The logistics zone at Blue Gate Antwerp is made up of two dynamically related parts: a cluster quay for in- and outbound goods flows via inland shipping, and a zone for smart logistics and city-regional distribution.
In the first phase, the cluster quay with a storage zone of around 25,600 square metres will be inaugurated. This zone will be primarily used for in- and outbound flows of building material for the (re)construction of Blue Gate Antwerp, the Scheldekaaien (Scheldt quays), Nieuw Zuid (New South), and other surrounding projects.
In a later phase, a developer and contractor will be sought for the rest of the logistics zone (13 hectares in total). Blue Gate Antwerp wants to optimise the logistics chain in this zone through a few ‘smart’ principles. This can happen through bundling and integrating the processes and streams of the various logistics operators. The bundling of incoming and outgoing streams will take place in a central transport hub that will also function as a transfer point. Emphasis will also be placed on other related high-added value services such as labelling, customisation, kitting, assembly, and quality control, among others.
Finally, Blue Gate Antwerp will also strive for a permanent improvement of the distribution process through a finely-meshed city-regional distribution system and initiatives around green and return logistics.