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FOREWORD INTRODUCTION - Adding value to port activities
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ZEELAND SEAPORTS - The people that make the port PORTS OVERVIEW - Extensive and modern port facilities CONNECTIONS - Widely connected with first-class infrastructure and services CONNECTIONS
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INLAND - Largest inland waterways port in the Netherlands REGIONS - Attractive and dynamic region of opportunity
- Nurturing a strong business environment - Dynamic region with a vibrant business community
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Visiting address: Schelpenpad 2 (Harbour No: 1151), NL 4531 PD Terneuzen Postal address: PO Box 132, NL 4530 AC Terneuzen Tel: +31 (0)115 647400 Fax: +31 (0)115 647500 Email: email@example.com www.zeelandseaports.com
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CARGO HANDLING - Perfectly placed for expert cargo handling OFFSHORE - Proven experience as a centre of offshore expertise OFFSHORE
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CONTAINERS / RORO - Sizable container throughput sets scene for hub status LIQUID BULKS - Major players boost Zeeland’s liquid bulk traffic SUSTAINABLE LINKS - Improving sustainability of port-related industries VALUEPARK TERNEUZEN - Integrated chemical park offers many benefits BIOPARK TERNEUZEN - An innovative approach to agro-industrial sustainability
- Fully integrated chemicals park is vital asset - Smart links maximise potential of region’s bio-based
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LIFTAL - Prompt service in the lifting sector ZPPC - Zeeland Port Promotion Council represents port community LOODSWEZEN - State-of-the-art pilotage fleet serving vessels in the Netherlands OVET - Major investments benefit bulk handling specialist
- Enhanced pilot service helps port efficiency - Maritime academy leads the way OVET - OVET invests in new facilities to keep up with demand YARA SLUISKIL - Terneuzen production plant has global reach VESTA TERMINAL FLUSHING - Specialised liquid bulk operator capitalises on strategic location YARA SLUISKIL - Global producer for 85 years located in Terneuzen PACORINI METALS - Growth through diversification for Pacorini Metals EURO-MIT STAAL BV - Serving the transformer industry VLISSINGSE BOOTLIEDENWACHT BV - Capable boatmen services in Vlissingen EURO-MIT STAAL BV - EMS offers ‘bespoke’ service to transformer makers LIFTAL - Prompt service in the lifting sector LOODSWEZEN
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Port handbook demonstrates
diversity and strength of Zeeland ports This latest edition of the Zeeland Seaports Port Handbook demonstrates as never before how diverse the activities are in our ports. And this diversity is one of the things that allow us to look back on a strong 2014 when it comes to maritime throughput. May this new handbook, the 2015-2016 edition, together with last year’s strong figures, herald a glorious period of further growth. As you read this handbook, you will see that, although we may be a smaller port in the region when it comes to scale, we can match any port in north-west Europe in terms of facilities. We have developed well in the food sector, in liquid bulks – also thanks to a sharp increase in ship-to-ship transfers – and in project cargo for offshore wind farms. The latter is a good example of how our ports will continue to focus on the future. After all, there was no mention of this sector two or three handbooks ago; and now we are the leading player in this market, with more than 25 projects successfully executed from Vlissingen. In addition, we continue to occupy a strong position in the sectors that have traditionally been important to us: forest products, steel and dry bulks. Naturally, the businesses do the work and we are keen to help them by providing the facilities they need in a good, modern port with an excellent infrastructure in the form of quays and docks, roads and railways.
Innovation may well be important, but some things in Zeeland remain the same – and you can see that, too, on the following pages. Such as the specialist companies in our ports who have the knowledge and are keen to listen to and share ideas with their clients. World-famous companies that play a leading role in their market, but often still have a sober, down-to-earth Zeeland mentality that makes it pleasant to do business. Take advantage of it!
Dick Gilhuis Chief Commercial Officer Zeeland Seaports
Adding value to port activities Consistently ranked one of the largest port complexes in the Netherlands, Zeeland Seaports is looking to the future with renewed optimism
Widespread investment across the port areas, combined with restructuring of the port authorityâ€™s business segments and rapid growth in certain sectors, is heralding a new era of confidence for operators and customers. Zeeland Seaports handles about 34 million tonnes of seaborne cargo each year and 35 million tonnes of inland shipping. It is the fastest-growing port in the Netherlands and a leading player in many sectors in the wider North Sea region, especially in the liquid bulks and offshore industries.
Terneuzen and Vlissingen are located on opposite shores at the mouth of the Western Scheldt, a major river also giving access to the hub ports of Antwerp and Ghent. As a unified port, the two ports combined their strengths and logistical advantages to handle a diverse range of cargo. While Vlissingen is essentially a deepsea cargo hub, Terneuzen mainly serves the regionâ€™s large chemical industry. Zeeland Seaports offers many advantages to shippers and shipowners alike. The port
is readily accessible by road, rail, inland waterway, pipeline and by sea, with a wide range of connections and operators. In this port complex, all modes of transport combine to create an intermodal and multimodal hub. A further asset of Zeeland Seaports is its dedication. Its slogan ‘driven by dedication’ is not an idle boast but an indication of the personal approach, attention to detail and commitment to quality that drives all the port’s interactions with its customers. Zeeland Seaports has developed excellent relationships with the surrounding municipalities, all of which are shareholders in the company. There is a strong environmental awareness in the region, coupled with a ‘can do’ attitude to
confidence within the port company. While some cargo streams have adjusted to market trends in recent years, others have grown significantly – notably liquid bulks, offshore industry services and inland shipping. All forecasts point to a gradual increase in the foreseeable future. In commercial terms, Zeeland Seaports has identified eight key areas of business and has restructured its operational activities to reflect these. Seven are related to logistics – containers, ro-ro, food, breakbulk, dry and liquid bulks and offshore – and one to industry. Providing more container handling facilities is still a key ambition for Zeeland Seaports; and while there are obstacles yet to
development. It all adds up to a port that is focused on the customer and offers unique advantages for business development.
overcome, some developments are expected in 2015, including a new container area that is due to open in Vlissingen.
Generating about 32,000 jobs across the province, the ports industry accounts for some 18 per cent of the economy in the Province of Zeeland. The two ports handled 35 million tonnes of seaborne cargo in 2014, although the longer-term goal is to be handling 50 million tonnes by 2020 along with 40 million tonnes of inland shipping. This is an ambitious target, but one that reflects the
Zeeland Seaports is now the leading port in north-west Europe for the offshore industry. Vlissingen has grown into an important base for providers of offshore logistics and support services – a growth led by investment in new wind farm projects such as Gemini and Luchterduinen. Over 25 major projects have been handled from Vlissingen in recent years.
Furthermore, a growing number of construction companies are handling offshore industry projects such as fabrication of modules and parts, as well as decomissioning and (de)mobilisation of installation vessels.
Shortsea connections – linking up with the port’s inland shipping connections – are another key area of potential growth. In addition, the port is looking to attract further ro-ro services for trucks and containers to add to existing services.
Zeeland Seaports remains the largest port in the Netherlands for general cargo, being a major gateway for forest products and fruit. However, the biggest cargo traffic by volume is dry and liquid bulks.
This is all part of Zeeland Seaports’ longerterm strategy to expand its container handling capacity.
All these facts highlight the growth that has been achieved across many sectors.
Future growth While further growth is expected in the offshore and liquid storage sectors, a major focus for Zeeland Seaports is the further development of its container handling business together with an expansion in capacity.
A thriving future lies ahead for Zeeland Seaports and its many customers. With the triple advantages of growth, investment and customer confidence, Zeeland Seaports can look forward to playing an ever more prominent role in the Dutch ports sector
The people that make the port Zeeland Seaports is the port company with responsibility for managing the ports of Terneuzen and Vlissingen, the third-largest port complex in the Netherlands.
From its modern and stylish offices at the side of the Terneuzen lock gates, Zeeland Seaports provides a guiding hand for the development of these two large port complexes. It is responsible for managing and developing port facilities in an area covering the municipalities of Borsele, Terneuzen and Vlissingen. These three municipalities, together with the Province of Zeeland, are shareholders in Zeeland Seaports. The port company is authorised to buy land and contract it to eligible users. It also collects port fees and issues port regulations. Zeeland Seaports has taken a lead, too, in providing new infrastructure for the region as well as continuing to maintain the existing infrastructure, such as roads, railways, quays, basins and utilities.
A new online port management information system, Enigma+, plays an important role in the processing and planning of ship and cargo movements in both ports. Enigma+ complies with the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code and also serves as a port community system. This means it can be used by agents to order services from Zeeland Seaports and to settle all administrative obligations, such as customs. The Province of Zeeland has a rich maritime history and culture. Its prime asset is its people, who provide the foundation for its sustainable development and its very customer-focused approach to doing business. With many centuries of maritime expertise and professionalism as its backbone, Zeeland Seaports has become a strong port company that puts the customer first
Zeeland Seaports is a vast network of terminals and berths handling some 35 million tonnes of cargo each year
Extensive and modern port facilities
Spanning both sides of the Western Scheldt in Zeeland as well as the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal, the port facilities of Zeeland Seaports handle some 35 million tonnes of cargo each year. The deepwater Port of Vlissingen was originally built to serve the needs of heavy industry, although today it has diversified into a truly multipurpose facility. Meanwhile, the Port of Terneuzen, situated at the entrance to the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal, has quays and terminals fronting the Western Scheldt as well as behind the locks in the canal.
Vlissingen Covering an area of 2,400 hectares, Vlissingen is home to a wide range of
dedicated cargo handling terminal operators plus major industrial facilities. It is located just a few kilometres from the North Sea on the north bank of the Western Scheldt. Principal cargoes handled at Vlissingen include new cars, forest products, food and feed, containers, oil and oil products, chemicals, solid fuel and ores, fertilizers, metals, minerals and project cargo. Its metal handling facilities are LME-accredited. Vlissingen is the largest port for forest products in Europe, although it handles virtually every type of cargo, regardless of size or weight. Large volumes of raw materials for chemical plants and other industrial companies
construction to provide access for larger vessels. Principal cargoes handled at Terneuzen include oil and oil products; chemicals; dry bulks such as fertilizers; metals, minerals and ores; and forest products. One of the regionâ€™s key sectors is the chemical industry, which relies heavily on the first-rate infrastructure of Terneuzen and its network of quality support services.
are imported and exported by sea for distribution throughout Europe and beyond from Vlissingen. In addition, because of its deepwater quays and easy access, a growing area of business for Vlissingen is the offshore sector, especially support services for the construction of wind farms.
Terneuzen The Terneuzen port area stretches from the deepwater Braakman Harbour by the Western Scheldt to the industrial town of Sas van Gent area on the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal. It covers about 2,200 hectares with some 5 km of quays. The lock system at the canal entrance accepts seagoing vessels up to 265 metres in length, 37 metres in breadth and 12.5 metres draught. A new lock is under
The port areas are surrounded by worldclass companies that have chosen Terneuzen as their European production and distribution base. The area has also become a centre for sustainable industries and green activities. It complements the cargo hub activities of the Port of Vlissingen, although several companies such as Ovet and Verbrugge have operations in both ports. Terneuzen has dedicated sites for the chemical industry and logistics companies in Valuepark Terneuzen. It also leads the way in sustainable development thanks to a series of public-private partnerships. A good example is Biopark Terneuzen, a centre for the biotechnology industry
The ports are located close to the North Sea and there is no shortage of logistics companies offering services to and from Zeeland
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first-class infrastructure and services With its central and strategic location, Zeeland Seaports is able to offer excellent transport links with the hinterland, allowing cargo to be moved by road, rail, inland waterway and sea with maximum efficiency. The ports are located close to the North Sea and there is no shortage of logistics companies offering services to and from Zeeland. In addition, development land is available for cargo hubs.
The ports are ideal locations, too, for transhipment traffic destined for other northern European ports, Scandinavia, the UK and Iberia. Zeelandâ€™s main highways allow heavy traffic to move freely through the mostly rural landscape. From Vlissingen the A58/ E312 connects with other key routes, while Terneuzen has equally good access to Belgian and French markets.
The ports are linked by the N62 via the Western Scheldt Road Tunnel, which has reduced journey time between the two ports to less than 30 minutes. The new Sluiskil Tunnel under the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal opened in May 2015, making the north-south connection even better. The Sluiskil Tunnel comprises two tunnels of two lanes each with link roads totalling 6 km. The Sloeweg between the A58 and the N254 leading to the Western Scheldt Tunnel is also being improved, with dual roads expecting to be complete by mid 2016. When complete, there will be a direct link between Goes and Ghent, with no delays. This is a vital route for the ports of Zeeland Seaports. These developments are part of an extensive road building programme in the region, leading to shorter transit times and congestion-free access to the port areas.
Direct links The rail network connecting the Netherlands with Germany includes various facilities at both Terneuzen and Vlissingen. Vlissingen has direct links to the European rail network, while lines from Terneuzen go via Ghent.
The Netherlands has the densest network of inland waterways in Europe, with some 2,200 km used commercially by Class IV barges and higher. About 40 per cent of international freight movements to and from Dutch ports are carried via the waterway system to destinations as far away as the Black Sea. The Dutch inland waterway network provides links to other Dutch ports as well as further afield, even as far as Paris via the SeineScheldt link, parts of which are still under construction.
Liner services There is a wide choice of liner shipping services providing regular links between Zeeland Seaports and other major ports around the world. Countries served: Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Finland, Germany, Guyana, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Suriname, Turkey, Uruguay, the UK and the USA.
For details of specific liner services, please visit: www.zeelandseaports.com
DB Schenker Rail Nederland is the largest freight operator, serving all the major Dutch seaports on a daily basis including Terneuzen and Vlissingen.
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First-rate multimodal connections with the hinterland
Many logistics providers and haulage companies have bases in Terneuzen and Vlissingen
Both Terneuzen and Vlissingen benefit from first-rate transport links with the hinterland, allowing cargo to be moved by road, rail, inland waterway and sea with maximum efficiency. The two ports are close to the North Sea and, with the major ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam in close proximity, there is no shortage of logistics companies offering services to and from Zeeland. Many logistics providers and haulage companies have bases in Terneuzen and Vlissingen. They handle everything from containers to refrigerated cargo to liquid bulks to project and specialised cargoes. In addition, development land is available in both port areas for cargo hubs. Terneuzen and Vlissingen are ideal locations for transhipment cargoes destined for other north European ports, Iberia, the UK and Scandinavia.
