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What better testament to the success of Zeeland Seaports then the fact that all existing companies within 5 liquid bulk have seen growth and expansion over the past years? These recent developments within liquid bulk showcase not only that we have the space to expand but also that we are an ideal port as a gateway for further transhipment.

EMS is specialized in slitting the higher grades of electrical steel for the transformer P.O.material Box 535, industry. Wide coils of thin gauge plate is slit down to smaller coils, both widthways and lengthways. EMS is4380 also AM ableVlissingen, to cut theseThe coilsNetherlands into so called laminations of customer-specific lengths and shapes, fitting the requirements of the Location Duitslandweg 7, transformer manufacturers.

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INSIGHTS MARITIME SERVICES ENVIRONMENT AND CULTURE Efficiency, quality and customer service are just a few of region. At the heart of the MVP will be the Knowledge reasons we see the number of companies opting to 10-13the 24-27 use our ports as a base and a link to Europe. With plenty

and Information Centre, which plays an active role in stimulating the constant cooperation between Interview with Zeeland Seaports New opportunities for Industrial Museum Zeeland of space for development and ample opportunities for the businesses based at MVP. Additionally, the new CEO Jan Lagasse Seacontractors future growth, our knowledge and expertise is often put to Workplace Education Environment will provide specialised use to help existing businesses expand and newcomers FUTURE PORTS training with an aim of being complementary to current develop. standard training courses offered. For example, new 2 EVENTS A new era at Ovet welding techniques unique to only a few companies may 3 WELCOME task for the year ahead is two fold –Zeeland Port Reception be offered to further expand4-8 BULLETIN the knowledge of specific LIQUIDThe BULK Zeeland Seaports will adapt to market demands as seen skills. It also further symbolises value ofFOR the BUSINESS 38 the added ZEELAND Networking Event 40 NEW MEMBERS within liquid bulk for example, to ensure the attractiveness MVP: working together on innovative ideas, in order to industry. PARTICIPANTS Triple Threat and possibilities of the ports. AdditionallyLOGISTICS we will continue build a strong position in the41-43 process 46-47 MAPS to improve our already effective transportation network 48 PUBLISHERS INDUSTRY and focus on an efficient and sustainable transportation A sentiment Zeeland Seaports stands by. Railistic Prospects from the ports to the hinterland in Northwest Europe.






20-23One such project is the waterway between the river Seine Maintenance Value Park 36 and the Westernscheldt river for inland navigation. The Cross-Border new Seine-Nord Europe canal is a high capacity freight Rail Bundling

32-35corridor linking major economic centres, expected to be Steel Foundation open by 2020.



Vopak’s Butadiene Cooling Pressurised Gas Storage Spheres in the port of Vlissingen. Read more on Page 14.

Furthermore In our own backyard, we look with enthusiasm towards the future and the realistion of the AES’s Battery Storage Plant Maintenance Value Park (MVP) as the first tenants of Dick Gilhuis this new business park break ground. We anticipate the Zeeland Seaports Commercial Director added value this project will bring to our ports and the


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Readership Each issue of the high-quality quarterly magazine Zeeland PortNews reaches approximately 10,000 readers, including: – key port customers from a constantly updated global database – business partners in transport, logistics, fabrication and port services – port and community stakeholders in Zeeland and beyond – visitors to major international trade events. Algemeen 2015.indd 1

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As we kick off 2016, the first issue of Zeeland PortNews will focus on two critical success factors to operations of the ports in Zeeland – accessibility and development.

The ports of today have transformed from mere ship to shore connections into extensive logistical platforms forming industrial and economic clusters. Ports play an important role in regards to the global supply chain, and the effective and efficient management of products and information within it is key. An efficient and modern intermodal system is crucial to any port’s success. And the secret to the success of our ports is making the transfer between ship, barge, rail and truck as streamlined as possible. The stainless steel processing company Outokumpu, for example, utilises the water for the efficient transport of stainless steel in large quantities. Their location in the Terneuzen port area is extremely important to the efficient transport of products. In addition to the water connection, Outokumpu also takes advantage of the direct rail and congestion free road access streamlining their supply to Western Europe.   On this track, we take a closer look at the blossoming rail transport mode in the region. The incentive to set up European rail freight corridors to improve cross border transport has complemented the development of infrastructure.

Not only does rail transport have an environmental impact as it decreases the amount of trucks on the roads, but the rail network connection from the Zeeland ports to Germany offers a wide range of transport options in both the ports of Terneuzen and Vlissingen. Rapid transportation from the ports to the hinterland is key and a new rail connection between our Terneuzen port and the port of Ghent (Belgium) is to be optimised for rail cargo. Moving forward this will be another item on the extensive list of developments that will make the ports of Zeeland a gateway to Europe and beyond for various segments.

