focuses on the efficient use of available space within the current port area.

At the terminal, tanks will have a total capacity of approximately 1,3 million m3. The volume of the tank varies from 5,000 to 50,000 m3. A quay will be built for three large or six smaller ships. In addition, there are plans for nine berths where inland shipping vessels can moor in the Hudson harbour. Products will only be transported to and from the terminal by ship. Road and rail transportation will not be used. 

At the terminal oilproducts are treated for third parties. For example, diesel, gasoil, fuel, petrol components and kerosene, as well as several biofuels, for instance, ethanol.

It is also possible to blend refined products, add additives and homogenize liquids in tanks.

When exactly the building will be operational depends on various factors such as the construction process; but the aim is start operating the terminal in the third quarter of 2021. 

During construction, there will be a lot of employment opportunities for third parties and suppliers. Expectations are that more than 200 persons will be deployed. Once the terminal begins operations, it will operate 24/7.

Presumably 70 to 120 jobs will be created. This terminal will also contribute to indirect employment.

At the terminal oilproducts are treated for third parties such as diesel, gasoil, fuel, petrol components and kerosene, as well as several biofuels, for instance, ethanol.

The Rotterdam port Authorities started construction in Q1 2018. This start represents a major step forwards in the development of the new HES Hartel Tank Terminal. In addition to a 1200 metre long deep-sea quay wall and linking construction between the new quay wall and the existing quay, a 1000 metre-long quay wall will also be built for inland shipping, together with a 350 metre long jetty with 4 berths. At the same time, dredging and earthmoving work will be undertaken, as well as bank and harbour basin protection. The necessary permits for all this work have already been awarded. The contractor started piling work on Monday, January 29th 2018.

HES has started construction work in November 2018, once the necessary permit procedures were concluded. On the 27-hectare site,  54 tanks with a capacity of 1.3 million m3 will be built. The tanks vary in size from 5,000 to 50,000 m3 and are suitable for the storage of different products. In addition to transport by pipeline, loading and discharge will predominantly take place by vessels.