One of the key advantages of Zeeland Seaports, the ports of Vlissingen and Terneuzen, is a strategic location on the estuary of the Western Scheldt between some of the main economic centres of northwest Europe and the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp.
Zeeland Seaports is dedicated to its modern-day role as a European hub for cargo handling and logistics. The two ports are eminently qualified for this role thanks to their unique geographical location, free access to the open sea and a first-rate network of road, rail, pipelines and waterway links to the hinterland of Europe.
Even the largest seagoing vessels are able to call Zeeland Seaports with a minimum of deviation from main shipping routes and without tidal restrictions. In addition, the ports handle a wide range of short sea and inland vessels providing a comprehensive network of cargo services right across Europe.
Flexibility, speed, quality and customer friendliness are other reasons for more and more companies to choose Zeeland Seaports as the strongest link to Europe. With plenty of space for development and with new business projects springing up all the time, Zeeland Seaports has ample opportunity for future growth. Zeeland Seaports and its experienced staff look forward to helping customers develop and grow their business.
The Port of Terneuzen lies at the entrance to the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal, partly fronting the tidal water of the Western Scheldt and partly behind the locks. The port covers 2,100 hectares and stretches from the deepwater Braakmanhaven to the long established industrial town of Sas van Gent. The lock system accepts seagoing
vessels up to 265 m length, 12.5 m draught and 34 m beam.
The Port of Vlissingen expanded outside the town of Vlissingen in the 1960s with the creation of Vlissingen-Oost, a major new harbour area with facilities for industrial processing and large-scale cargo handling. Vlissingen covers a total area of 2,400 hectares and is able to handle ships with a maximum of 16.5 m draught.
Zeeland Seaports is well placed to make best use of inland waterway services – a cost-effective and eco-friendly mode of transport. There is a choice of connecting routes to the extensive inland waterway network of Europe. Inland barges have easy access to Zeeland Seaports via these waterways.
Both Terneuzen and Vlissingen are linked to the European rail network. There is a steady flow of rail freight to and from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. Customers can use block trains and tailormade logistics to move large volumes of freight – everything from raw materials to finished goods. Also via road and pipeline Zeeland Seaports is well connected to its hinterland.
Three new container terminals are under way at Zeeland Seaports to cope with the steady growth of containerisation.
Scaldia Container Terminal: 60 hectares of land with a deep-sea quay of 900 m in length and a transverse quay of 250 m. The deepsea quay will be designed for ships with a maximum draught of 14 m at LAT. The new terminal will be operational in 2010.
Verbrugge Container Terminal: 2 km of quay, due to enter service in 2012.
Westerschelde Container Terminal: with some 2 km of main quay and 900 m of barge quay, the estimated capacity of the terminal is 2 million TEU per year. The terminal will be built in phases. The first phase could be operational in 2013.
Cost-effective transport of raw materials and products is one of the key attractions of Zeeland Seaports for industrial companies. Therefore many leading firms have chosen Zeeland Seaports as their European base for production and distribution. Zeeland Seaports aims to encourage co-operation and synergy between neighbouring companies.
The idea is to allocate space to clusters of similarly specialised companies and to create the most suitable infrastructure for that cluster in terms of supply and distribution of energy, raw materials and final products. In this way, companies can benefit each other in terms of supply and sourcing of materials, shared utilisation of investments and utilities, etc. This saves money and also contributes to a better environment.