Ro/ro transshipment 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. These factors combine to make Zeeland Seaports a logical choice as a vital link in the ro/ro supply chain.
Within the offshore market, Zeeland Seaports has been a reliable and sizeable player for many years, thanks to its strategic location vis-a`-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.
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.
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.
PORT OF GHENT AND ZEELAND SEAPORTS WIN INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR JOINT CROSS-BORDER PORT INFORMATION SYSTEM
Port of Ghent and Zeeland Seaports have won the award for ‘Best IT solution’ issued by the International Bulk Journal for their cross-border port information system ENIGMA+. Both ports are accessible through the same gateway to the Ghent–Terneuzen Canal. Since the beginning of 2015, vessels as well as companies only have to use one single cross-border port information system for all arrivals at and departures from the ports of Ghent and Terneuzen.
Until 2015 the Flemish port of Ghent and the Dutch Zeeland Seaports each had their own port information system. For vessels that had to sail on the Ghent–Terneuzen Canal, all vessel and maritime information had to be entered into two port information systems. In order to have this done in a more efficient way, the ports decided to jointly offer one single port information system. Ghent’s ENIGMA (Electronic Network for Information in the Ghent Maritime Area) system was extended in order to meet the needs of Zeeland Seaports. For example, it can also be linked to the Port Base port information system that is used by different Dutch ports.
ENIGMA+ for maritime information and service rendering