Rotterdam, 5 September 2017 – Europees Massagoed Overslagbedrijf (EMO) B.V., a 100% subsidiary of HES International B.V., has finalized an investment programme for the replacement of an essential part of their conveyor belt system this summer. Having replaced all three conveyor lines along the 1.5-kilometre-unloading quay in 2016, EMO has now completed the renewal of the conveyor belt system on the West side of the terminal. The new system comprises eight conveyor lines, which are used for dedicated and efficient storage and loading services towards EMO’s Stacker-Reclaimers, Barge Loaders, Train Loaders and Blending Silo’s.

Thanks to EMO’s experienced project team this challenging brown-field project has been implemented without any unforeseen business interruptions and within the planned timeline and budget.

The project involves the total renewal and upgrading of the belt system, which has been functioning since EMO started its operations in 1973. By using state-of-the-art technologies and by designing out inefficiencies, a significant reduction in labour, maintenance and energy costs will be achieved.

This investment is in line with EMO's long-term strategy to continue serving the European iron ore, thermal and coking coal market. Ensuring customer performance, safeguarding Health, Safety, Security and Environment standards as well as EMO terminal's asset integrity. 

All conveyor belts are now fully operational and have already transported several millions of tons of dry bulk products. EMO can take full advantage of these new assets and we are confident that our customers will appreciate these improvements too.

Some key figures:

  • 3,000 tons (European) new steel
  • 168 piles
  • 18,000 idlers
  • 102 pulleys
  • 13,100 metres of rubber belt
  • 9,000 wind plates
  • 75,000 metres electrical cable

Photo of conveyor belts west. | You can also view great images of the project updates on EMO’s Facebook account:

For more information you can contact Mr Ton van der Leer, Manager Projects, Maintenance & IT of EMO B.V., Tel. +31 (0)181- 371199. E-mail

About EMO:
Europees Massagoed Overslagbedrijf (EMO) B.V., is the largest transhipment terminal for coal and iron ore in Western Europe and occupies a top position in the dry bulk market. Modern and multifunctional, the EMO terminal is strategically located at the Maasvlakte in Rotterdam. The terminal has grown rapidly since 1973 and has an excellent track record in storage and transhipment. The quayside, with a draft of 23 metres, makes it possible for the world’s largest vessels to unload at EMO. State-of-the-art facilities unload seagoing ships fast and efficiently. In addition to loading and unloading ships, rail cars and barges, the EMO terminal offers added-value services such as screening, blending and washing coal. EMO has a total storage capacity of seven million tonnes and has ample access to the hinterland by means of rail links and inland waterways. You can find more information on

About HES:
International B.V., is one of Europe’s largest independent providers of storage and transhipment capacity in dry and liquid bulk. Our terminals are situated in the best locations at Europe’s most important ports. Our aim is to become one of the market leaders on the European tank terminal market. We aspire to achieve this mainly by enlarging and revamping our existing terminals, as well as by developing projects at new locations, taking over other existing terminals and converting former oil terminals and refineries into tank terminals. HES International B.V. is developing a tank terminal for the storage and transhipment of petroleum products and biofuels at Hartelstrook, on the south side of the Mississippi harbour at Maasvlakte 1. This terminal is expected to be operational at the end of 2019. Terminals of HES International B.V. in the port of Rotterdam are:

More information about HES International B.V. can be found on

Shareholders of HES International: Riverstone Holdings LLC and The Carlyle Group

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