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Cruise ship Marco Polo leaves Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen At the end of 2015, Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen (DSV), part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC), said farewell to Marco Polo, the 800 passenger cruise ship owned by Global Maritime and operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages. Launched in 1964 as the Aleksandr Pushkin, she was in for her 10th special survey and general maintenance and refurbishment. The project took around five weeks to complete. An elegant vessel whose design harks back to an earlier era, the Marco Polo had a full schedule of works during her time at DSV. These included an exterior repainting, interior repairs and maintenance. Other actions included work on the propellers and propeller shafts, reconditioning the bearings on the main engines and servicing the air-conditioning units and gensets. The life-rafts and other safety equipment also removed and serviced, the cranes and winches overhauled and various minor steel works performed. PHOTO COURTESY OF DAMEN

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Zeeland Seaports gets new weekly liner service to Ecuador Ecuador service will make an interim stop in the port of Vlissingen to take on return cargo. Star Reefers has been operating a successful service between Ecuador (Guayaquil) and Saint Petersburg for years and were looking for additional return

As of early February, shipping line Star Reefers began operating a new weekly liner service from the port of Vlissingen to Ecuador, for containers and other cargo. The existing Saint Petersburg-

cargo destined for Ecuador. As companies in the hinterland of Zeeland Seaports generate sufficient return cargo heading for South America, an interim stop in Vlissingen is ideal. From Vlissingen, there will be a direct route to Ecuador, meaning that the liner service requires less time than existing liner container services. In addition to the availability of sufficient return cargo, the favourable location in relation to the North Sea and the fast connections to and from the hinterland were important reasons why Star Reefers made the choice for Zeeland Seaports.

Business Center Seaports gains news division - S.T.T. Forwarding

The Guardian officially handed over In January, the Dutch coast guard signed a new contract for the deployment of a tugboat (and crew) for emergency towing assistance in the North Sea. The contract was concluded for 10 years with Multraship Ocean Towage. Following a period of dry-docking and painting, the vessel was renamed Guardian. The vessel departed the port of Vlissingen to the port of Den Helder, for an official handover ceremony.


Chiquita drops Bremerhaven and moves streams to Vlissingen


S.T.T. Forwarding, a new subdivison of Shipping & Trading and Transport (S.T.T.) a part of Business Center Seaports will be operational as of 1 April 2016. S.T.T. offers a wide variety of services from one centrally located coordination centre in the port of Vlissingen. S.T.T. Forwarding will be spearheaded by Remko Van Reems and take over all services previously provided by Supermartime Van

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Reems B.V. These include daily international shipments by sea, road and air in partnership with independent transport companies. The key strategic ports of Vlissingen, Rotterdam and Antwerp can act as logistics hubs for all transport modes. Comprehensive customs regulations and documentation handling is also a part of S.T.T. Forwarding’s service package.

Chiquita will send the conventional reefer ships of the Great White Fleet only to Vlissingen and drop the German Bremershaven port from the shipping schedule. Transhipment company Kloosterboer, in the port of Vlissingen, is profiting from this strategic decision. Banana producer Chiquita made Vlissingen an important transhipment point in Europe last year. “The volumes that are usually unloaded in the Bremerhaven will now be coming to Vlissingen,” states Kloosterboer Director Jack Kloosterboer. He expects a doubling of Chiquita’s load supply, which amounts to 400,000 pallets.

New container service between port of Terneuzen and Antwerp

Barge operator Transbox United has commencede a container service between the Terneuzen port area and Antwerp. The service is referred to as the Vlaey Express service, which leaves from the Vlaeyterminal in Terneuzen and journeys on the Ghent-Terneuzen canal. The service is performed by a push boat combo of 176 TEU and departs twice a week: Tuesdays and Thursdays. The service is a collaboration of Transbox, Vlaeynatie, Rhenus and Swagemakers from Westdorpe. Vlaeynatie settled early last year in the Terneuzen port area and is active in the storage and distribution of fertilizers. Late last year, the company announced the construction of a new sugar terminal at Westdorpe.