Road Zeelandâ€™s main highways run east-west and north-south, allowing heavy traffic to move freely through the mostly rural landscape. For example, from Vlissingen the A58/E312 connects with other key routes, allowing trucks
to complete the 245 km journey to Duisburg, in the heart of the Ruhr, in less than three hours. Europoort is a similar distance away. Terneuzen has equally good connections with the European road network and is well placed to serve Belgian and French markets. Improvements to the N62, which links Vlissingen with Terneuzen via the 6.6 km Western Scheldt Tunnel, has reduced the journey time between the two ports to less than 30 minutes. The highway has now been dualled throughout. A new road tunnel under the GhentTerneuzen Canal, the Sluiskil Tunnel, was opened in May 2015. This will make the north-south connection even faster. Together with the planned dualling of the Tractaatweg between Terneuzen and the Belgium border, the dualling of the Sloeweg between Goes and the Westerscheldetunnel will provide an uninterrupted dual highway between Goes and Ghent when it is fully opened in 2016.
Rail The rail network connecting the Netherlands with Germany offers a range of transport solutions, with facilities at both Terneuzen and Vlissingen for cargo handling companies.
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Zeeland Seaports wants to encourage greater use of the rail network with a view to protecting the environment. There are initiatives in the province to promote rail transport. Vlissingen has direct links to the European rail network, while lines from Terneuzen go via Ghent. The largest freight operator, DB Schenker Rail Nederland, is part of the transport and logistics division of Deutsche Bahn AG, an international logistics services provider with major interests in forwarding, air freight, seaborne cargo, road haulage and rail transport. DB Schenker Rail is responsible for rail transport operations on the European Continent. This is reinforced by the group’s presence on major international transport routes, allowing it to offer competitive transport solutions. Investing in multivoltage locomotives has made it possible to operate non-stop cross-border services. The company’s trains serve all the major Dutch seaports, including Terneuzen and Vlissingen, on a daily basis. Its activities include the storage and processing terminals in these ports, while in the hinterland it also serves several large companies located in major industrial centres.
Barge The Netherlands has Europe’s densest network of inland waterways, with some 2,200 km used commercially by Class IV barges and higher. Inland waterways offer the most efficient and reliable means of transport. About 40 per cent of international freight movements to and from Dutch ports are carried via the waterway system deep into the European hinterland and as far as the Black Sea. The waterways serving Zeeland Seaports are designated Inland Waterways of International Importance (E waterways) by the United Nations. Those serving Terneuzen and Vlissingen/ Western Scheldt – the E03 and E04 waterways respectively – are regarded as the main elements of the E waterway network. Currently, E waterways must be able to accommodate the basic requirements of Class IV Johann Welker barges, whose minimum dimensions are 80 to 85 metres x 9.5 metres and of 1,000 to 1,500 dwt. As the network is modernised, however, the minimum dimensions must satisfy the larger Class Va Rhine barges (95 to 110 metres x 11.4 metres and 1,500 to 3,000 dwt)
Pacorini Metals has been a real success story for Zeeland Seaports
Diversification of services strengthens Pacorini Metals The company has expanded its operations year on year since it began in 2000 and is now diversifying its range of services to continue the growth of the company. On a global scale, Pacorini Metals is a leading player in the storage and transhipment of non-ferrous metals. In addition to this principal activity, the company handles other commodities such as plastics, ferrous metals, ferro alloys and perishable commodities. Pacorini Metals BV is part of the Pacorini Metals Group in Switzerland, which is owned by the Glencore Group, one of the worldâ€™s largest traders in non-ferro. The group now consists of more than 40 companies worldwide. The non-ferrous products stored at Pacoriniâ€™s London Metal Exchange (LME) accredited facilities originate from all over the world
including Russia, Canada, South America, China and the Middle East. From storage, they are distributed across Europe. As well as extending its facilities and offices, the company has acquired a shore crane of 100 tonnes capacity. The warehouse has capacity to store 2.4 million tonnes of aluminium. While metal handling constitutes 90 per cent of the companyâ€™s activities in Vlissingen and Rotterdam, it is gradually diversifying its operations to include many other activities. In 2012 the Group acquired Access Freight in South Africa, which specialises in handling commodities into and out of sub-Saharan Africa. It moves metals, minerals, agricultural and project cargo and is competent in both inbound and outbound logistics services, as well as providing warehousing, freight forwarding and customs brokerage services
An astounding 51 per cent of the port’s throughput is carried inland by barge
Largest inland waterways port in the Netherlands
Six per cent of cargo leaving Zeeland Seaports goes by rail, 17 per cent is transferred to another oceangoing vessel and 26 per cent goes by road. That leaves an astounding 51 per cent of the port’s throughput carried by barge, making it the largest inland port complex in the Netherlands. The Netherlands has the densest canal network in Europe with some 2,200 km of inland waterways used commercially by Class IV barges and higher. Inland waterways offer the most efficient and reliable means of transport. About 40 per cent of international freight movements to and from Dutch ports are carried via the waterway system deep into the European hinterland and as far as the Black Sea. The waterways serving Zeeland Seaports are designated Inland Waterways of International
Importance (E waterways) by the United Nations. Those serving Terneuzen and Vlissingen/ Western Scheldt – the E03 and E04 waterways respectively – are regarded as the main elements of the E waterway network. Currently, E waterways must be able to accommodate the basic requirements of Class IV Johann Welker barges, of 1,000 to 1,500 dwt, with minimum dimensions of 80 to 85 metres x 9.5 metres. As the network is modernised, however, the minimum dimensions must satisfy the larger Class Va Rhine barges (1,500 to 3,000 dwt and 95 to 110 metres x 11.4 metres). The main waterway routes from Zeeland’s ports are: • The Ghent-Terneuzen Canal. Links the port of Terneuzen with the River Scheldt.
• The Scheldt-Rhine Canal. Provides a 37 km short cut between the River Scheldt, Antwerp and Rotterdam. • The Zuid-Beveland Canal. To the west of the Scheldt-Rhine Canal, this 100 metre wide waterway provides an alternative route to Rotterdam. • The Walcheren Canal. Connects the River Scheldt and Vlissingen with Middelburg and the Veerse Meer and gives access to the European waterway system. • The Seine Nord Europe Canal. This €4.7 billion scheme, due for completion in 2022/2023, is designed to connect the rivers Seine and Scheldt via an important link between Compiègne and Cambrai to enable Class Vb vessels of 4,400 dwt to navigate between the Zeeland Seaports and Paris. At the moment that limit is 600 dwt. It is anticipated that the Seine Nord Europe Canal will handle about 10 million tonnes of cargo in its first year, later growing to 30 million tonnes a year.
Initiatives To encourage the use of inland waterway navigation Zeeland Seaports has invested in quayside power cabinets, Wi-Fi and extra holding points. This has made the ports an attractive place for barges to moor. In March 2014 Zeeland Seaports launched Intermodal Planner (www.intermodalplanner.eu), an internet-based application that allows transport companies to determine the optimum route for their cargo. It includes information from some 60 operators. Upon entering origin and destination, the application will suggest various routes. It also allows direct booking with companies when the preferred route is chosen. In 2013 Zeeland Seaports joined the European Federation of Inland Ports, which promotes the interests of some 200 inland ports across Europe, to showcase the benefits of inland waterway navigation to and from Zeeland. In 2014 a total of 35 million tonnes of cargo was transported from Zeeland Seaports by barge. Its ambition is for this to increase to 40 million tonnes by 2020
Zeeland Seaports has long been a promoter of inland navigation as a sustainable mode of transport. It takes vehicles off roads, produces less pollution and causes less congestion. Zeeland Seaports also handles a lot of dry and wet bulk cargoes, ideal for barge transport. The port company is looking at new initiatives to transport containers and other general cargo by barge to the main transhipment hubs of Rotterdam and Antwerp, replacing the current trend for truck traffic. It wants to develop shuttle services and is looking at initiatives to bring more container traffic to the ports, such as Reefer Port Zeeland, in Vlissingen, a cluster of producers, transporters, stevedores and exporters of temperature controlled products. More barges equals more transhipment opportunities.
Attractive and dynamic
region of opportunity The Province of Zeeland consists of a range of islands and a coastal strip bordering Belgium The region is intersected by the Oosterschelde and Westerschelde (the Eastern Scheldt and Western Scheldt rivers) and about one-third of the province is water. This remarkable geographical dynamic is complemented by a diverse industrial base that continues to offer an attractive and dynamic range of opportunities. The provincial government, Provincie Zeeland, is located in the regional capital, Middelburg. One of its main aims is to promote innovation and sustainable development of its key strengths, which include the bio-based economy and aquaculture. The bio-based economy is embedded in the DNA of the region. Zeeland
has an ambition to be one of the leading biobased regions in Europe. Recognising the important role that the physical composition of the Delta region plays in the activities of the bio-based economy and aquaculture sector, the Province of Zeeland has coined the slogan ‘Land in Zee!’ (‘land in sea’). There are many coastal provinces in the Netherlands, but only one that is IN the sea.
Borsele While the municipality of Borsele is situated largely in the national conservation area of the Zak van Zuid-Beveland, it is also home to a diverse industrial and business community
that includes a large part of the Zeeland Seaports port area, in which the Gemeente is a 16.67 per cent shareholder. The municipality is run by Gemeente Borsele, which operates out of the picturesque village of Heinkenszand. There are 15 villages in Borsele and about 22,500 inhabitants. The municipality also features the Western Scheldt Tunnel, linking the region to Terneuzen. Borsele is home to some 1,200 businesses, large and small. In addition, there are several business parks, ideal for start-ups, especially in the logistics and transport sectors.
Terneuzen Daily life in Terneuzen is characterised largely by the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal, which runs through the municipality and generates much of its economic prosperity. Commercial life on either side of the canal is a mix of industrial, chemical and logistics activities. Terneuzen, the regionâ€™s largest municipality, has a population of about 55,000 people
and is a hive of economic activity. Several industrial estates accommodate large international companies as well as small specialised businesses. Employment prospects are good in the various sectors. A major success in Terneuzen has been the Bio Base Europe Training Centre, which promotes the development of a sustainable bio-based economy.
Vlissingen Vlissingen, the second-largest town in the Zeeland region, is home to some 45,000 inhabitants. Maritime activities are central to its daily life owing to its strategic location at the mouth of the Western Scheldt. The municipal authority, Gemeente Vlissingen, is working hard to secure a prosperous future for the town. Various projects are under way or being planned to maintain the status of Vlissingen as a great place to live, work and relax
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The Terneuzen region has a lot to offer
Nurturing a strong
business environment The Terneuzen region has a lot to offer, with an international character that continues to attract long-term and short-term residents, visitors, businesses and employees. Daily life is characterised largely by the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal, which divides the region in half and generates most of the municipalityâ€™s economic prosperity. Industrial life on either side of the canal is a mix of industrial, chemical and logistics activities.
Hive of activity Terneuzen, the regionâ€™s largest municipality, has a population of about 55,000 people and is a hive of commercial activity, with its seaport at the economic heart of the region. Several industrial estates accommodate large international companies such as
Cargill, Dow Benelux and Yara as well as small specialised businesses. Employment prospects are good in the various sectors, ranging from services to hospitality, from health care to education and from construction to retail. The excellent business climate in the area creates first-rate opportunities for industrial and port-related businesses. For other businesses, too, the prospects are equally promising. The region has ample space for start-ups and expanding businesses. The municipality, Gemeente Terneuzen, is responsible for allocating and selling land to new start-up operations. It has many suitable locations, giving entrepreneurs plenty of choice. Much of the development space is former agricultural land that has been reassigned to industry.
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Any new business venture can be assured of a helping hand from one of the municipal business contacts at Gemeente Terneuzen. The region is home to a surprisingly diverse range of companies in the business zone, and unemployment is low compared with much of the Netherlands.
Initiative The Bio Base Europe Training Centre is a recent initiative in Terneuzen. It is an education and exhibition centre promoting the development of a sustainable bio-based economy. Gemeente Terneuzen is one of 25 parties involved in this project and, after a few teething troubles, it is operating well. Terneuzen is not just about work, however. There are ample opportunities for leisure and tourism in the local area. Popular activities include boating, golf, indoor skiing, shopping, gliding and canoeing. There is a network of cycling and walking routes, covering everything from big polder landscapes and traditional seaport towns to modern industrial areas. This is a pleasant area in which to live and work. There is virtually no congestion, so traffic runs smoothly at all times of day. House prices are among the lowest in the Netherlands. Terneuzen has several marinas and swimming pools and the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal provides a spectacular and everchanging backdrop, especially at Sluiskil and Sas van Gent, where the passing ships are almost close enough to touch. Various cultural events are held each year in a region rich in history and the arts. The Jazz Festival, Film by the Sea, the Letâ€™s Go outdoor dance festival, the harbour days and the mussel festivities bring in visitors from far and wide to enjoy all that Terneuzen has to offer. The town also has 10 interesting museums.
Transport Future developments in the region include dualling of the main road between Ghent and Terneuzen, which will make it a lot easier to commute to and from Ghent, the largest city in the wider region. A new road tunnel under the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal was opened in May 2015. Furthermore, a new lock, the Nieuwe Sluis, is under construction and is expected to be ready by 2021. This will allow larger vessels to transit the canal to Ghent and ultimately will bring more trade from the hinterland through the Terneuzen region. Transport networks are well established and the area is well connected to neighbouring centres of population. The Belgian cities of Antwerp, Bruges and Ghent are just a short drive away, while the northern Zeeland region is easily accessible via the Western Scheldt Tunnel
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While the municipality is situated largely in the national conservation area of the Zak van Zuid-Beveland, it is also home to a diverse industrial and business community
Dynamic region with a
vibrant business community Borsele is a land of contrasts. While the municipality is situated largely in the national conservation area of the Zak van Zuid-Beveland, it is also home to a diverse industrial and business community that includes a large part of the Vlissingen port complex. The municipality is run by Gemeente Borsele, which operates out of the picturesque village of Heinkenszand, surrounded by green fields and open space. In spite of its industrial residents, this is a very green-orientated municipality.
Gemeente Borsele aims to meld the municipalityâ€™s contrasts into a single whole, making quality of life in the small centres an important focus. Nearly every village has at least a community centre, a playground and a sports complex. Borsele, however, aims not only at quality of life but also at innovation. The municipality is working all the time on new projects and on economic development. There are 15 villages in Borsele, accommodating some 22,500 inhabitants.
