January 17, 2007

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

By Nate Wybenga

Today was wet and windy as we toured through Europoort; one of the world’s largest seaports.  The size and scale of this port was like none I had seen before.  Oil, car imports, containers, and other industries line some 25 or so kilometers along the port’s waterway.  We stopped at places on both sides of the canal that formed the main waterway, and observed several oil refineries with oil storage buildings as large as 3 million cubic meters in volume, storage containers stacked 9 high that are then transported by rail or truck across Europe, stacks of imported cars several stories high, and many amazing and large scale port technologies.  It was truly a unique experience as we learned how the port has developed over the years to such a large scale!

If anyone is interested in satellite imagery of Europoort, click on this Google Earth link.  Of note: all the round white dots are the oil storage buildings I mentioned earlier, with some as large as 3 million cubic meters by volume!

 

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Cranes move containers on and off of ships

 


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Our group braves the weather for a look around the port

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