The Western Scheldt, which passes through the port area, offers an open connection to the North Sea towards the international routes on the Atlantic and towards the Baltic States. Thanks to the maximum depth of 17 metres, the largest seagoing vessels can reach the port.
International shipping traffic also requires everyone to use the same working language. In the area covering the Western Scheldt, the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal and the river Scheldt up to Antwerp, Dutch or English must be used as the working language when communicating by radiotelephone.
North Sea Port provides fast and safe passage, among other things, by using the Enigma+ information and communication system.
As a seaport, North Sea Port is accessible to seagoing vessels from all over the world due to its strategic location at the North Sea. The draught varies from 17 metres in Vlissingen to 12.5 metres on the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal and Ghent, 32 kilometres inland. Over 9,000 seagoing vessels moor at North Sea Port every year, from capesizers, coasters, container ships to RoRo ships and bulk vessels.
Its central location in the West-European waterway network makes North Sea Port an important artery for inland shipping in Europe. All neighbouring ports are easily reachable and the waterway network reaches as far as the Black Sea. Every year about 40,000 inland vessels enter North Sea Port to load and unload. Many different facilities are available for this in the port to allow the passage to run smoothly.
Port Security and Safety
North Sea Port is committed to high levels of security and safety. The International Ship & Port Facility Security Code is obviously used here, and measures are taken to protect vessels and port facilities. North Sea Port also monitors all the activities in the port area 24/7.
Port and health
Because of the increase of international transport, infectious diseases can spread faster and more easily. This is why more attention is being paid to infectious diseases worldwide.
Goods traffic between North Sea Port and hinterland by inland waterways continues to increaseThe transport of cargo to the hinterland by inland waterways has again risen year-on-year in North Sea Port. With an increase of 4%, this form of transport now accounts for a full 58%. This is the result of the second study conducted by the port among companies throughout the cross-border port area.
Largest construction vessel in the world calls at North Sea PortNorth Sea Port received a visit from an exceptional ship on Monday 17 August. The 'Pioneering Spirit', the largest construction and installation vessel in the world, called at the port in Vlissingen. The arrival was a real spectacle that attracted a lot of spectators.
A single report to sail anywhere on the Western Scheldt and in FlandersNorth Sea Port, Flemish Waterways plc, Port of Antwerp, Port of Oostende, Port of Zeebrugge, the Agency for Maritime and Coastal Services, and the Joint Nautical Management are all joining forces in introducing SWINg in 2021.