North Sea Port is one of the largest port areas in the world and is exceptionally well located within Western Europe, being situated at the crossroads of seaborne transport and hinterland connections by rail, inland shipping, road and pipeline in every direction.
Moreover, the port area is part of the European transport corridors: North Sea-Med, North Sea-Baltic and Rhine-Alpine. This makes North Sea Port a truly multimodal port and particularly attractive for European distribution centres and circular flows.
Sustainable and efficient transport
The port authority aims to develop more sustainable and efficient transport. More regular rail connections and a rail link between Ghent and Terneuzen are being realized. North Sea Port also wants to increase inland shipping and more regular inland shipping connections.
The aim is to reduce the share of road transport in the modal split from 30% to 25%. This will be achieved by bundling goods flows, increasing cooperation and addressing missing or unreliable links in the logistics chains. To this end, efforts are also being made to increase digitisation, such as the digital bundling of flows and making the multimodal transport chain more efficient. This will allow North Sea Port to further strengthen its position as a truly multimodal port.
Regions such as Asia, Africa, Eastern and Central Europe will continue to develop. New land and sea trade routes will eventually be developed and create new opportunities.