As port authority for Terneuzen and Vlissingen, Zeeland Seaports is responsible for their safety, development, management and maintenance. Based on output volumes, we are the third seaport of the Netherlands, an area undergoing continual development, expansion and investment.
Zeeland Seaports manages, operates and develops the area, whilst generating and ensuring employment and prosperity. Accommodating new businesses, supporting existing businesses based in the port, and enabling safe shipping, are our most important activities. The numerous industrial and logistics companies working in the port area guarantee that Zeeland Seaports occupy a strong position in the market.
Situated between some of the main economic centres of north-west Europe and the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp, the location of Zeeland Seaports on the estuary of the Western Scheldt, is highly advantageous and strategic.
As such, its location boasts free access to the open sea, as well as a first-rate network of road, rail, pipelines and waterway links to the surroundings areas of Europe. Even the largest seagoing vessels are able to call Zeeland Seaports with minimal straying from main shipping routes, and without tidal restrictions. What's more, the ports handle a wide range of shortsea and inland vessels, providing a comprehensive network of cargo services right across Europe.
The ports of Terneuzen and Vlissingen possess their own distinctive traits.
Terneuzen lies at the entrance to the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal, partly fronting the tidal water of the Western Scheldt and partly behind the locks. This port covers 2,100ha, and stretches from the deepwater Braakmanhaven, to the long established industrial town of Sas van Gent. The lock system accepts seagoing vessels up to 265m in length, 12.5m draught and 34m beam.
The port of Vlissingen expanded outside of the town of Vlissingen in the 1960s due to 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 2,400ha and is able to handle ships with a maximum of 16.5m draught.
Congestion-free multimodal port
To optimise the use of inland waterway services, a cost-effective and eco-friendly mode of transport, Zeeland Seaports is placed in an easy-access location for inland barges.
In addition to this, both Terneuzen and Vlissingen are linked to the European rail network, as well as road and pipeline, increasing accessibility further.
There is a steady flow of rail freight to and from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. Customers can use block trains and tailor-made logistics to move large volumes of shipment, everything from raw materials to finished goods.