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The municipality covers about 19,000 hectares, of which 15,000 hectares is land and 4,000 hectares is the Western Scheldt estuary. Heinkenszand and â€™s-Gravenpolder are the two largest towns, each with about 5,000 inhabitants, while the smallest village is Ellewoutsdijk, with just over 400 residents. The municipality also includes the Western Scheldt Tunnel, linking the region with Terneuzen, which has opened up many new areas for commerce.
Opportunity Borsele is also a land of opportunity. It is already home to some 1,200 businesses, large and small, as well as to farmers working the land. It encompasses a large part of the Port of Vlissingen and the municipality is a 16.67 per cent shareholder in Zeeland Seaports. In addition, there are several business parks, ideal for start-ups, especially in the logistics and transport sectors. Agriculture, especially fruit growing and farming, is important to the local economy. For example, Borsele accounts for about 75 per cent of the total Netherlands production of blackcurrants. However, most of the local workforce is employed in other sectors such as manufacturing and the service industries.
Companies in Borsele operate across a wide range of sectors, from the metal industry to the wholesale trade and from transport to the processing of agricultural produce. The retail sector is also well represented in Borsele.
Green Gemeente Borsele promotes itself as a green council because of the attractive natural surroundings in most of the municipality. The Zak van Zuid-Beveland is a region of outstanding natural beauty characterised by a unique small-scale polder landscape with winding dykes, streams, pools and manmade mounds called terps. Borsele is also a popular tourist destination that attracts visitors from all over the Netherlands as well as from neighbouring countries. With its wide-open, scenic landscapes, the area is especially popular with cyclists and ramblers and there are special routes to cater for them. In addition, a steam train service, running on a preserved line between Goes and Hoedekenskerke, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the region. Borsele has several museums, including the Tractor Museum, the Zeeland Liberation Museum and an old-time sweetshop called â€™t Wienkeltje van Wullempje
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The strategic location of Zeeland Seaports, with fast and efficient access to the Dutch and Belgian hinterland, makes it ideal for general cargo whether in bulk or breakbulk form CONTAINERS RORO handling, FOOD
Perfectly placed for
OFFSHORE BREAKBULK expert cargo handling The port areas of both Vlissingen and
OFFSHORE FOOD Terneuzen are linked to uncongested
transport networks, offering fast and straightforward onshipment of cargo to final destination.
In addition, the ports offer a level of expertise second to none, with top-quality stevedoring, logistics and storage services. INDUSTRY
Dry bulks For dry bulks there are spacious docks with direct access to the open sea. Stevedores and storage companies specialise in specific cargoes such as coal, raw minerals and fertilizers. There are efficient transport connections with the hinterland by rail, motorway and inland waterway. Work is going on all the time to improve port access and infrastructure still further. The Kaloothaven in Vlissingen allows dry bulk
carriers with a draught of up to 16.5 metres to berth. A new loading station has enhanced rail freight services to the German hinterland, while the arrival of the Sluiskil Tunnel will speed up road traffic heading south. While Zeeland Seaports has a lot of storage areas for dry bulk, it also has the capabilities to also assist the setting up or expansion of production and stevedoring companies for shortsea shipping lines. Dedicated terminals for dry bulk cargo include Ovet BV, Verbrugge Terminals BV and Sagro.
Liquid bulks Liquid bulk traffic continues to play an important role in the ports of Zeeland. There has been extensive development and modernisation of tank storage and terminal facilities in both Vlissingen and Terneuzen,
especially by companies active in the storage and handling of petrochemical products or vegetable oils and fats. A new storage facility for liquid fertilizer has also been opened, adding to the ever-growing fertilizer cluster in the Zeeland ports. Jetty capacity in the Braakmanhaven has also been increased substantially, so more vessels can tranship their liquid bulk cargoes. In addition, Biopark Terneuzen is putting a lot of effort into biofuels and the use of residual heat. Dedicated terminals for liquid bulk include Oiltanking Terneuzen BV, Verbrugge Terminals BV, Vesta Terminal Flushing BV and Vopak.
Breakbulk Zeeland Seaports has the flexibility to process a wide range of breakbulk cargo quickly and efficiently thanks to its trimodal connection to the hinterland and the presence of specialist logistics service providers.
Food Zeeland Seaports is an up-and-coming player in the food handling industry. Foodport Vlissingen in the Bijleveldhaven is a flourishing centre for specialists in handling food products and refrigerated containers. The Food Port has cold stores, packing stations and stevedoring services. Within this growing food cluster, Zeeland Seaports is constantly on the lookout for companies that can provide added value. Bananas and other fruit, fruit juices, onions, potatoes, dairy produce, meat and fish are all shipped in and out of the Zeeland port ports. Zeeland Seaports has a growing reputation for efficient handling of these cargoes or products. A lot of these food products demand rapid transport and Zeeland has efficient connections to Belgium, northern France and Germany.
Dedicated terminals for food include Kloosterboer Vlissingen and ZZ Coldstores
Zeeland Seaports has acquired a leading role as a storage and handling location for wood pulp and aluminium, for example. Partly as a result of this, the Zeeland ports have become a leading storage and handling location for forest products and metals including, for example, wood pulp and aluminium. Zeeland Seaports recognises there is ample scope for growth in the breakbulk markets. Developments in world trade and new trends in logistics have led to a demand for more space in seaports, and this is readily available in the Zeeland ports. In addition, shipping companies benefit from its central location and shorter sailing distances. Dedicated breakbulk terminals: Mammoet Multipurpose Terminal Terneuzen, Pacorini Metals Vlissingen, Supermaritime Nederland, Verbrugge Terminals, BOW Terminal.
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Proven experience as a
centre of offshore expertise
Zeeland Seaports is ideally located to serve companies involved in the North Sea offshore sector and has built a reputation for reliable, safe and fast services across the industry
Numerous wind farms and oil and gas projects are easily accessible from the Western Scheldt. More than 25 offshore wind farms have made use of Zeeland INDUSTRY Seaports for assembly, construction and logistics operations. Direct deepwater access, fast supply chain links and an extensive range of specialist companies have fostered a growing range of private companies working in the offshore sector.
Encouraging the offshore sector has become a major focus for Zeeland Seaports. These projects require large areas of storage and involve the transportation of huge volumes of materials by sea and land. Zeeland Seaports has proved itself a perfect base for such operations. With open deepsea access, a depth of 16.5 metres, negligible tidal restrictions and no
bridges or locks, Vlissingen is particularly well placed for wind farm support and construction services. Many successful projects have already been carried out, with further operations in progress or planned for the future. In addition, there is ample space left for further operations to be based in Vlissingen. Zeeland Seaports also provides plenty of opportunities for commercial activity within the offshore cluster. The ports have become a hub for complex engineering and fabrication work, as well as providing a strategic location for maintenance and supply bases for North Sea installations. There are now some 20 companies based in Zeeland Seaports dedicated to the offshore sector, embracing both large and small operations. Major operators include: • BOW Terminal (Breakbulk & Offshore Wind Terminal): 25 hectare facility for offshorerelated activities alongside a 525 metre quay. • Heerema: Fabrication yard specially equipped for EPC(I) topsides projects up to and including 3,500 tonnes and jacket constructions of all sizes.
• Verbrugge Terminals: Storage areas for wind farm parts, crane rental and heavy lift, onshore logistics, 2.6 metre quay with a draught of 14.5 metres. • VDS Offshore Construction Terminal, storage and handling of project cargo, construction of parts for the offshore wind industry. Other support companies include Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen, De Schroef Shipyard, Hoondert, Multraship Towage & Salvage, Supermaritime, Van Oord and Sagro.
Projects Zeeland Seaports has attracted some sizeable projects over the years and this trend is continuing. These include work on the largest offshore wind farm in the Netherlands, Project Gemini. The wind turbine foundations will be handled from BOW Terminal in Vlissingen. Meanwhile, Damen Shiprepair has performed a world ‘first’ in the offshore industry by lengthening the three legs of a drilling rig at a height of 160 metres. Other operations include large-scale projects such as Gina Krog field, the London Array and mobilising the heavy construction vessel ‘Seven Borealis’
• Mammoet Multipurpose Terminal: Specialist in heavy lifts and multimodal transport in Terneuzen.
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The Zeeland ports are ideally placed to take advantage by offering first-rate logistics and transport services
World-class base for offshore industry With a series of major wind parks being developed off the Dutch, British and Belgian coasts, the Zeeland ports are ideally placed to take advantage by offering first-rate logistics and transport services as well as an abundance of open areas for start-up operations. Vessels calling Vlissingen to load or discharge large structures or parts can benefit from straightforward navigation to deepwater quays, unhindered by locks or bridges. The main advantage of Vlissingen is its location close to the North Sea and within easy reach of Belgium, northern France, the United Kingdom and even Germany and Denmark. Many components for wind generator parts are made in the local area and these manufacturers often look to the ports for temporary storage of monopiles, transition pieces and other large items. Companies such as BOW Terminal and Verbrugge Terminals offer the space and facilities needed for efficient transport, and have developed specialised services to deal with this type of cargo. The region also contains many companies specialising in areas such as large-scale steel construction, heavy transport and
towage, all of which play a key part in the transport chain. Zeeland Seaports is no mere onlooker where wind parks are concerned; it takes an active role in encouraging growth within its own boundaries as well as developing a plan for an offshore wind park along the coast. Together with five other parties from Zeeland, the port company has developed the Zeeland Offshore Wind Project. Zeeland Seaports is collaborating on the project with Delta NV, Heerema, Verbrugge Terminals, Zeeuwind and the Zeeland Environment Federation (ZMF).
BOW Terminal BOW Terminal (Breakbulk & Offshore Wind Terminal) began operations in 2010 to serve the growing market in offshore heavy lift energy projects. It focuses on wind farms and oil and gas platforms. Its 25 hectare facility is located alongside a 525 metre quay. The site was developed specially for offshore activities, including office facilities for customersâ€™ representatives. Services include both open and covered facilities for storage and transhipment of parts for various projects. There is a 1,200
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tonne crane. A logistics team is available round the clock. BOW Terminal has provided support for the construction of three wind farms along the English coast. One of these is the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm, commissioned by Statoil, of Norway. In 2013 BOW Terminal handled wind turbine piles destined for the DanTysk Wind Farm on the German-Danish border. DanTysk is a joint venture between Vattenfall and Stadtwerke M端nchen (SVM). In 2014 they won the contract to handle the foundations for Project Gemini, the largest offshore wind farm in the Netherlands.
Heerema Vlissingen The Heerema Vlissingen fabrication facility is equipped for carrying out EPC(I) topsides projects up to and including 3,500 tonnes and all sizes of jacket constructions. The yard has unrestricted access to the sea. The 200,000 square metre construction site has a 720 metre quayside, of which 450 metres is available for large load-outs. It also has an assembly hall measuring 100 x 37 x 390 metres with a lifting capacity of 40 tonnes.
Verbrugge Verbrugge Terminals has storage areas for wind farm parts at both Zeeland Terminal and Scaldia Terminal. It has also formed a strategic partnership with the crane rental and heavy lift specialist Sarens to develop onshore logistics for offshore wind farm projects. Since 2009 the company has handled five major projects involving foundations for wind turbines including logistics for the Luchterduinen wind farm 23 miles off the coast. In total, the company has 200 hectares of storage alongside 3 km of quay with a draught of 14.5 metres. The seabed in front of the quay is also suitable for accommodating jack-up vessels
Verbrugge Terminals can also receive wind turbines and hopes to attract more of this business in the future
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RORO DRY BULK CONTAINERS LIQUIDZeeland BULK Seaports handles about 400,000
containers each year, even though there is no dedicated deepsea container BREAKBULK RORO terminal
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Sizeable container INDUSTRY throughput OFFSHORE sets scene for hub FOOD status In the wider region encompassing Rotterdam, Antwerp, Nijmegen and INDUSTRY Eindhoven, over 2.5 million containers are handled each year, so there is plenty of scope for Zeeland’s throughput to expand, especially in view of its favourable location close to the sea and with deepwater access and a congestion-free road network. The potential of Vlissingen as a port of call for the world’s largest containerships is still not in doubt. With its excellent links and easy access to the North Sea, Vlissingen is the best location for a new terminal in the ARA region. More and more companies are based in Terneuzen and Vlissingen, so there is an urgent need for the port to be able to handle containerised imports and exports. All these details point to the need for a container terminal to serve the port’s existing and future clients. Over the next decade Zeeland Seaports has forecast even more container traffic, in line with the global trend towards ever-larger containerships, including some bulk goods that traditionally were shipped loose.
It has long been a vision of Zeeland Seaports to have its own dedicated container terminal; but worldwide economic changes have made the earlier vision impractical. The concept of the Western Scheldt Container Terminal (WCT), right outside the port area of Vlissingen, has been put on the back burner and smaller, shorter-term options are being considered. Shipping companies need a terminal where they can load and discharge goods quickly and easily, and discussions are continuing in the port to find the best solution for all parties. It is hoped that by the end of 2015 a terminal will be in operation in Vlissingen, allowing customers to use the port as a container hub. Transhipment is another possible growth area, along with value added logistics, industrial activities and developments in the offshore sector. Currently, most of the containers are transhipped by barge.
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Intermodal Planner Since early 2014 a new tool called Intermodal Planner has been available for shippers using the Zeeland Seaports. By using the website www.intermodaplanner.eu companies can determine the best route for transporting containers to and from the ports of Zeeland. The website offers the user simple and fast door-to-door transport solutions. The origin and destination of the container are entered into the system and the user is presented with all possible routes and transport modalities. This tool is seen by many as a first step towards positioning Zeeland Seaports as a container hub.
The current facilities ensure that ro-ro cargo can be loaded and discharged rapidly and efficiently, and there are several dedicated terminals where ro-ro vessels can moor. Chief among these vessels are car carriers discharging imported vehicles. The port offers further services to optimise its ro-ro handling. They include pre-delivery inspection areas where vehicles are prepared for delivery to local markets. For ro-ro operators and users, Zeeland Seaports has a rare commodity: room for growth. There is enough capacity to cope with the arrival of many new cargo streams in the coming years. The competitive costs of setting up have already attracted many operators
Zeeland Seaports is a logical choice for ro-ro supply chains thanks to a favourable location at the mouth of the Western Scheldt together with rapid handling of ro-ro ships and congestion-free links to the hinterland.
