Maritime Acces

North Sea Port, located along both banks of the Western Scheldt, is accessible to global shipping via the North Sea. The port area of Vlissingen and Borsele is a tidal harbour with direct access to the sea. The port areas of Terneuzen and Ghent are reached via the lock complex at Terneuzen, which lies at the head of the Ghent-Terneuzen canal. This straight and wide canal offers smooth and rapid nautical access to the harbour area of Ghent, at North Sea Port’s southern limit.

The Western Lock in Terneuzen can accommodate ships of up to 92,000 dWT (‘deadweight tonnage’ or carrying capacity), with a maximum length of 265 metres, a width of 37 metres and a draught of 12.50 metres. By 2020, a new lock will be built that will replace the middle of the three existing locks. In Vlissingen and Borsele, North Sea Port is¬†accessible to ships with a draught of up to¬†17 metres. The Terneuzen and Ghent port areas are accessible to ships with a maximum draught of 12.5 metres.