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Driven by Dedication

Zeeland Seaports, the ports of Vlissingen and Terneuzen, has many advantages when it comes to handling various types of cargo: the location on open sea, the depth of 16.5 metres, the congestion-free hinterland connections and the specialised terminals. But it’s the people who really make our port unique. Everyone who does business with the Zeeland ports becomes acquainted with professionals who take pride in their work and their ports. And, as you know, pride is what fuels motivation. We know what is important for our clients and it is that extra step that makes all the difference.

Dry bulk

Dry bulk

  • Zeeland Seaports offers excellent possibilities for the storage and handling of dry bulk. Spacious docks with direct access to open sea. Stevedores and storage companies specialising in specific cargo flows such as coal, raw minerals and fertilizers. Rapid transport connections with the hinterland by rail, motorway and inland shipping. 

  • New boosts

    Work is also going into optimising accessibility and infrastructure all the time. The opening of the  Kaloothaven means that dry bulk carriers with a draught of up to 16.5 metres can access Vlissingen. A new loading station is a real boost for the rail connection to the German hinterland. The arrival of the Sluiskil Tunnel will speed up road traffic heading south.  

    Possibilities for growth

    The storage of dry bulk generally requires a lot of space. Zeeland Seaports has this space. And also the capabilities to guide the growth or establishment of production and stevedoring companies along short lines. All of this makes dry bulk and Zeeland Seaports a trusted combination with a future. 

Liquid Bulk

Liquid Bulk

  • Liquid bulk continues to play an important role in the ports of Zeeland. That is apparent, among other things, from the investments various companies have made in the liquid bulk sector in recent times. Despite the adverse economic climate, they chose precisely this period to build on the future.

  • Growth in tank storage

    There has been plenty of expansion and modernisation in tank storage and terminal facilities for liquid bulk in both Vlissingen and Terneuzen. For example by companies active in the storage and handling of petrochemical products or vegetable oils and fats. Zeeland also saw the arrival of a new storage facility for liquid fertilizer. A welcome addition to the fertilizer cluster that has an ever stronger presence in the Zeeland ports. 

    Sustainable future

    Where it can, the Zeeland Seaports port authority supports these new developments. The jetty capacity in the Braakmanhaven has been substantially expanded, for instance, as a result of which more vessels can tranship their liquid bulk. And Zeeland Seaports has its sights set on a sustainable future. Biopark Terneuzen, the green heart of the Zeeland ports, is putting a lot of effort into biofuels and the use of residual heat.    



  • RoRo transhipment without encountering any form of congestion en route? That sounds almost impossible, but it can be done at Zeeland Seaports. Thanks to the favourable location at the mouth of the Western Scheldt, the rapid handling of vessels and the congestion-free hinterland connections. They make Zeeland Seaports a logical choice as link in the supply chains for RoRo.

  • RoRo facilities

    The current facilities ensure that RoRo material can be loaded and discharged rapidly and efficiently. Dedicated terminals offer jetties where RoRo vessels can moor. Services which further optimise the handling of RoRo are not lacking either, of course. For instance, the reception areas have Pre-Delivery Inspection operations, by means of which vehicles are prepared for delivery to various local markets.

    Room for growth

    For players on the RoRo market, Zeeland Seaports has a rare commodity: room for growth. There is enough capacity to cope with the arrival of new cargo flows of RoRo. The costs of setting up business are definitely competitive. Added to this, workers in the Zeeland ports are there for clients around the clock.



  • Goods are increasingly being transported by container throughout the world. This growth is also expected to continue into the future. Naturally, Zeeland Seaports is responding to this trend. There are already container-handling facilities in the port. Thanks partly to the good connections by inland shipping, rail, short sea shipping and road, containers quickly find their way to the hinterland. 

  • In the coming years, the facilities for handling containers in the Zeeland ports will expand considerably.  Zeeland Seaports has plans for the arrival of modern, specialised container terminals, among other things. That offers plenty of opportunities for shipping companies, carriers, receivers and many other parties in the logistical chain to share in this growth. 

    Central location

    Vlissingen is close to international sailing routes for container transport. The port lends itself very well to the import and export of containers without any form of congestion. It is logical, therefore, that Zeeland Seaports aims to grow into an important player in Northwest Europe when it comes to containers.



  • Breakbulk plays a key role in the commercial activity within the Zeeland ports. Zeeland Seaports offers the flexibility to process a wide range of breakbulk cargo quickly, efficiently and for optimum costs. Not only thanks to unhindered access from the sea and a trimodal connection to the hinterland, but definitely also due to the presence of specialist logistics service providers.

  • Strong clusters

    Within Europe, Zeeland Seaports has acquired a leading role as storage and handling location for wood pulp and aluminium, for example. Partly as a result of this, the clusters forest products and metals are very well represented in the Zeeland ports. These clusters are only growing stronger because companies in the port dare to invest in expanding and modernising their capacity.

