The Belgian Ghent Port Company and the Dutch Zeeland Seaports have been jointly promoting the assets of the powerful economic region between Flushing and Ghent for some time already. From Monday 24 up to and including Friday 28 August, both port companies and some 20 businesses and organizations from their ports will be travelling to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for the promotion of the ports there. More specifically the sectors of liquid and dry bulk, biochemicals and biomass, fertilizers and agricultural products will be highlighted.
The Ghent–Terneuzen Canal Zone is the life line of the entire region of Zeeland Flanders and Ghent that connects the two medium-sized seaports. When adding up the seaborne cargo traffic of both ports — 61mt (million tonnes) — they form the seventh port of Western Europe. Zeeland Seaports, comprising the ports of Flushing and Terneuzen, is located at the beginning of the Canal Zone, at the Western Scheldt, in the direction of the North Sea. Port of Ghent is situated some 30km further inland. It is important for both ports that existing companies keep on investing there and that new initiatives are developed around the Kluizendok in Ghent and at Axel’s Plain, among other regions. For this purpose, a number of commercial activities, fairs, conferences and missions are undertaken jointly.
BALTIC STATES IMPORTANT TRADING PARTNER
Ghent Port Company and Zeeland Seaports are organizing this trip together and it is headed by both executive directors, respectively Daan Schalck and Jan Lagasse. The aim is to further contacts and trade between the companies from the Ghent- Terneuzen Canal Zone and the Baltic States. With a joint traffic of 4.2mt, the Baltic States are an important trading partner. For Ghent they are the fourth-biggest trading partner (2.1mt) and for Zeeland Seaports they are the fifth (also 2.1mt).
Besides companies, also Portiz (Port & Industry Zeeland), Zeeland Port Promotion Council (ZPPC: comparable to the Flemish Flanders Investment & Trade [FIT]) and Invest in Zeeland will also be travelling along.
PUTTING PORTS & COMPANIES IN TOUCH WITH ONE ANOTHER
On the first day, Monday, the delegation will be visiting the port of Muuga in Estonia, near the Russian border. On Tuesday, the port of Sillama¨e in Estonia will be visited followed by the city of Tallinn. On Wednesday, the port of Riga in Latvia will be paid a visit. In the evening, also the Dutch ambassador Van den Dool and the Belgian honorary consul Gavars will be present. On Tuesday, the delegation will go to Klaipe´da, in Lithuania, where the port will be visited.The Dutch ambassadorVan der Lingen will also be present in the evening.
During those four days, there will each time be meetings between local companies and Belgian and Dutch firms. On Friday, the mission will be ended in the Lithuanian city of Vilnius.
ONE STEP FURTHER IN COOPERATION
The joint promotion of the Canal Zone is one step further in the co-operation between Zeeland Seaports and Ghent Port Company. Both port companies have been working together already on the new lock in Terneuzen and on sustainable port development. They are also cooperating on one single port information system for all vessels, shipping agents and companies in the Canal Zone with the aim of carrying out and guiding navigation more smoothly and efficiently. At the end of August 2014, both ports already paid a visit to the port of