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64 www.bus-ex.com April 10

Royal VopakApril 10 www.bus-ex.com 65international logistics were part of the various companies' stock-in-trade. It was becoming the organisational DNA of the businesses that would merge together to form Royal Vopak, which came into existence in its present form in 1999, with the merger of Pakhoed and Van Ommeren. Royal Vopak is today the world's largest independent tank terminal operator, employing around 3,700 people and offering liquid bulk storage through a network of nearly 80 facilities across the world. Meeting customer needs requires constant re-evaluation of services and facilities and, in response to market requirements, the company is building a brand new storage terminal in the port of Amsterdam. It was agreed internally in May 2009, work began in October 2009 and the first phase is scheduled to be fully open in the second half of 2011."It will be a state-of-the-art facility and will be highly automated and designed with the minimum of operator interface in mind," says Hans Dilweg, project director for Royal Vopak's new Amsterdam storage terminal.