LIQUID BULKbulks account for a significant proportion of Liquid
cargo throughput for Zeeland Seaports
Major players boost
Zeelandâ€™s liquid bulk traffic
In all, about 12 million tonnes of liquid bulk BREAKBULK traffic is handled each year by various major operators. About two-thirds of this total is oil products and one third is chemicals.
Various companies are active in this sector in both Terneuzen and Vlissingen including global players such as Vopak Terminal FOOD Vlissingen, Oiltanking Terneuzen and Vesta Terminal Flushing.
INDUSTRY Specialised Vesta Terminal Flushing is the only specialised liquid bulk operator in Vlissingen. Its core activity is the storage and handling of petroleum products, including tailor-made services such as blending and dyeing of products to customer requirements. Vesta also stores products in dedicated tanks for various national oil reserve agencies.
to 40,000 cubic metres. Stainless steel and mild steel as well as low-pressure tanks are available, all equipped with dedicated connections to jetties and the loading racks for road tankers and rail tank wagons. Vopak Terminal Vlissingen operates eight tanks for liquefied gas ranging in size from 3,300 cubic metres to 55,000 cubic metres and has a total capacity of 131,400 cubic metres. There is a range of services on offer including blending, chilling, nitrogen blanketing, purging and stenching.
Apart from liquid bulks, other products such as liquid fertilizers (at VLT) and chemicals (at TPT) are also handled at Zeeland Seaports
Vesta has over 390,000 cubic metres of capacity in 27 tanks for storage of petroleum products and biofuels in Vlissingen. The tanks range in size from 1,000 cubic metres to 32,000 cubic metres. Its facilities in Vlissingen include four jetties capable of handling barges and vessels of up to 70,000 dwt. Depth alongside the Sloehaven terminal has been increased to 12.5 metres. Oiltanking Terneuzen has deepsea port facilities for vessels up to 132,000 dwt alongside its state-of-the art terminal with a capacity of 472,500 cubic metres. Tanks range in size from 1,000 cubic metres up
Sustainability is an active component INDUSTRY INDUSTRY
of all operations in Zeeland Seaports
Improving sustainability of port-related industries A key focus for Zeeland Seaports is encouraging and helping companies in the region to develop sustainable operations and improve the sustainability of existing industries in the region. These companies focus on the use and reuse of residual flows of commodities such as carbon dioxide, gas, heat, biodiesel, electricity and (hot) water to other users. Zeeland Seaports is aiming to realise sustainable smart links between companies in the port areas. A good example is the link between the Zeeland Refinery, COVRA and Martens Cleaning in which Zeeland Refinery
supplies the other two companies with residual heat. Yara Sluiskil supplies residual heat and CO2 to the Glastuinbouw ZeeuwsVlaanderen greenhouse complex.
Development However, the development of a market for trading in such flows can be achieved only if there is sufficient infrastructure, both physical and organisational, to link the various users with each other
Valuepark Terneuzen is a 50-50 joint venture between Zeeland Seaports and the chemical giant Dow Benelux
Integrated chemical park offers many benefits A chemical and logistics industrial park, Valuepark Terneuzen, was established as a 50-50 joint venture between Zeeland Seaports and the chemical giant Dow Benelux. As an integrated chemical site, the Valuepark offers first-rate opportunities for achieving economies of scale, reducing the amount of handling and transport activities and achieving success through co-operation with other stakeholders. Companies settling at the 140 hectare Valuepark can benefit both from the logistics expertise of Zeeland Seaports and from the proximity of the Dow Benelux complex. For businesses that use Dow’s intermediate or derivative products, being based at the park offers many benefits. Dow’s manufacturing facility at Terneuzen is its largest outside the United States. It encompasses a 1.7 million tonne per year
cracker complex together with 26 plants producing a range of chemicals and materials. The Valuepark is divided into a 110 hectare chemical manufacturing site and a 30 hectare logistics park. A total of 80 hectares is still available for further investment.
Chemical hub The Valuepark has rapidly positioned itself as a European chemical hub, having attracted major companies such as Bertschi, Katoen Natie, Oiltanking, Ravago and SGS Nederland. Zeeland Seaports’ role in the joint venture is to develop the site infrastructure as well as working with Dow to market the site to potential investors. On-site facilities include a cogeneration plant, water supply, waste water removal facilities and the supply of industrial oxygen and nitrogen
An innovative approach to
Biopark Terneuzen represents a fresh INDUSTRY INDUSTRY
approach to agro-industrial sustainability
Established in February 2007 in an area with a strong industrial base – with electrical, engineering, petrochemical and shipbuilding sectors – Biopark exploits key synergies between businesses located in the same area. Biopark maximises the potential for companies to exchange by-products and waste products and use them as feedstock, energy and utility supplements in their own production processes. These ‘smart links’ challenge the traditional notions of sustainability and offer an innovative approach to good stewardship of the environment and its resources. The concept was partly initiated by Zeeland Seaports, which regards it as a logical extension of its overall responsibility. Many companies are already engaging in mutually beneficial long-term projects. For example, Yara (ammonia and mineral fertilizers) and Glastuinbouw ZeeuwsVlaanderen (greenhouses) are linked by pipelines that allow them to interchange and reuse by-products and waste products.
These bio-complementary partnerships combine to help conserve non-renewable resources, exploit the recoverable value of resources after first use, and reduce the waste and pollution burden.
Initiative Another bio-based initiative in the region is Bio Base Europe, a joint initiative by Biopark Terneuzen and Ghent Bio-Energy Valley to build state-of-the-art research and training facilities to speed up economic growth and provide more capacity for innovation and sustainable bio-based development. At Bio Base Europe, various parties work together by sharing equipment, knowledge and insights while also guaranteeing confidentiality. Pilot projects can be carried out on behalf of customers in the chemical, agro-industrial, energy and food sectors all over the world. The Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant is located in Ghent, while the Bio Base Europe Training Centre is in Terneuzen
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Valuepark Terneuzen is a chemical INDUSTRY INDUSTRY
and logistics industrial park
chemicals park is vital asset Valuepark Terneuzen is a chemical and logistics industrial park established as a 50-50 joint venture between Zeeland Seaports and the chemical giant Dow Benelux.
For businesses that use Dowâ€™s intermediate or derivative products, being based at the park offers many benefits. In addition, there are opportunities for joint research and development projects.
Companies taking up residence in the 140 hectare Valuepark are able to take advantage of the logistics expertise of Zeeland Seaports as well as the proximity of the Dow Benelux complex, the largest Dow Chemical Company facility outside the United States.
The Dow Benelux facility at Terneuzen includes a 1.7 million tonne per year cracker complex, well as 26 plants producing a range of chemicals and materials, from hydrocarbons such as styrene monomer, benzene and ethyl benzene to styrenics, plastics and polyurethane.
Valuepark Terneuzen is an integrated facility. All the necessary services are co-sited at one location and the Valuepark makes optimum use of synergies between the various partners. As an integrated chemical site, the Valuepark offers first-rate opportunities for achieving an economy of scale, reducing the amount of handling and transport activities and achieving success through co-operation with other stakeholders.
Third-party Valuepark Terneuzen was created with the aim of developing a multi-occupation site not only for companies serving Dow but also for other third-party operations. The Valuepark is divided into a 110 hectare chemicals manufacturing site and a 30 hectare logistics park. A total of 80 hectares is still available for further investment.
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The Valuepark has rapidly positioned itself as a European chemical hub, having attracted major companies such as Bertschi, Katoen Natie, Oiltanking, Ravago and SGS Nederland. Other companies are looking seriously at investing in the site.
While outsourcing of activities is a key part of Zeeland Seaports’ vision for the Valuepark, it also wants to extend the chain by attracting companies that transform chemicals and plastics into products.
Zeeland Seaports’ role in the joint venture is to develop the site infrastructure as well as working with Dow to market the site to potential investors. On-site facilities include a cogeneration plant operated by AES and the utilities company Delta; water supplied by Evides; municipal waste water removal facilities; and industrial oxygen and nitrogen supplied by Air Liquide and Air Products. There is also a shared water system capable of serving the whole Valuepark. A land lease contract is offered to new companies and Zeeland Seaports helps them to gain the necessary permits. The synergies with Dow extend beyond using the same raw materials and end products. With infrastructure provided, new customers only need to invest in technology and outsource other activities through cooperation.
Dow Benelux and Zeeland Seaports have jointly invested some €80 million in developing the park infrastructure. As well as having ready access to their preferred materials, companies renting space at Valuepark benefit from the fact that all the infrastructure is managed for them.
Advantages The Valuepark has brought significant environmental as well as logistical advantages. Before the park was established, raw materials such as naphtha and benzene used by Dow were also stored in Rotterdam, Antwerp or Ghent and then shipped in barges to Terneuzen. The Valuepark is also a vital part of Zeeland Seaports’ mission to achieve sustainable development. On-site storage terminals, together with pipelines connected to plants on the Dow site, have reduced the number of road shipments by 30,000 trips and, in turn, have cut back overall carbon dioxide emissions by over 800 tonnes a year
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Biopark Terneuzen represents a fresh approach to agroindustrial sustainability – one that has helped transform the region into a hot spot for bio-based activities.
Smart links maximise
potential of region’s bio-based industry Established in February 2007 in an area with a strong background in the electrical, engineering, petrochemical and shipbuilding sectors, Biopark promotes and facilitates the exploitation of key synergies between businesses in the same geographical area. Specifically, Biopark maximises the potential for companies to exchange by-products and waste products and use them as feedstock, energy and utility supplements in their own production processes. These ‘smart links’ challenge the traditional notions of sustainability and offer an innovative approach to good stewardship of the environment and its resources.
Values Bio-complementary partnerships are changing the way companies work. By converting surplus material into smart links, the partners in this project are able to capitalise on residual values that would otherwise go unused. Zeeland Seaports was one of the main initiators of Biopark Terneuzen, viewing it as a logical extension of its overall management
and development responsibility for the port areas of Terneuzen and Vlissingen. Many companies are engaging in mutually beneficial long-term projects. For example, Yara (ammonia and mineral fertilizers) and Glastuinbouw Zeeuws-Vlaanderen are linked by pipeline systems that allow them to exchange and reuse by-products and waste products such as energy, feedstock and utility supplements.
Smart linking Importantly for businesses, smart linking can: • Eliminate storage and disposal costs • Reduce environmental taxes • Optimise production costs • Improve profitability. In a wider context, these bio-complementary partnerships combine to help: • Conserve non-renewable resources • Exploit the recoverable value of resources after first use • Reduce the waste and pollution burden on the atmosphere and the physical environment • Contribute to the sustainability of future industrial growth.
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This has led to a large, skilled and growing workforce recruited from the regionâ€™s excellent technical schools and training centres â€“ a resource that compares with the best in Europe. In terms of numbers, range of skills and dedication, the available workforce is well able to satisfy and sustain the demands of future industrial growth.
Bio Base Europe Another bio-based initiative in the region is Bio Base Europe, a joint initiative by Biopark Terneuzen and Ghent Bio-Economy Valley to build state-of-the-art research and training facilities to speed up economic growth, capacity for innovation and sustainable biobased development. At Bio Base Europe, various parties work together by sharing equipment, knowledge and insights while also guaranteeing confidentiality. Pilot projects are carried out for all companies in the chemical, agroindustrial, energy and food sectors from all over the world. The Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant, located in Ghent, is a flexible facility capable of scaling up and optimising a broad range of bio-based processes. It embraces the entire
value chain in a single plant, from green resources to final product. The pilot plant is operated according to an open innovation service model whereby companies and research institutes active in the bio-based economy can rent facilities for technological development. In addition, the Bio Base Europe Training Centre in Terneuzen is a centre for education, networking and promotion and development of a sustainable bio-based economy. It offers general and company-specific training and is closely attuned to market demand.
Training Operated in a similar way to the pilot plant, it also opens its doors to companies and schools, which can rent these facilities for training of staff or students. Bio Base Europe is a key building block in the development of a sustainable bio-based economy in Europe, offering a research and training infrastructure that can help improve economic growth, innovation capacity and sustainable development
Repeat cruise callers find
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Zeeland an attractive option
Interest from cruise lines in calling at Vlissingen is growing all the time following the successful marketing of the area as a cruise port for several years
The business is fully supported by Zeeland Seaports, local government and tourist organisations.
In addition to the immediate benefits of a cruise call, each of which generates an estimated €300,000 to €350,000 for the economy, there is an added value element in cruise conversion – that is, attracting passengers back to the area for a longer visit.
Zeeland Cruise Port was set up to market Vlissingen’s cruise sector and has succeeded in attracting several cruise lines to the port. The target figure of 15 calls a year is still considered achievable in the short term.
Vlissingen began to develop its cruise potential in 2006 and interest has grown year on year to the point where the main players are confident in the package they have to offer cruise operators.
In 2015 six cruise ships are expected to call, many of them repeat callers.
Plans There are tentative plans to develop a cruise terminal in Vlissingen to accommodate visiting ships more effectively. Until a dedicated terminal is built, cruise ships will continue to use existing commercial berths in Vlissingen.
Passengers and crew of visiting cruise ships are given every opportunity to learn about Zeeland folklore and regional specialities. In addition, the vessels are welcomed by singers and dancers in traditional costume, and music from an old-time street or barrel organ. In addition there is a tent with a tourist office and an exhibition of historical crafts and trades
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Vlissingen has been successfully marketed as a cruise port for several years and is now regularly attracting repeat callers
Popular tourism area
looking to attract more cruise ships Interest from cruise lines is growing all the time and the business is fully supported by Zeeland Seaports and local government and tourist organisations. There are tentative plans to develop a cruise terminal in Vlissingen to accommodate visiting ships more effectively. Tourism is a key business in Zeeland and the cruise sector is a growing part of that.
Popular area Vlissingen, along with the wider Zeeland region, is a popular tourism area. The
population is effectively doubled in the summer months as visitors flock to the area to enjoy the tranquil surroundings of the delta region, with its many beaches and scenic estuaries. For the town of Vlissingen, the development of a cruise industry brings two key benefits. First and foremost, the impact of each stopover is good for business, with each cruise call generating an estimated €300,000 to €350,000 for the economy. The added value element lies in cruise conversion – that is, attracting cruise passengers back to the area for a longer visit.
