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.
North Sea Port feels reduced impact of Covid-19 crisis month by monthOver the first nine months of this year, the companies in North Sea Port recorded seaborne cargo transhipment of 47.1 million tonnes. This is 12.8% less than in the same period in 2019. The impact caused by the Covid-19 crisis on the transhipment of cargo has lessened as the months have gone by.
North Sea Port impressed as construction of Terneuzen lock Nieuwe Sluis takes another step forwardThe construction of the new, larger lock in Terneuzen is progressing steadily. This is great news to North Sea Port as the New Lock is of vital importance for the future of the entire canal area from Terneuzen to Ghent.
Free energy scan for inland vesselsAs of today inland vessels can be registered as a candidate for a free energy scan. With these energy scans North Sea Port, Port of Antwerp and the Flemish public authorities (De Vlaamse Waterweg and Departement Mobility and Public Works) want to stimulate the use of shore power.