The multimodal logistics part WDPort of Ghent in North Sea Port is to be expanded with the addition of a mega-distribution centre.
North Sea Port said the new centre will cover 150,000m squared, and the move underlines the Port’s commitment to logistics activities and sustainable transport.
Under the plan, the retailers X20 Bathrooms, Overstock Home and Overstock Garden will enter a long-term lease for the new facility.
WDP will commence work on this development once the building permit is in place, which is expected to be spring 2021. After that, delivery will take place in phases over a period of one and a half years. The total investment amount is €80 million.
Daan Schalck, CEO North Sea Port: “This investment and long-term commitment show confidence in our port. North Sea Port is pleased to partner with WDP as it increases its focus on developing logistics activities and sustainable multimodal transport in the years to come.”
WDPort of Ghent is a platform for logistics activities at Kluizendok in Ghent, North Sea Port. The proximity of water, road and rail was crucial to the choice of location for WDP’s new customers, who are keen to invest in international growth and sustainable transport.
“After all, transport by water significantly reduces environmental impact and keeps trucks off already busy roads”, said WDP in a statement.
The immediate vicinity of the container terminal at Kluizendok gives the new facility access to transport by sea and inland waterway, road (E34, E17 and E40) and rail. This central location enables companies and their trading partners to serve the European hinterland optimally and efficiently.