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Zeeland Port Reception 2015

The ground-breaking ceremony was held for the new Yara Urea-8 granulation plant in Sluiskil. Yara International will invest EUR 700 million euro for new production installations over the next five years. The investment, which secures the future of the Sluiskil production location on the GhentTerneuzen Canal Zone will also realise a strong reduction of emissions. During the ceremony, Dick Engelhardt (Zeeland Seaports) handed over a cheque to the Zeeland Environmental Federation (ZMF) which played an active role in supporting natural wildlife surrounding the Yara factory. Immediately following the ground-breaking, the Green Deal was signed by the province MR. HENK KAMP, MINISTER OF ECONOMIC AFFAIRS (L.) AND MR JON SLETTEN, CEO OF YARA SLUISKIL of Zeeland, Gasunie Transport Services, DOW, ICL-IP, Yara, Impuls Zeeland and Zeeland Seaports. The Green Deal marks the start of a regional hydrogen incentive, where chemical companies exchange hydrogen by a pipeline. DOW produces hydrogen as a byproduct in the cracking process and companies like Yara and ICL-IP need hydrogen as inputs for their final products. This clustering is a successful example of industry cooperation within the Smart Delta Resources Platform (SDR) and a testament to the synergy of industry prevalent within Zeeland.


Ground-breaking ceremony and signing of Green Deal for hydrogen exchange

Unique in Europe - certified water purification system

Top performance in refining Zeeland Refinery is one of the most efficient refineries and performs as one of best in Western Europe. The refinery has a crude oil distillation unit and one of the largest hydrocrackers in Europe. THE MPS CHARLES DICKENS

Pure Blue Water is the first company in Europe (based in Zeeland) to be fully certified for the biological treatment of waste water systems on board river cruise vessels. The biofilm reactor in the ‘Innopack ++ Marine’ ensures that all wastewater is purified resulting in high effluent water quality. The installation is unique, due to its compactness, and the ease of operation means less operational requirements and low maintenace for crew. The entirely remote management of the installation is carried out by Pure Blue Water from Kapellebrug, the trade name for Advanced Waste Water Solutions (AWWS). This sustainable system ensures full compliance with stringent European legislation. The innovations have been successfully applied to a number of ships, such as the MPS Charles Dickens.

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The Zeeland Port Reception 2015 was held on Wednesday December 15th and marked the first time that the event was mutually organised by Zeeland Seaports the association of industrial and port companies Portiz, and the Zeeland Port Promotion Council (ZPPC). More than 300 invitees were welcomed in the Abbey of Middelburg by Mr Jan Lagasse, CEO of Zeeland Seaports, Mr Henk de Haas, Chairman of the ZPPC, and Mr Frans Kempenaars, Chairman of Portiz. After the first hour of guest arrivals in the Abbey’s attractive medieval convent corridor, the doors to the Great Church were opened to officially begin the traditional end-of-the-year gathering. Lagasse emphasised the crucial importance of cooperation between the port-related companies that together form the engine of the provice of Zeeland’s economy. Only through widespread collaboration will it be possible to maintain the blossoming number of port companies and a healthy economy aimed at innovation and sustainability. After Lagasse’s opening speech, there was a panel discussion between Lagasse, De Haas and Kempenaars. Once again it became clear that mutual cooperation and the courage to let go of one’s own position are vital to the future success of the port of Zeeland. The reception was concluded with a buffet dinner that offered everyone present the opportunity to network in a relaxed Christmas atmosphere and to close off the 2015 business year.


Networking event in the port of Vlissingen a succes On 3 December 2015, a Flemish-Zeeland networking event was held in the port of Vlissingen. The purpose of the event was to strengthen the existing ties between the port associated companies of Zeeland and that of its neighbours in and around the ports of Ghent, Zeebrugge and Ostend. This united representatives from logistics and production companies in and around the ports in both countries.

Ostend. “They are all seaports, they are situated closely together, and a continued development here offers opportunities for everybody,” he said. “Cooperation means that we, after Rotterdam, Antwerp en Hamburg, will take the fourth place in this part of Europe.”

The Flanders Chamber of Commerce and association of port-related companies in Ghent (Voka /VeGHO) together with Zeeland Seaports hosted the event, which was held on board the Denick II, and included a tour around the port of Vlissingen. Jan Lagasse, CEO of Zeeland Seaport, gave everybody a warm welcome and emphasised the importance of the cooperation between Zeeland Seaports and the Belgian ports of Ghent, Zeebrugge and


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Winning Combinations Zeeland Seaports’ Strategic Master Plan 2015 - 2022 With an added value of EUR 5 billion and cargo traffic exceeding 33 million tonnes, Zeeland Seaports is the third largest port in the Netherlands. To maintain this position and capitalise on future opportunities in Zeeland, the port intends to continue to develop in the coming decade. Port authority Zeeland Seaports has drafted an ambitious new strategic master plan entitled “Winning Combinations”. Collaboration is a key word within this plan, as it is through collaborative measures that the port will further strengthen its position and the economy in the region. Zeeland Seaports CEO Jan Lagasse explains the direction the port authority will take.

