The port of Antwerp is located on the shores of the Escaut river. In the past several years, the port has experienced major development, along with an increase in its volume of activity. Accordingly, as many as 7.5 million containers are handled at the port every year. Prior to this project, there was only one rail link between the right and left banks of the Escaut river. This single rail line no longer met the port’s needs, making construction of a new line a necessity. The new rail line joins the port’s north and south sectors.