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to call Vlissingen. Other lines have followed, including Holland America Line, part of the Carnival Corporation, the world’s biggest cruise ship company. Cruise ships use existing commercial berths in Vlissingen where temporary facilities have been established. Passengers are welcomed ashore by dancers in traditional costume, and there is a quayside tent with souvenir and produce stalls.
Vlissingen is no stranger to handling passenger traffic, having accommodated the cruise ferry operator Olau Line for many years; so the port is well aware of the benefits that passengers and crew can bring to the local economy. Vlissingen also knows its facilities must be first-rate in order to attract regular cruise calls.
A fleet of buses is on hand to take passengers into Vlissingen and local tour operators offer a choice of city tours and excursions in the local region. A key advantage of Vlissingen is that vessels can depart as late as 23.00 hours, giving passengers more time ashore and the opportunity to enjoy an evening meal or some late entertainment before rejoining their ship.
Hospitable Potential Vlissingen began to develop its cruise potential in 2006 and interest has grown year on year to the point where, today, all the relevant organisations are confident they have a great package to offer the cruise operators.
An often-heard comment is that Vlissingen is ‘the most hospitable call’ on the cruise thanks in no small part to the warmth and enthusiasm of the local hospitality industry and the maritime sector
Zeeland Cruise Port, the organisation set up to market Vlissingen’s cruise sector, was successful in attracting cruise lines and the port began to feature on cruise itineraries. In 2012 three cruise ships called Vlissingen, although the target figure of 15 per year may be realised in the near future. The Zeeland Cruise Port concept has been developed in particular by the S.T.T. Group of Companies, which plays a key role in the cruise sector, providing all husbandry services for visiting ships as well as taking care of passenger handling and security. Zeeland is an especially popular destination for German tourists and, fittingly, Phoenix Reisen’s ‘Amadea’ was the first cruise ship
Prompt service in the lifting sector
The lifting specialist Liftal has branches in port areas in Vlissingen and Antwerp With short lines of communication and a high degree of practical experience, the company is able to respond quickly to the needs of its customers.
place safely. For this purpose, special water bags weighing 100 tonnes are often used in combination with fixed weights connected to a spreader.
Testing take places on location or at Liftalâ€™s testing pontoon in Vlissingen, which has a capacity of 530 tonnes. The company can also deal with specific requests, such as the recent development of purpose-built hoisting equipment in the form of a rigging set designed to resist temperatures down to minus 50Â°C. Another example was the removal and exact replacement of eight 52 mm cables with a length of 700 metres to allow maintenance on the wire discs, a job that required great precision.
In addition to testing, Liftal specialises in maintenance, from hoisting beams at a nuclear plant in France to a gas factory in Tunisia to radar towers on the Western Scheldt estuary.
Rental Liftal also rents out project equipment such as spreaders, test weights and straps with a maximum capacity of 800 tonnes, which can be used to test if unloading can take
Over the past few years, Liftal has invested substantially in personnel training. The number of employees, all fully qualified, has risen from 25 to 30. Liftal currently has 13 EKH-certified inspectors. This means that more inspections can be carried out on site, speeding up the process. Having joined the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA), a British trade association, Liftal is able to offer its services in other counties
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represents port community The maritime industry in the Zeeland region is a strong community of companies and at its heart is the Zeeland Port Promotion Council (ZPPC)
The maritime industry in the Zeeland region is a strong community of companies and at its heart is the Zeeland Port Promotion Council (ZPPC). ZPPC is a private organisation of over 100 companies and institutions operating in and around the ports of Vlissingen and Terneuzen. It includes companies active in the areas of industrial production, stevedoring, ship agency, forwarding and transport, cleaning, shipbuilding and shiprepair, and towage and salvage. The participants decide the councilâ€™s strategy and are involved in implementing its various activities.
Taking Zeeland to the world ZPPC represents the interests of its members at regional, national and international levels. For important portfolios, including industry, transport, logistics, employment and education, the council
actively represents its members at thirdparty gatherings and policy committees. Together with Zeeland Seaports the council promotes Zeelandâ€™s port community at major trade shows around the world. Also with Zeeland Seaports it publishes a quarterly magazine, Zeeland PortNews. Apart from this ZPPC organises missions to key trading countries and regions and also makes presentations about the ports and ZPPC participants.
Connecting with Zeelandâ€™s community ZPPC organises conferences, symposiums and events where participants can meet, exchange knowledge and network. The council builds and maintains public support for the positive role that companies play in Zeeland and holds events such as the Open Port Day, which takes place every other year. Educational projects from primary school to university level develop the next generation of port expertise vital to future success
State-of-the-art pilotage fleet serving vessels in the Netherlands
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The Dutch pilotage service Loodswezen operates a new and modern fleet of vessels to provide a reliable and effective service for vessels calling at Dutch ports
A recent programme of investment was completed in the summer of 2014 to include three pilot station vessels (PSVs), three fast pilot tenders and two steel-hulled pilot tenders. The PSVs ‘Polaris’, ‘Pollux’ and ‘Procyon’ entered service between 2012 and 2014.
The three L-Class tenders have aluminium hulls. The ‘Lynx’, ‘Lyra’ and ‘Lacerta’ all entered service between 2012 and 2014. The investment programme also included two ice-capable steel-hulled pilot tenders, ‘Hercules’ and ‘Hydra’, which operate in the northern Netherlands.
Measuring 81.2 metres in length, the PSVs provide a comfortable and efficient working platform for the pilots. Each PSV acts as a sea base for up to 18 pilots while they wait to board incoming vessels and when they leave departing ships. One PSV is stationed off Rotterdam and one at Steenbank near the entrance to the Western Scheldt. The third is held in reserve.
Loodswezen provides pilots for ships arriving at all Dutch ports, although its responsibilities in the Western Scheldt are shared with its Belgian counterpart. It has 160 Dutch pilots stationed at Vlissingen and Terneuzen including pilots qualified to navigate the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal
OVET specialises in the storage and transhipment of dry bulk cargoes such as coal and petcoke at its terminals in Terneuzen and Vlissingen
Major investments benefit
bulk handling specialist The company provides its customers with additional product screening, blending and crushing services. In addition, OVET has a fleet of large floating cranes that it uses to provide a vessel lightening service. At its two terminals, OVET handles mainly coal and petcoke. It has 600,000 tonnes of storage at its Terneuzen terminal, which can receive panamax vessels of up to 90,000 dwt, and about 2 million tonnes at its Vlissingen terminal, which can simultaneously handle two capesize bulk carriers of up to 180,000 dwt.
A new coal washing plant was opened in early 2015 to screen and wash incoming coal before onshipment. OVET has also become an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO), allowing it to handle customs procedures in-house, adding further confidence and efficiency to its operations
For lightening services, OVET has three floating cranes of 25 tonnes capacity and one of 36 tonnes. Ships are lightened at Terneuzen and Everingen Roads in the River Scheldt, where the maximum draught is 16.5 metres. OVET can handle 20,000 tonnes in one tide. Each year the terminals handle about 10 million tonnes of dry bulks. These are imported mainly from South Africa, Australia and Russia, with about 90 per cent being onshipped by train and barge to Germany. OVET and Zeeland Seaports have invested about â‚Ź3.5 million in a new coal train loading station, opened in 2013, with a loading capacity of 1,500 tonnes per hour. Each train can carry 2,750 tonnes of coal in 44 wagons. This service is being used to supplement the companyâ€™s barge services to Germany.
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The operational efficiency of the ports of Terneuzen and Vlissingen, Ghent and Antwerp, relies heavily on the pilotage services of Nederlands Loodswezen
Enhanced pilot service
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Pilots fulfil an essential service at all the Dutch ports, but in Zeelandâ€™s ports they have an additional operational complexity due to the fact that the main waterway, the Western Scheldt, is shared with Belgium. The maritime authorities of the two countries are obliged to work together to ensure efficiency and safety are maintained in traffic planning operations. The operational efficiency of the ports of Terneuzen and Vlissingen, as well as Ghent and Antwerp, relies heavily on the pilotage services of Nederlands Loodswezen. If a vessel is late because of bad pilot planning, it can result in empty berths, vessels waiting, congestion and ultimately unnecessary costs.
River traffic has continued to grow in recent years, and improved traffic planning optimisation has been essential to the smooth running of operations, ensuring that vessels arrive at their berths at the correct time and with a minimum of congestion or delay en route from pilot station to the port. From the pilot station at sea to Antwerp is about 60 nautical miles. Travel speeds are relatively high while keeping wash to a minimum, but it doesnâ€™t take much for a problem to develop if a vessel in front, for example, has a breakdown, or there is a delay in berthing, or bad weather. With so many vessels using the river every day, congestion is not only costly but can also be dangerous, especially in bad weather. Many of the large vessels transiting the river have limited
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manoeuvrability, so slowing down, holding station or turning round can be a tricky operation in the confines of the Western Scheldt. Of all the agencies involved in handling a vessel from arrival at the pilot station to safe berthing at the port, the pilot is perhaps the most important. Most vessels require a pilot on board for the whole trip, although vessels under 80 metres in length can sail without a pilot on board as long as they are not carrying dangerous cargo. A pilot will be on board all the way and will have to deal with any problems that arise, such as unexpected congestion, bad weather and unforeseen delays. Safety is a key aspect of the pilotâ€™s job, together with the bridge
team of each vessel. Good communication is part of this, but even more important is proper planning of the trip from pilot station to berth.
Challenges The River Scheldt brings unusual challenges to the various pilot services and port authorities along its course. Although the greater part is Dutch, the river is shared with Belgium and its ports. The Treaty of London in 1839 defined the river as an international fairway, open to all traffic. Further regulations were introduced in 1842. In 2002 the growth in traffic prompted a new Scheldt Treaty to ensure the fair use of the river and the safety of vessels. This also led
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directly to the creation in 2005 of the GNB (Joint Nautical Control), which requires all parties using the river to optimise vessel traffic management systems. The JNA (Joint Nautical Authority) was then established to initiate and monitor the traffic management systems. Loodswezen has been a key player in this and has developed one of the most advanced vessel traffic systems in Europe. Initially brought into service on the already busy and congested Ghent-Terneuzen Canal interface in 2009, it is now also used by the ports of Vlissingen and Antwerp and all the other major river users to manage traffic flow and vessel positioning on the river from the pilot station to the berth – or to the lock gate if the vessel is transiting a canal. Ideally, for the most efficient use of the fairway, vessels should make an uninterrupted trip from pilot station to berth. Loodswezen’s advanced ICT system incorporates all the relevant data to plan schedules and trips. Vessel ‘trips’ are now planned from pilot station to berth taking into account weather and tide as well as voyage time. Once the trip is booked by the shipping agent, the predictive system also takes into account a suggested start time or a required berthing
time, whichever is more suitable. Without this cooperation and planning, the result could be a huge traffic jam. When traffic is dense, the system will work out which ship needs to leave first and which last, so that they all arrive at berth at the correct time without delaying each other or causing safety problems in the fairway. With fixed fees levied per trip, there is an incentive to ensure that river capacity is optimised and there are no delays. The pilot remains on board throughout and any delay means another vessel could be delayed, or another pilot will have to be brought in, all adding cost. The JNA is in charge of vessel traffic up to the berth in Ghent, Terneuzen and Vlissingen. Antwerp still manages its own berthing beyond the locks, but of course cooperates with the JNA on traffic management in the river. In the past, pilots had to plan on their feet with a far greater risk to safety, especially in bad weather. Now, even though the pilot has to manage unexpected situations on the vessel, the overall planning is done for him. Loodswezen is also now working to further optimise the system
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The De Ruyter Maritime Institute is a key resource for specialist training and education Simulator
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Although the institute was established over 100 years ago, it is forward-looking and progressive. An engine room simulator was introduced at Technum, an ROC technology innovation centre in Vlissingen with modern multi-media learning facilities and high-tech classrooms and laboratories covering all aspects of engineering science.
Regarded as one of the leading maritime academies in north-west Europe, the De Ruyter Maritime Institute (Maritiem Instituut de Ruyter) in Vlissingen is a key resource for specialist training and education.
Replicating the complete engine room of a merchant ship, the simulator is built around a WĂ¤rtsilĂ¤ 4R32 marine diesel engine and a 9L20 auxiliary generator. During simulation exercises, various incidents are triggered, designed to increase studentsâ€™ knowledge of technical diagrams, start-up and maintenance procedures, detection and elimination of faults, and how to maintain an engine logbook. Emergency events such as blackouts and machinery damage can also be handled safely in the simulator.
De Ruyter combines practical courses with simulated training environments for the maritime, fishing and logistics industries. As well as providing full-time higher education for younger people, it retrains unemployed people and offers its facilities to companies for specialised training.
On the logistics side, De Ruyter has been promoting its training programme for drivers of goods vehicles. The course covers practical activities such as loading and unloading of trucks, what to look for when others do this for you, how goods should be stacked, truck driving skills and road knowledge. It also deals with business practices and certificates of competence.
The institute is part of ROC Zeeland, one of several regional centres of education introduced by the government in the late 1990s to bring a variety of training and educational disciplines under one roof.
The two-year programme is an apprenticeship training scheme in which the individual works for four days a week with an approved training company and for one day a week in the classroom
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The bulk handling company OVET specialises in the storage, transhipment and processing of solid fuels, ores and minerals at its terminals in Vlissingen-Oost and Terneuzen
OVET invests in new facilities
to keep up with demand It provides services for customers across Europe, especially in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Italy, the UK and Poland.
waterway system, with modern connections to the River Rhine. The OVET terminals are also close to the North Sea, making them ideal for shortsea traffic.
OVET deals mainly with coal and petcoke, but its terminals also handle iron and steel, biomass products such as wood pellets, alloys, aggregates such as clinker and gravel, agri products such as malt, wheat and soya beans, and a range of industrial minerals such as talc, fluorspar and alumina.
For rail traffic, both terminals are linked to the European rail network including the Betuwe Route and Corridor C.
The company has 600,000 tonnes of storage capacity at its Terneuzen terminal, which can receive panamax vessels of up to 90,000 dwt, and about 2 million tonnes of storage at its Vlissingen terminal, which handles capesize bulk carriers of up to 180,000 dwt. OVET has covered storage in Vlissingen with separate compartments for products that require dry storage. The warehouse focuses mainly on biomass, but other products can be handled as well.
