Rotterdam – 16 April 2020. Today, Visser & Smit Hanab, a 100% subsidiary of VolkerWessels, officially handed over the subsea pipelines to HES Hartel Tank Terminal, a project of HES International B.V.. These underground pipelines connect the HES Hartel Tank Terminal with the nearby refinery of energy major BP. The completion of this part of the project represents another step forward in the development of the state of the art 1.3 million cbm liquid bulk storage terminal.

The installation of these high-tech subsea pipelines must be done with absolute precision. The total package of pipelines installed, consist of 1 steel pipeline of 24 inches (600mm), 4 of 16 inches (400mm) and an HDPE pipe of 315 mm all with a length of around 1000 meters.The pipelines were installed by means of Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD). Visser & Smit Hanab have also installed pipelines in the pipeline corridor and the created manifolds.

Director of Visser & Smit Hanab, Aldo Krijgsman said: ‘Visser & Smit Hanab has been involved in this project from the outline design phase of the project until the final completion. We are proud of the added value which we have delivered to HES Hartel Tank Terminal in the realization of their new tank terminal. The Horizontal Directional Drillings, which have been executed were complex and challenging, nevertheless they have been installed in a safe and controlled manner. The cooperation between Visser & Smit Hanab and HES Hartel Tank Terminal on an engineering, operational and safety basis has been excellent.’

Project Director of HES Hartel Tank Terminal, Charles Smissaert said: ‘Due to the constructive and professional cooperation with the team of Visser & Smit Hanab, the subsea pipelines were handed over to HES within budget and on time. Moreover, the work is executed without any incidents and we attach great value to that. Safety is crucial for the success of this terminal and our future business.’

In addition to transport by pipeline, loading and discharge will predominantly take place by vessels and barges. In recent months significant progress has been made in the development of the 1.3 million cbm tank terminal for the storage and transhipment of petroleum products and biofuels in the Port of Rotterdam. The Port of Rotterdam Authority completed works on the maritime facilities at the end of 2019. Complying with the COVID-19 measures, construction works on tanks and the related civil and piping works are currently continuing unabated.

HES Hartel Tank Terminal will be the first terminal in the Netherlands that will be built according to the latest PGS 29 regulations for tank storage, meaning that the terminal will meet very high safety and environmental standards. After commissioning the terminal will be operational 24/7 and it will provide jobs for approximately 80 people.

About HES International

HES International, headquartered in Rotterdam, is a leading independent provider of logistical services in ports, specializing in the handling of dry and liquid bulks. HES International’s terminals hold a unique independent position in the bulk goods supply chain for a wide range of products and serve the heart of industrial Europe. The company’s focus is on growing its present portfolio of high quality dry and liquid bulk terminals by means of expansion of its already owned sites, greenfield development and acquisitions of operational terminals. Most of the group’s terminals have been active in the port industry for many decades, some for more than a century. HES International’s activities are concentrated primarily in the Netherlands, the UK, Germany, France, Belgium and Poland. For more information, please visit or the HHTT project website on

About Visser & Smit Hanab

Visser & Smit Hanab, a VolkerWessels company, has been building underground and above-ground infrastructure and installations in the fields of energy, electricity, water and industry for more than 150 years. We distinguish ourselves by working with the best in-house professionals such as installers, welders, low, medium and high voltage technicians. Visser & Smit Hanab has its own engineering team with advanced specialist knowledge and the most modern 3D scanning equipment. Our professionals, together with a dedicated network of suppliers and subcontractors, ensure that we get the job done safely, on time and on budget. With respect for people and the environment.

More information

HES International, Esther Erkelens, +31 (0)10-7900700 or

Visser & Smit Hanab, Lilian van Diemen, +31 (0) 78 6417 179 or

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