North Sea Port plays an important role in the logistical chain of many raw materials and additives, semi-finished and final products. The ports strategic location near the North Sea makes it especially accessible to seagoing vessels arriving at the port from all over the world.
Additionally, the port area has good access to an extensive network of hinterland connections. All of Europe can be reached by coaster, inland vessel, by train and by truck; the connections even reach far inland towards Russia and China. The pipelines are part of this as well.
For companies, this multimodality is one of the key trump cards they have by being based in a port like North Sea Port. Many have chosen to set up shop in our port specifically because they rely on easy access by sea for their raw materials, or because they can easily take their products to clients by ship or via one of the other connections on the Continent.
Over half the goods carried between the port and the hinterland are transported by inland vessels.
This involves a wide range of goods. North Sea Port is focusing hard on container transport by means of inland shipping between Rotterdam, Antwerp and the port, and between Antwerp, North Sea Port and Lille. An inland vessel that has 30 containers on board keeps 30 trucks off the road.
Multimodal mix between Scandinavia and Southern Europe
North Sea Port is a key link in the transport chain between Scandinavia and Southern Europe. The RoRo service that shuttles to and from Gothenburg every week provides the connection to the north from the Mercatordok in Ghent. Towards the south, the Danish group wants to put as much cargo as possible on trains towards France, Italy and Spain. In the Italian port of Trieste, this cargo is moved back to ships towards Greece or Turkey.
Trains towards Asia
Volvo Car Ghent uses trains to transport models for the Asian market manufactured in Ghent to China. In return, the models manufactured in the Chinese plants are transported to Western Europe on the same train.