Extended The quay at the Vlissingen terminal can handle two capesize vessels simultaneously. Both terminals are linked to the European
Each year the terminals handle about 10 million tonnes of dry bulks. These are imported mainly from South Africa, Australia and Russia, with about 90 per cent being onshipped by train and barge to Germany. OVET has a modern, high-capacity train loading station with a loading capacity of 1,500 tonnes per hour. Each train can carry 2,750 tonnes of coal in 44 wagons. The service is being used to supplement the companyâ€™s barge services to Germany.
Capacity OVET can achieve a total unloading capacity of 80,000 tonnes per day using its four floating cranes. These can be towed to wherever they are needed within the region and can be moved between Vlissingen and Terneuzen in three to four hours. Almost all
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the equipment at the dry bulk terminal is mobile.
and carries ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and GMP certification.
Each year, OVET lightens more than 100 vessels destined for final discharge ports further into the hinterland such as Terneuzen, Ghent and Antwerp. The company can lighten loads by up to 20,000 tonnes in oneÂ tide.
OVET has also become an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO), allowing it to handle customs procedures in-house and thus achieve greater efficiency in its operations. This helps to underline customer confidence
Thanks to the strategic location of its terminals and its first-rate hinterland connections by sea, rail, barge and truck, OVET is able to handle dry bulk products for end-users in northern, western and central Europe.
Quality A new coal washing plant was opened in early 2015 to screen and wash incoming coal before onshipment. Incoming coal is screened for size and impurities to leave a pure coal product. The silicon industry needs 99.99 per cent purity for products such as solar panels and OVET is now able to meet these high standards. The company strives to achieve a high level of quality across its whole range of services
Yara Sluiskil BV is part of Yara International ASA, a global company with its head office in Oslo, Norway
plant has global reach Each year, Yara Sluiskil loads 4.5 million tonnes of dry and liquid bulk products at its 135 hectare complex on the GhentTerneuzen Canal. The Sluiskil plants produce 1.8 million tonnes per year of ammonia and 1.5 million tonnes of nitric acid. From ammonia, nitric acid and CO2, 1.4 million tonnes of urea fertilizers and urea-based industrial chemicals, 1.8 million tonnes of nitrate fertilizer and 350,000 tonnes of liquid carbon dioxide are produced. Industrial products are a growing market for Yara Sluiskil, which produces the fuel additive Air1® (AdBlue) and NOxCare, used in industrial processes to reduce NOx emissions.
Own quay Over 80 per cent of these products are shipped to the end-user by seagoing vessels and barges. Vessels of up to 50,000 tonnes capacity with a maximum draught of 12.5
metres can be loaded at Yara’s own quay alongside the plant. In 2011 Yara invested in a new urea solution plant, ensuring the viable future of the Sluiskil complex. After coming on stream this boosted the plant’s urea production capacity by 50 per cent. Together with Zeeland Seaports, Yara Sluiskil is also a shareholder in WarmCO2, a project to transport carbon dioxide and residual heat by pipeline from the Sluiskil site to greenhouses in the canal zone. The canal zone near Terneuzen has become a high-intensity area for sustainable horticulture. Yara Sluiskil pioneered the concept of piping its industrial residual heat and carbon dioxide to these local greenhouses. It works in cooperation with Zeeland Seaports, which is investing in a further network of pipelines called Multi Utility Provider (MUP) to transport residual energy and rest products from Yara and other process industries in the Terneuzen area
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Vesta Terminal Flushing is the only specialised liquid bulk operator in Vlissingen
Specialised liquid bulk operator
capitalises on strategic location The company provides liquid bulk logistics services from three locations – two at the Buitenhaven and one at the Sloehaven – and has a large storage capacity for petroleum and biofuels. In recent years the company has expanded to meet the demand for greater handling capacity. In 2012 it increased the capacity of its Sloehaven terminal by 224,000 cubic metres. Vesta now offers more than 390,000 cubic metres of capacity in 27 tanks for storage of petroleum products and biofuels in Vlissingen. The tanks range in size from 1,000 cubic metres to 32,000 cubic metres. Vesta’s facilities are strategically located in the Buitenhaven and Sloehaven with good access to sea, road and rail services. Infrastructure in Vlissingen includes four jetties able to handle barges and seagoing vessels of up to 70,000 dwt. Depth alongside the Sloehaven terminal has been increased to 12.5 metres.
Vesta’s operation in Vlissingen benefits from relatively low vessel congestion as well as good availability of land. The growing imports of diesel and gasoil as well as kerosene and jet fuel from large-scale refiners in the Middle East will be of particular strategic importance in the future. Furthermore, in view of Vesta’s strategic position between Antwerp and Rotterdam, there is scope to develop part of its facilities into a bunkering terminal. Vesta will also continue to capitalise on growing European requirements to store and blend biodiesel at its dedicated terminal at the Buitenhaven.
Core activity Vesta’s core activity is the storage and handling of a wide range of petroleum products, including tailor-made services such as blending and dyeing of products to specific customer requirements. Vesta also stores products in dedicated tanks for various national oil reserve agencies.
High priority In all of Vesta’s operations, safety, health, environment and quality issues are a high priority. Vesta aims to be among the best in class in this regard, acting in line with the requirements of its customers and the Dutch authorities.
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Vesta Terminal Flushing is part of Vesta Terminals BV, an independent liquid bulk storage operator with a total of 1.6 million cubic meters storage capacity for petroleum products and biofuels at terminals in Antwerp, Vlissingen and Tallinn (Estonia). Vesta Terminals is a joint venture between Mercuria Energy Asset Management BV (MEAM) and Sinomart KTS Development Ltd (Sinomart). MEAM is affiliated to Mercuria Energy Group Ltd, a leading global independent energy and commodity company. The group is active in the commodity value chain with activities forming a balanced combination of commodity flow and strategic assets, ranging from upstream oil and gas to coal mining, oil storage terminals and logistics.
tonnes of oil equivalent corresponding to revenues over US$ 112 billion. For more information about Mercuria, visit: www.mercuria.com Sinomart is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sinopec Kantons Holdings Ltd, a storage, logistics and trading company. With its principal activities in terminal operation and logistical services, the company aims to be one of the world’s leading independent terminal operators. Sinopec Kantons Holdings Ltd is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and is an indirect subsidiary of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec).
For more information about Sinopec visit: www.sinopec.com.hk
Mercuria employs over 1,000 people in 38 offices worldwide to sustain the group’s extensive business reach with its market knowledge, diversity and expertise. In 2013 it traded volumes in excess of 195 million
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Yara Sluiskil BV operates a 135 hectare complex at Sluiskil, south of Terneuzen, loading almost 4.5 million tonnes per year of dry and liquid bulk products
Global producer for 85 years
located in Terneuzen Its fertilizer product range consists of various grades of granular ammonium nitrate and calcium ammonium nitrate fertilizers, granulated and prilled urea, and liquid fertilizers. In some grades, essential micronutrients such as magnesium and sulphur are added. Nitrogen from the air, natural gas and water are the main raw materials for these processes. In addition, Yara Sluiskil uses dolomite (calcium magnesium carbonate), from the Ardennes region of Belgium, to regulate the nitrogen content of its ammonium nitrate products.
Global Yara Sluiskil BV is part of Yara International ASA, a global company with its head office in the Norwegian capital, Oslo. Yara International is a leading producer of ammonia, nitrogen fertilizers and technical grade chemicals such as food grade liquid carbon dioxide and the fuel additive Air 1® (AdBlue) and NOxCare, a product which is used in industrial processes to reduce NOx emissions.
Yara is the world’s largest supplier of mineral fertilizers. The industrial segment of Yara converts energy, natural minerals and nitrogen from the air into essential products for industrial applications. Yara has over 100 years of experience in nitrogen applications for industry. The company has about 11,200 employees, operates in 51 countries and sends its products to over 150 countries worldwide.
Sluiskil Each year, the Sluiskil plants produce 1.8 million tonnes of ammonia, 1.5 million tonnes of nitric acid, 1.4 million tonnes of urea fertilizers and urea-based industrial chemicals, 1.8 million tonnes of nitrate fertilizer and 420,000 tonnes of liquid carbon dioxide. Over 75 per cent of these products are shipped to the end-user by sea and river transport. Vessels of up to 50,000 tonnes capacity with a maximum draught of 12.5 metres can be loaded at Yara’s own quay alongside the plant.
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Yara Sluiskil completed the construction of a urea solution plant, a €400 million investment to ensure a viable future for the Sluiskil site. This new, more energy-efficient production plant for urea solution came on stream in October 2011, replacing the two existing urea solution plants and boosting production capacity by 50 per cent. This investment allows the company to add more value to locally produced ammonia while reducing the amount of ammonia being shipped via the Western Scheldt.
The Canal Zone near Terneuzen has become a high-intensity area for sustainable horticulture.
The company operates a demineralised water production and treatment plant, in partnership with the water company Evides NV. A new Air1® storage tank was installed in 2013. Yara Sluiskil participates in WarmCO2, a project to transport carbon dioxide and residual heat from the Sluiskil site to local greenhouses.
Yara Sluiskil has pioneered the concept of feeding its rest heat and carbon dioxide to these local greenhouses via pipelines. The WarmCO initiative is a cooperation between Zeeland Seaports and Yara. The residual heat and CO2 improve crop growth and reduce operational costs for greenhouse farmers. The cooling water outflow from Yara’s heat exchangers, where it has taken up heat from its production processes, is transported to the glasshouses at a temperature of 87˚C. At the end of the cycle, the water is returned to the system at 40°C, reheated and pumped back to the greenhouses
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Pacorini Metals has been a real success story for the Port of Vlissingen
Growth through diversification for Pacorini Metals The company has expanded its operations year on year since it began in 2000 and is now diversifying its range of services to continue the growth of the company. On a global scale, Pacorini Metals is a leading player in the storage and transhipment of non-ferrous metals. In addition to this principal activity, the company handles other commodities such as plastics, ferrous metals, ferro alloys and perishable commodities. Metal handling still constitutes 90 per cent of the companyâ€™s activities in Vlissingen and Rotterdam, but as a group it is opening more
facilities worldwide to expand its network and widen its range of services. For example, in 2012 the group acquired Access Freight in South Africa, which specialises in handling commodities into and out of sub-Saharan Africa. It moves metals, minerals, agricultural and project cargo and is competent in both inbound and outbound logistics services, as well as providing warehousing, freight forwarding and customs brokerage services. The expansion includes more warehousing capacity as well as additional logistics
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services. It can also provide vessel chartering, vessel loading through its own facilities, shipping, distribution and valueadded services such as crushing, screening, weighing, blending and cutting. The company has also taken on more staff. It now employs 103 people at its Vlissingen and Rotterdam locations. By expanding the range of products it handles, the company hopes to become stronger in global markets and less reliant on the metal industry. It belongs to one of the world’s leading trading groups – The Glencore Group – and Pacorini Metals is aiming to increase its participation in other sectors from 10 to 40 per cent. The Group’s head office is located in Zug, Switzerland, with operations on five continents: Europe (Italy, Spain, The Netherlands and Turkey); Asia-Pacific (Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, India); Southern Africa (Durban, Johannesburg and Kitwe); USA (Baltimore and New Orleans); and South America (Lima, Peru).
Metals specialist Ferro alloys and related products are handled by Pacorini Metals Terminals BV. It has dedicated warehouses for these products and provides all the relevant shipping and receiving services as well as value-added services such as crushing, screening, blending and packaging.
alloys, with a combined storage capacity of about 180,000 tonnes. The company has two processing plants for custom-sizing of ferro alloys. These can crush a maximum top-sized product of 400 mm down to 25 mm as well as being able to screen to a range of sizes, from 1 mm to 150 mm.
Excavator The terminal’s primary berth can accommodate vessels of up to 180 metres in length with a draught of 10.0 metres LLWS. There is also a second berth for vessels of up to 150 metres with a maximum draught of 7.5 metres. For all type of breakbulk vessels, the company uses its mobile harbour crane with a lifting capacity of 35 tonnes at an outreach of 37 metres. Besides its own mobile harbour crane, the company has access to four floating cranes through a contract with a neighbouring stevedore used for transloading operations
Covering six hectares of fully developed land, Pacorini Metals Terminals is located in Vlissingen’s Kaloothaven. Following an expansion programme in 2012-2013 there is a total of 55,000 square metres of dedicated warehousing for both bulk and packed ferro
EURO-MIT STAAL BV
transformer industry Euro-Mit Staal BV (EMS) is a service centre specialised in slitting the higher grades of electrical steel for the transformer industry
Euro-Mit Staal BV (EMS) started in 1992 in Vlissingen as a service centre specialised in slitting the higher grades of electrical steel for the transformer industry, where the wide coils of this thin gauge plate material are sized down to narrower smaller sized coils. Over the years EMS has built up its position as a reliable and skilled slitting service centre. EMS also found opportunities to process a diverse range of other thin gauge products.
Installation The ongoing mission of EMS is to be a value-adding partner for the transformer industry. Therefore, in order to not only slit the electrical steel, it was decided to install a lamination cut-to-length line which cuts the narrow width coils into laminations, or sheets, of customer specific lengths and shapes. The installation of this TBA line means that transformer builders no longer
have to cut down the coils into laminations themselves (or have it done by an external party). Instead, the building of a transformer core can start as soon as the laminations arrive at their premises. Since this TBA line was installed at the end of 2012, the transformer industry has shown its appreciation of EMS and its skills and services by increasing the number of orders for laminations. In 2012 EMS installed a third main slitting line in order to meet the growing demand for laminations. The investment in additional machinery, the expansion of land by 11,800 square metres and the doubling of the floor area for offices, production halls and storage facilities have proved to be well timed for EMS. Euro-Mit Staal BV is a joint venture between Mitsui & Co. Plc, of London, UK and Verbrugge Zeeland Terminals BV, of Vlissingen, Netherlands
VLISSINGSE BOOTLIEDENWACHT BV
Boatmen services in the Port of Vlissingen are capably provided by Vlissingse Bootliedenwacht BV, which began in 1971 with its first vessel, ‘VB1’.
services in Vlissingen In its early days the company was also involved in stevedoring, taxi services and even office cleaning, but later it began to specialise in mooring and unmooring of vessels and offshore pontoons in Vlissingen, Vlissingen and Middelburg. Vlissingse Bootliedenwacht BV is committed to a continuous improvement in safety, health and environmental standards The company is a member of the Dutch Boatmen’s Association (NBV)* and the European Boatmen’s Association. Under VLB Services Bedrijf BV, the company provides other services to the shipping industry. Its modern fleet embraces motor launches and tugs as well as barges from 17 metres to 50 meters in length with cargo capacities from 25 tonnes to 1,300 tonnes.