    Room for growth

    Zeeland Seaports sees opportunities for growth when it comes to breakbulk. The leading role it already occupies in a number of market sectors serves as an example of how the Zeeland port can grow further in the storage and handling of other types of cargo, such as metals.

    The developments in world trade and the changing logistical concepts demand more space in seaports. This also applies to a seaport that has efficient access by inland shipping, coastal shipping, rail and road transport. Zeeland Seaports can offer this space and these distribution possibilities. Furthermore, the shipping companies benefit from our central location and the shorter sailing times.  



  • Within the offshore market, Zeeland Seaports has been a reliable and sizeable player for many years, thanks to its strategic location vis-à-vis many offshore oil and gas rigs and wind farms in the North Sea, and also thanks to the excellent nautical access for installation vessels: no locks and hardly any waiting times. And all of this is combined with excellent access via inland shipping.

  • Offshore cluster

    The strong offshore cluster that the Zeeland port has built up through the years offers numerous synergetic advantages. Just take the wealth of experience among logistics service providers when it comes to the storage and handling of different types of large objects, or the specialist knowledge on assembling parts. It is not for nothing that this year the twentieth wind farm was delivered from the Zeeland port.


    The proven track record of existing companies provides plenty of opportunities for new commercial activity that can further reinforce the offshore cluster. Such as for producers of large objects, with their sub-contractors and service providers, or logistics companies which specialise in heavy-lift operations. And whether it’s a question of physical space or facilitating new activities, flexibility goes without saying at Zeeland Seaports.  



  • Onions, potatoes, fruit, fruit juices, dairy produce, meat and fish: examples of food products which are shipped in and out of the Zeeland port all the time. Bananas also travel via Zeeland nowadays. As up-and-coming player in the food market, Zeeland Seaports is profiling itself more strongly all the time.

  • Food Port

    The port has its own Food Port in the Bijleveldhaven: a flourishing centre for specialists in handling food products and reefer containers. The Food Port offers such facilities as stevedores, cold stores and packing stations. Within this growing food cluster, Zeeland Seaports is continually on the lookout for companies which can provide added value.

    Fresh and fast

    A lot of food involves fresh products, which demand rapid transport. By rail, road or inland shipping: Zeeland has surprisingly fast connections for anyone whose target group is in Belgium, Northern France or Germany, for example. But Zeeland also offers advantages over other ports for the eastern or southern Netherlands.



  • “Via matchmaking, we ensure that new businesses can make use of the residual energy from existing industry.”
    Like to know more about sustainable clustering? Call or e-mail :
    Peter Geertse
    Like to know more about the chemical clusters? Call or e-mail :
    Francesco Faes
    Like to know more about the steel industry or shipbuilding? Call or e-mail :
    Marcel Pater

    More than 250 logistics and industrial businesses together form the Zeeland ports. What spearheads Zeeland Seaports is the idea that companies can benefit from each other’s strengths as much as possible. One way in which this occurs is through the formation of clusters. Valuepark Terneuzen, a successful cluster of companies in the chemical industry, has already been a good example of this for ten years.

  • Short lines

    The Zeeland port area forms an attractive business location for industry. Zeeland Seaports has a tradition of short lines: accessible and cooperative when it comes to accommodating existing and new industry.  The costs of setting up business are competitive. The Zeeland ports are also known for their dedicated, qualified and flexible employees, who take pride in their work. 

    Sustainable cluster

    Biopark Terneuzen makes Zeeland Seaports a leader when it comes to sustainable industry. In collaboration with Ghent (Biobase Europe), the aim is to grow to become the largest bio-based cluster in Europe. For instance via a unique pilot plant in Ghent, where companies can test their sustainable innovations before launching them on the market. The training centre in Terneuzen makes the sustainable cluster complete: this centre guarantees bio-based businesses specialised personnel.

Easily accessible

Zeeland Seaports is excellently accessible from the Northsea. Also it has congestion-free links to the hinterland by rail, road, inland waterway, shortsea shipping and pipeline.

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Zeeland Seaports Port Company

The port company of Zeeland Seaports is responsible for the economic development, management, running and promotion of this port area. About 80 people work at Zeeland Seaports on:

  • attracting new businesses and allocating land;
  • the construction, management and maintenance of all infrastructure;
  • ensuring safety in general and safe shipping traffic in particular. 
  • Our mission

    Zeeland Seaports is responsible for the sustainable development of logistics and industry in the Zeeland seaports in a dedicated and respectful manner. 

  • Core values

    The core values we uphold in this are: reliability, focus on results, cooperation, respect and dedication.

  • More information

    For information about Zeeland Seaports as port company, please visit our corporate website:


Schelpenpad 2, P.O. BOX 132
NL-4530 AC Terneuzen
Tel: +31 (0) 115 647400
Fax: +31 (0) 115 647500


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