The company can deliver ship stores and other materials throughout the Vlissingen estuary, including food-related provisions and marine equipment ranging from small spare parts to complete rudders and anchors. At its quay, the company operates its own fork-lift truck and crane. The ‘VLB-1’ carries a 10 tonne crane and is ADNR-approved for transport of hazardous cargoes.
For more information about the Nederlandse Bootlieden Vereniging (NBV) visit: www. dutchboatmen.com
These vessels are operated on a 24-hour basis. In addition, the company has several motor vans to provide fresh water and winching support to complement its marine services. The company is involved in water taxi services, delivery of fresh water, stores and technical materials, attaching fenders, gangways, pumps, generator and oil booms, towage, pontoon and vessel rental, anchorage assistance, docking and undocking assistance, and the supply of tow masters and crews. It can also assist in oil cleaning operations and has oil recovery equipment available for hire.
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Over the years, the company has built a reputation for reliability and quality
EMS offers ‘bespoke’ service to transformer makers Vlissingen-based Euro-Mit Staal BV (EMS) has been operating since 1992 as a specialised service centre for sllitting higher grades of electrical steel for the transformer industry. Over the years, the company has built a reputation for reliability and quality. In 2011 it embarked on a programme to double the size of its facility, allowing it to expand its services and handle larger volumes. The foundation stone for the new development was laid in December 2011 and the new facility was opened just nine months later in October 2012.
Expansion The expansion involved 11,800 square metres of extra land totalling 29,300 square metres in all. The building has more than doubled in size from 5,800 to 11,800 square metres of floor area for offices, production halls and storage facilities. Funding for the expansion was supplied by the company’s two major shareholders, underlining their confidence in the future of EMS. Formerly, the company operated two main slitting lines and one narrow-width slitter.
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The expansion has allowed EMS to install a TBA transformer cut-to-length line and an extra slitting line. There is a greater capacity for slitting thin gauge electrical steel and the company is now able to slit more different types of thin gauge material such as tin plate on coil. The expansion has also led to additional employment at the plant. Twelve new jobs have been created, bringing the total workforce to 65.
Research An in-depth market research study by EMS found that many customers who contract out this cutting down to size, or do it themselves, would be greatly helped if it were done for them. By offering this extra service, EMS expects not only to increase its turnover by cutting transformer steel into laminations, but also to find new opportunities to supply electrical steel to other transformer builders.
Objective The aim of the expansion was to add value to the processes of EMS and to increase its produced tonnage. For the transformer industry, thin gauge material is slit down to size, both widthways and lengthways, and coiled. Since the expansion, EMS has been able to cut these into laminations, or sheets, of customerspecific lengths and shapes. Therefore, its customers will no longer need to cut down the coils into laminations themselves. They can start stacking cores immediately upon receiving these laminations from EMS in the required sizes for the transformers.
Link For almost two decades, Euro-Mit Staal BV in Vlissingen has been an important link in the transformer production chain of Europe. Coils of electrical steel are shipped to Vlissingen by the Japanese trading company Mitsui & Co. These are discharged at EMSâ€™s shareholder facility, Verbrugge Zeeland Terminals. End products are distributed throughout Europe, mainly by road. Now that the expansion is complete, the company expects to be able to process steel from other sources. To add to its existing ISO 9001 certification, EMS also obtained ISO 14001 environmental certification in 2012. The combination of slitting and cutting activities under one roof has not only proved economically favourable for all parties involved, but also more environmentally friendly
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The lifting specialist Liftal operates branches in the port of Vlissingen, in Temse near the port of Antwerp and in Yerseke. This means short lines of communication
Prompt service in the lifting sector Employees have a lot of practical experience. They can provide a reliable assessment of what needs to be done, how long it will take and what materials they will need for the job. This transparency inspires a high degree of confidence in its customers. Testing can take place on location or at Liftal’s testing pontoon in Vlissingen, designed to carry out tests up to 530 tonnes. The facility can also handle specific requests, such as the recent development of purposebuilt offshore hoisting equipment in the form of a rigging set that can resist extremely low temperatures down to minus 50°C. In many cases these requests require precision work. Recently the company removed eight 52 mm cables with a length of 700 metres to allow maintenance work on the wire discs. Afterwards, the cables had to be put back in exactly the same way – an interesting challenge.
Quick response Customers have come to rely on Liftal’s expertise in getting the job done. Its aim is to complete the work promptly and professionally at an attractive price. Recently CMA asked Liftal to test all the equipment on board a ship in four ports where the ship would dock: Southampton, Hamburg, Bremen and Rotterdam. Thanks to the speedy completion of this work, it was no longer necessary to carry out any maintenance in Rotterdam.
On location Although most of the testing takes place in ports, it can also be carried out in situ. Although this is feasible in many cases, it can have its disadvantages. Sometimes tests are carried out at sea. Recently the company had to replace all the steel cables of a diving support vessel. It became apparent that the job required four cranes instead of just one, and a socket would have to be cast at
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the end of the wires. Staff were on board for a week and got the job done, using their improvisation skills to good effect.
Rental and maintenance Liftal also rents out project equipment such as spreaders, test weights and straps with a maximum capacity of 800 tonnes which can be used to test if unloading can take place safely. Special water bags weighing 100 tonnes, in combination with fixed weights connected to a spreader, are often used for this purpose because the water bags are easier to transport than steel weights. In addition to testing, the company specialises in maintenance, from hoisting beams at a nuclear plant in France to a gas plant in Tunisia and to radar towers on the Western Scheldt estuary in the Netherlands.
Skilled personnel Over the years Liftal has invested substantially in personnel training. The
number of employees has risen from 25 to 30. They are all fully qualified. At present there are 13 EKH-certified inspectors: four ‘above the hook’ and nine ‘below the hook’. This means that more inspections can be carried out on site, thus speeding up the process. Since it joined the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA), a British trade association, Liftal can offer its services in other countries. The company has created a testing corner in its workshop. All this additional capacity allows it to offer its customers an even prompter service.
Experience Liftal’s rental department rents all the testing materials that some companies use to tackle the job. Liftal’s employees are skilled in determining the risks. Following formal procedures and assessing risks in advance helps to specify the work clearly in consultation with the customer and to eliminate risks. This ensures the job is carried out safely
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Accommodation Vlissingen Vlissingen is both an industrial area and a commercial harbour covering a total of 2,400 hectares. The harbour is accessible to all seagoing vessels that can navigate the Westerschelde. Apart from the Buitenhaven that is located close to the town of Vlissingen, all dock basins are reached via the Sloehaven, which has direct access to the sea. The harbour entrance is 350 metres wide. The port’s main channel is dredged to 14.5 metres LAT. The harbour is a tidal basin with a rise of about 4.5 metres between HW and LW. Vessels up to 315 metres LOA and 16.5 metres draught can enter the port at HW.
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Buitenhaven Vlissingen town contains one harbour basin, the Buitenhaven, located outside the lock system with direct access to the sea. The harbour is a tidal basin with a rise of about 4.5 metres between HW and LW. The Buitenhaven has 300 metres of quay and can accommodate ships with a maximum draught of 11.3 metres. The northern part of the basin has an area for coasters and lighters. An oil jetty, operated by Vesta Terminal Flushing, can accommodate tankers with a maximum draught of 10.0 metres LAT.
Cobelfret ro-ro jetties: Four berths. Jetty A: 8.5 metres LAT; Jetty B: 11.0 metres LAT. Sloejetty: To accommodate tankers up to 11.5 metres and 5.5 metres draught respectively. • Bijleveldhaven 1,980 metres of quay. Depth alongside at LAT of 9.0 metres over 8.4 metres (east bank) and 10.5 metres over 8.4 metres (west bank). North bank is 300 metres long with a depth alongside of 9.0 metres LAT. • Westhofhaven 525 metres of quay with a depth of 9.5 metres LAT (west bank). It can accommodate the largest reefer vessels. On the east side there is a jetty for discharging peat and a quay for general cargo handling. • Kaloothaven 1,130 metres of quay with depths to 17.5 metres LAT. Used for handling bulk cargoes. On the south bank are two jetties, one with a depth alongside of 10.0 metres LAT, one for inland barges. • Scaldiahaven Scaldiahaven can accommodate vessels up to 14.0 metres draught and has over 1,700 metres of quays. • Van Cittershaven In the eastern part of the harbour six jetties can accommodate inland vessels and coasters. Jetties 1 and 3: 3.5 metres at LAT; Jetties 4 and 5: 5.5 metres LAT; Jetties 6 and 7: 5.5 metres LAT. On the south bank quay. Length of 275 metres with depth of 5.5 metres LAT.
• Sloehaven In the western part are two sets of mooring buoys with a span of 346 metres and a depth of 12.5 metres LAT. Suitable for all kinds of transhipment including liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and chemical bulk cargoes. There is 920 metres of quay. Depth of water at LAT over 540 metres, 12.0 metres; and over 380 metres.
On the north bank quay. Length of 200 metres with depth alongside of 5.5 metres LAT. Heerema quay: length of 230 metres with a depth alongside of 5.5 metres LAT and another 220 metres with a depth alongside of 2.0 metres LAT.
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• Quarleshaven Extension of the Sloehaven in a NNE direction. There is 315 metres of quay with a depth alongside of 12.5 metres LAT. On the east bank is a set of two mooring buoys with a span of 320 metres. Depth is 12.5 metres LAT. Quarlesquay: East bank, length of 150 metres, depth alongside 12.5 metres LAT. Vopak Terminal Vlissingen: Depth of 9.5 metres and 12.5 metres LAT. Four LPG jetties. • Zeeland Refinery Quay Located in the Westerschelde river. Can accommodate tankers up to 100,000 dwt with a maximum LOA of 280 metres. Maximum draught of 14.9 metres.
Anchorage Vlissingen has five designated anchorage areas. Vlissingen Roads offers safe anchorage with sandy bottoms. Vessels should anchor to the south of Koopmanshaven at least 1.2 km from the north coast. Depths vary from 10.0 to 26.0 metres.
Boatmen The private company Vlissingse Bootliedenwacht BV takes care of berthing and mooring of vessels in Vlissingen and Middelburg. It also deals with ship communications; delivery of spare parts and stores to vessels; and transport services for pilots and Customs officers.
Bunkers Several of the main oil companies supply bunkers from Vlissingen. In addition, two independent companies supply all grades of bunker fuel at the Schaar van Everingen anchorage and in the harbour. Port dues are not levied on vessels anchoring for bunker fuel. Tug assistance is not compulsory.
Most bunker suppliers require either 24 hours’ or 48 hours’ notice.
Cranes Mobile cranes up to 100 tonnes capacity are available. Various facilities for loading and discharging bulk cargo including four floating cranes (one of 36 tonnes and three of 25 tonnes) operated by Ovet BV.
Crew changes Air connections worldwide are available via Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Antwerp Airport, Brussels Airport, Eindhoven Airport and Rotterdam The Hague Airport, are all within two hours’ drive of Vlissingen. In addition, Airport Midden Zeeland is 5 km from the port, which is ideal for crew changes for North Sea offshore construction and maintenance activities. There is a direct train every hour from Vlissingen to Schiphol.
Pilotage Compulsory for all seagoing vessels entering the port and its approaches with a LOA of more than 80 metres and for all tankers carrying dangerous cargo. Use VHF Channel 6. Pilots meet inbound vessels either: • Between light (whistle) buoy A1 off Ostend and SW Akkaert light buoy, pilot station Wandelaar for vessels entering the River Scheldt via Wielingen or the southern Scheur Channel, or: • At light buoy Schouwenbank, pilot station Steenbank’, for vessels entering via Oostgat or the northern Scheur Channel. Pilot vessels must receive at least six hours’ notice of ETA. Shore-based pilotage at Vlissingen may be given to certain types of vessel if bad weather prevents the pilot from boarding.
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Both the Dutch and Belgian pilotage services have operational centres in Vlissingen.
Vlissingen Port Control can be reached on VHF Channel 9. Vlissingen Roads Traffic Centre is on VHF Channel 14.
Vlissingen has large areas of open and covered storage for neobulks, steel products, trade cars, breakbulk, project cargo, dry bulks and liquid bulks such as gasoil, butane, propane, LPG, molasses, edible oil and mineral oil.
Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen undertakes maintenance, repair and modification of ships and floating structures as well as conversion and renovation of specialised vessels.
Harbour tugs are operated by Multraship and Union de Remorquage et de Sauvetage (URS). Harbour tugs with VHF radio are stationed at the port.
The shipyard can accommodate vessels up to 350,000 dwt. There are two graving docks, the larger of which is 217 metres long, plus a floating dock for vessels up to 90,000 dwt.
Signalling PORT+ reports the movements of vessels bound for Antwerp, Ghent, Terneuzen and Vlissingen.
Warehousing Cool and cold storage facilities are provided by private companies in the Bijleveldhaven areas of Vlissingen. The harbour also contains general purpose warehouses as well as dedicated warehousing for products such as tobacco and cellulose.
Waste reception Reception facilities for oily residues and noxious liquid substances and garbage have been provided by the Dutch government under the Marpol agreement. Disposal can be arranged at 24 hoursâ€™ notice through ship agents.
Water Fresh water is available 24 hours a day in Vlissingen. It can be supplied by barge or through shore lines on the quays.
For more information visit: www.vlbvlissingen.nl
TERNEUZEN PORT DETAILS
Terneuzen Port details Approach Port of Terneuzen is on the south bank of River Scheldt, at the entrance to GhentTerneuzen Canal, about 30 km from North Sea. The canal is behind locks and is a Class VI fairway that can receive vessels up to 80,000 dwt with a length overall (LOA) of 265 metres and maximum draught of 12.25 metres (fresh water) and maximum breadth of 40 metres, allowing a vessel with a maximum beam of 37 metres.
Accommodation Canal Ghent-Terneuzen • Noorderkanaalhaven North quay: Length 170 metres, maximum draught 5.5 metres. South quay: Length 192 metres, maximum draught 6.0 metres. Draught in middle of harbour: 7.0 metres. • Zuiderkanaalhaven North quay: Length 225 metres, maximum draught 5.7 metres. South quay: Length 230 metres, maximum draught 6.5 metres, and 350 metres, draught of 5.5 metres
Draught in middle of harbour: 7.3 metres to 5.5 metres. • Massagoedhaven 978 metres of quay with maximum draught of 12.25 metres. • Zevenaarhaven North quay: Length of 421 metres with maximum draught of 8.8 metres and 555 metres with maximum draught of 12.3 to 12.5 metres. South quay: Length of 259 metres with maximum draught of 7.5 metres and 5.3 metres with maximum draught of 7.0 metres. Maximum draught in middle of harbour: 12.5 metres. • Axelse Vlaktehaven 290 metres of quay with maximum draught of 7.5 metres. • Autrichehaven 850 metres of quay with maximum draught of 12.5 metres.
Braakmanhaven Braakmanhaven is part of Terneuzen port area, located directly on Western Scheldt with no locks. Four berths for seagoing vessels and three berths for inland vessels.
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• Scheldt Jetty Along Western Scheldt, east of Braakman Harbour entrance, Scheldt Jetty of Dow Benelux has one berth for vessels up to 22,500 dwt or 200 metres LOA.
• Oceandock Depth, north and south: 14.3 metres LAT.
• Zeeland Container Terminal Length 185 metres, depth: 5.3 metres LAT. Rotterdam
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• Oiltanking Jetties Jetty Otter 1, depth: 12.8 metres Jetty Otter 2, depth: 4.5 metres. • Braakman: jetty depths: Dock A, west: 7.8 m LAT, east: 3.8 m LAT Dock B, west: 7.8 m LAT, east: 5.8 m LAT Dock C, west: 9.8 m LAT, east: 4.3 m LAT.
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Anchorage Vessels can anchor outside channel (maximum draught of 14.6 metres depending on HW Vlissingen). Anchorage is safe with a sandy bottom. It can be used for lightening of bulk carriers and is used as a centre for distribution to other west European ports.
Boatmen Two private firms, Montis Mooring & Boat Service and Verenigde Bootlieden BV (United Boatmen’s Association), provide berthing and unberthing of vessels; communications services; transfer of goods to and from vessels; and a quartermaster service on the River Scheldt and GhentTerneuzen Canal.
Bunkers Fuel and lubricants are generally supplied by tank barge via shipping agent.
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No dedicated bunkering facilities at Dow Benelux, but fuel, fresh water and stores can be supplied by barge. Otherwise, most vessels bunker in Terneuzen Roads. Certain LPG carriers are not permitted to bunker in the roads.
• At light buoy Schouwenbank, pilot station Steenbank, for vessels entering via Oostgat or northern Scheur Channel.
Dow Marine Department can be contacted by VHF radio. Constant radio watch is kept on VHF Channels 13 and 34.
Shore-based pilotage at Vlissingen may be given to certain types of vessel if bad weather prevents pilot from boarding.
Compass adjusting is performed on River Scheldt without tug assistance. Relevant firm can be contacted via ship agent.
Shore-based power connection boxes have been installed in Port of Terneuzen. Power is supplied by Utiliq, a subsidiary of Eneco. In line with other ports, the rate for 2013 has been set at €0.2745 per kWh, including VAT. More information at: www.walstroom.nl.
Pilot vessels must receive at least six hours’ notice of ETA.
The following cranes operate in port area: • All kinds of mobile cranes available. • Four floating cranes (one of 36 tonnes capacity and three of 25 tonnes) operated by Ovet BV with a capacity of 70,000 tonnes per 24 hours. • Several portal cranes with lifting capacity of 45 tonnes.
Storage Port of Terneuzen has sufficient open and covered storage for dry bulks, liquid bulks and general cargo.
• Shiploader of 1,200 tonnes per hour capacity and two gantry grab cranes of 600 tonnes per hour.
River Scheldt generally has two tides per day (high and low water) with a variation of about 5.0 metres between high and low water marks. For more information, please download tide table guide at www. zeelandseaports.com
Compulsory for all seagoing vessels entering port with LOA of over 80 metres and for all tankers carrying dangerous cargo.
Not compulsory within port area except for vessels requiring special permission to transit West Lock. Two companies, Multraship and Union de Remorquage et de Sauvetage (URS), provide towage services in Terneuzen and on canal.
Pilots meet inbound vessels either: • Between light (whistle) buoy A1 off Ostend and SW Akkaert light buoy, pilot station Wandelaar, for vessels entering River Scheldt via Wielingen or southern Scheur Channel, or:
For seagoing vessels calling at Dow jetties, the following tugs are required for entering and manoeuvring in harbour: • Ships up to 100 metres LOA: one tug
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• Ships smaller than 20,000 grt and over 100 metres LOA: two tugs. For seagoing vessels manoeuvring in harbour or when leaving a jetty: • Ships up to 100 metres LOA: one tug
Westerschelde (Western Scheldt Shipping Authority), responsible for navigation assistance in Western Scheldt and on Ghent-Terneuzen Canal as well as operation of Terneuzen locks and bridges over canal. Traffic Centre Terneuzen can be reached on VHF Channel 3 and Port Control Terneuzen on Channel 11 in canal harbours and on canal.
• Ships over 100 metres: two tugs • Ships over 20,000 grt when leaving Ocean Dock South: three tugs. Some vessels are partially exempt from these rules. They include vessels with powerful bow thrusters and vessels leaving Braakman Jetty B West or East and vessels moored with their bows to the north.
Traffic management Traffic is controlled by Traffic Centre Terneuzen, part of Scheepvaartdienst
Water Fresh water can be supplied by barge 24 hours a day in Terneuzen and on River Scheldt. Pumping rate is 115 tonnes an hour. Shipping & Signalling Services reports movement of vessels bound for Antwerp, Ghent, Terneuzen and Vlissingen. Drinking water dispensers have been installed in Terneuzen. They operate with €0.50 coins. Port authority can provide details of tariffs and location of dispensers
Disclaimer: Please note that Zeeland Seaports cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of port details published in this handbook since this information may alter over time. For up-to-date port details, please contact Terneuzen Harbour Service on +31 (0)115 61 21 61 or Vlissingen Harbour Service on +31 (0)115 64 74 44.
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All Techno Support Services B.V.
Alleghany Warehouse Europe B.V.
Arbodienst Zeeland B.V.
Arkema B.V. Lokatie Vlissingen
ASK Romein Offshore B.V.
Bald Shipping Solutions B.V.
Bastiaanse Vlissingen v.o.f.
Belastingdienst/Douane kantoor Vlissingen
Bevordering Windenergie Nederland B.V.
Boot & Buteijn Transport
Borsele Terminal Invest BV
BOW Terminal B.V.
BOW Terminal B.V.
Centrale Organisatie voor Radioactief Afval (COVRA) N.V. 8601
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C C.Ro Ports Nederland B.V.
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Century Aluminum Vlissingen B.V.
Cobelfret Ferries B.V./CdMR B.V.
Cobelfret Waterways SA
Continental Stevedoring Company B.V. 3975
Cordeel Nederland B.V.
C-Port 3989 www.c-port.nl CSAV 1133 www.csav.com D Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding
Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen
De Nooijer stralen en conserveren B.V. 1149
De Ruyter Training & Consultancy B.V.
Delta Energy B.V.
Delta Milieu Composteren B.V.
Delta Milieu Verbranding en Handel B.V. 7260
Delta Milieu Verwerking B.V.
Delta Milieu Verwerking B.V.
Delta Stortplaats Noord en Midden Zeeland B.V.
Deme Building Materials B.V.
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Eeterij Koffiehuis Sloehaven
Euro-mit Staal B.V.
Evides Industriewater B.V.
Fa. Jansen & Co.
Feyter Forklift Services B.V.
Flushing Shipyard De Donge
Flushing Shipping Agencies B.V.
G G4S Beveiliging B.V.
Gaston Schul Vlissingen B.V
GS Staalwerken Vlissingen B.V.
Haventeam, Regiopolitie Zeeland
Heerema Vlissingen B.V.
Hoondert Milieuen Overslagterminal
IBT Centrum Zeeland
Indaver Nederland B.V.
Invista Polyester B.V.
Istimewa Elektrotechniek B.V.
J Jac. Rijk B.V. Juiceland Real Estate B.V. K
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Kloosterboer Vlissingen V.O.F.
Kloosterboer Vlissingen V.O.F.
Kok Beveiliging B.V.
Koolwijk Shipstores B.V.
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Landlust 5000 www.landlust.nl Liftal Hijstechniek
Lloydâ€™s Register EMEA
Marine Containers B.V.
Martens Havenontvangstinstallatie Vlissingen B.V.
Mission to Seafarers
Mourik Vlissingen B.V.
N N.V. Elektriciteits Produktiemaatschappij Zuid-Nederland E.P.Z. 8099
National Oilwell Varco
Nelis B.V. 1135
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Overlasko Konstruktie B.V.
Ovet B.V. Terminal Kaloothaven
Pacorini Metals Terminals B.V. 1199/ 9310 www.pacorinimetals.com Pelt & Hooykaas Vlissingen B.V.
Pfauth Logistics B.V.
ProDelta Management B.V.
R.G.R. Shipping & Forwarding B.V. 1054/ 1052 www.rgr.nl Rademakerâ€™s Controlebedrijf Vlissingen B.V.
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Sagro Aannemingsmaatschappij Zeeland B.V.
Saybolt Nederland BV
Scaldia Logistics B.V.
Scaldia Pacorini Terminals
Scaldia Terminal Operator B.V.
SDW Shipping BV
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Sealake Terminal B.V.
SGS Nederland B.V.
Shipping Trading & Transport B.V.
SITA recycling services
Sloe Centrale B.V.
Sloewarmte B.V. p/a Evides Industriewater B.V.
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Sodexho Food and Management Services 9890 www.sodexho-nl.com Sohier & Rietveld Zeeland Koeltechn. 4060
Sorteerbedrijf Vlissingen B.V.
Supermaritime Nederland B.V.
Supermaritime Van Reems B.V.
Sustainable Logistics Flushing
T Tec Tec Holland B.V.
Technische handelsmaatschappij Abird B.V.
Trainingscentrum Vlissingen B.V.
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V.B.C. Deurloo Vlissingen
Van Gansewinkel Nederland B.V. regio Zuid-West Nederland
VDS Staal- en Machinebouw B.V.
Verbrugge 3501 www.verbrugge.nl Verbrugge Customs B.V.
Verbrugge Internationale Wegtransporten 1134 www.verbrugge.nl Verbrugge Internationale Wegtransporten B.V.
Verbrugge Marine Vlissingen
Verbrugge Scaldia Terminals B.V.
Verbrugge Zeeland Terminals B.V.
Vesta Terminals Flushing B.V.
Vesta Terminals Flushing B.V.
Vlissingse Bootliedenwacht B.V.
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Vlissingse Transport-Beton Onderneming 5995 www.vtobeton.nl Vopak Terminal Vlissingen B.V.
X XL-Systems Europe Grand Prideco
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Z Z.Z. Coldstore B.V.
Zeeland Cruise Port
Zeeland Maritime Cleaning B.V.
Zeeland Port Promotion Council
Zeeland Refinery N.V.
Zeeuwse Reinigingsdienst, Milieustraat Nieuwdorp
Zwaar Transport Zeeland B.V.
ABC Hekwerk Schelde-Delta
Air Liquide Technische Gassen B.V.
Air Products Nederland B.V.
Aricom Yacht Services B.V.
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Bondewel IST B.V.
Bosman B.V. Scheepsreparatie Terneuzen
Ceva Logistics B.V.
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CZAV 3005 www.czav.nl D DB Schenker Rail Nederland N.V.
De Hoop Terneuzen B.V.
de Moor-Vlaeminck B.V.
Delta Milieu B.V.
Diver Underwater Contractors B.V.
Doelder Shipping Agency B.V.
Dow Benelux N.V.
Fassaert Beton B.V.
Flux Electro B.V.
Gebr. Van Duijn B.V.
Geerlings JLM Expeditie B.V.
Groosman Bedrijfswagens B.V.
H4A Infratechniek B.V.
Heros Sluiskil B.V.
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ICL-IP Terneuzen B.V.
Indaver Nederland B.V.
J Jan Snel Zuid B.V.
Jongeneel 1075 www.jongeneel.nl K Katoen Natie Logipark BV
Kelvin Terminals Koelveem B.V.
Kennis- en InnovatieCentrum MVP Terneuzen
Kwekerij 4 Evergreen B.V.
KWS Infra B.V.
Lagan Cement B.V.
Loodswezen regio Scheldemonden
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Machinefabriek Dries Hamelink B.V.
Muller Maritime Holding B.V.
Multi Purpose Terminal
Multraship Towage & Salvage
Navimar 1063 www.navimar.nl O Obeka B.V.
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Oliehandel de Lege B.V.
Oppeneer Olie VIDOL B.V.
Outokumpu Stainless BV
Ovet B.V. Terminal Massagoedhaven
Ovet B.V. Headoffice
Ovet Shipping B.V.
OXBOW Coal B.V.
P Plantacote 3319 www.sqmna.com
PTT 1249 www.etimine.com R R. Swagemakers Transport v.o.f.
Raadgevend Ingenieursburo F. Koch B.V. 1419
Rederij Denick (Rondvaarten)
Rijkswaterstaat Zee en Delta, Dienstkring Zeeuws Vlaanderen
Rosier Nederland B.V.
Sagro Zeeuws-Vlaanderen B.V.
Scheepswerf De Schroef
SGS Nederland B.V.
Sjaak Moens Logistics BV
M. Ruben Timmerbedrijf
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Terneuzen Marine Service B.V.
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Terneuzen Powder Technologies B.V. 1247
TMS Industrial Services
Trinseo Netherlands B.V.
Van Adrichem Kwekerijen
Van de Bilt zaden en vlas BV
Van Denderen Holding B.V.
Van Opdorp Transportgroep
Verbrugge Customs B.V.
Verbrugge Internationale Wegtransporten B.V.
Verbrugge Internationale Wegtransporten B.V.
Verbrugge Terneuzen Terminals B.V. Business Unit Bulk
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Verenigde Bootlieden bv
Vermeulenâ€™s Jachtwerf B.V.
Versloot Zandhandel B.V.
Verspaning Sas van Gent
VGT Zeeuws-Vlaanderen B.V.
Voorlichtings- en opleidingscentrum voor de glastuinbouw
Vopak Agencies Terneuzen B.V.
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Waterschap Scheldestromen Terneuzen 1498
Wolter & Dros TBI techniek
Y Yara Sluiskil B.V. Z
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