The strategic master plan was drafted in close cooperation with the stakeholders of the ports of Zeeland. In-depth interviews were conducted with customers, shareholders, public servants, suppliers and environmental organisations. Trends were analysed and the current ‘status quo’ was assessed. The result of this is a plan with six main pillars: Clustering, Sustainability, Infrastructure, Attraction and Reliability, Financial Stability and Professional Organisation. A seventh additional pillar includes the collaboration and cooperation with and between the ports. The pillars will serve as a road map to enhance the strengths of the port and stimulate future growth.

Through actively facilitating and identifying clustering opportunities, Zeeland Seaports creates a winning combination.


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A clear and proven advantage of Zeeland Seaports is the unique combination of logistics and industrial activities. Zeeland Seaports, the merger port of the adjacent ports of Vlissingen and Terneuzen, retains a strong position within the liquid as well as dry bulk sectors. The presence of well established companies such as DOW Benelux, Verbrugge. Heerema, Yara, Cobelfret and Kloosterboer and newcomers as Vlaeynatie and SQM and the powerful position Zeeland Seaports holds within the bulk market provides a breeding ground for further business. “The combined

potential on both sides of the Westerscheldt river with a synthesis of logistics and (chemical) industry is significant and needs to be preserved,” states Lagasse. “This will be done in a number of ways.” Primarily the notion of Clustering will serve at the forefront of the actions to amplify the competiveness of the companies in the ports. “Herein Zeeland Seaports will take on a facilitating role as well as actively identifying clustering opportunities.” According to Lagasse, clustering extends further than businesses within the same sector and can take place in a number of ways. This can include the coupling of waste streams, bundling of goods flows, knowledge sharing and innovation. This could entail sharing a physical link, for example between energy companies, a logistics link through joint ventures or when one company utilises the by-products of another company as a raw material. “Clustering companies in the region will serve as an anchor for the port and thus the economy. Currently, about 15% of the companies in the port are clustered in one way or another. We aim for this to increase to 35% by 2022. This will not only make companies stronger and thus more competitive but is also closely linked to improved environmental sustainability,” says Lagasse.




Facts & Figures Zeeland Seaports – #1 in the Netherlands for the storage and transfer of non-organic fruit The focus on growth will be on five segments: (fresh) food, fertilisers, project cargo (offshore wind, oil and gas), liquid bulk and general cargo (break bulk). Each segment will have initiatives, which aim to further nurture the notion of clustering. For example, the food port Vlissingen (Vlissingen-East) will be expanded to increase the cargo flow and a medium-sized container terminal also in the port of Zeeland Seaports will be realised. Attracting new manufacturing and assembly operations will be the focus within the project cargo sector.


“The development of the port should not be at the expense of the environment in the vicinity of the port,” according to Lagasse. “Collaborating with governments and environmental organisations will see environmental objectives such as the minimisation of CO2 emissions in the port area realised.” The modal split will also become more ‘green’ through the increase of rail transport and via pipelines. Zeeland Seaports will facilitate the development of Multi Utility Provider (MUP), an underground pipeline route for the supply of utilities and semi-finished products. This falls within the framework of industrial symbiosis, an initiative for the physical exchange of materials between companies. “Zeeland Seaports will continue to engage in sustainable (cross-border) partnerships with other ports” states Lagasse. In recent years, substantial investments have been made to improve the maritime infrastructure of the Canal Zone. The new large sealock in Terneuzen, scheduled for completion in 2021, is a prime example of this. “We will also realise bunkering facilities for LNG,” says Lagasse. From 2020 ships can make use of these bunkering facilities located in the port. “Furthermore, we aim to obtain the Ecoports environmental accreditation latest by 2019 and will encourage companies to bundle and optimise the use of energy and reduce transportation needs.”


Zeeland Seaports will actively seek opportunities to further develop the companies in the port through sustainable transportation modes, such as inland shipping and rail. Inland Shipping traditionally has a strong position in the port of Zeeland. This position can greatly improve in the near future through the arrival of a streamlined connection for barges between

– #1 in Europe for the storage and handling of timber, fertilisers and monopoles for offshore wind energy

the Scheldt and the Seine rivers making Zeeland the maritime gateway to Paris. Rail transport currently amounts to 6% of the modal split and the target is for this to increase. “The port of Vlissingen is currently connected through an electrified railway line to the main railway track VlissingenRoosendaal and efforts to further strengthen rail freight will be addressed for example an improved connection in the Canal Zone (Ghent-Terneuzen),” states Lagasse.

– #1 in the world for the storage and handling of non-ferrous metals – More than 32,500 people work daily in and around the ports of Zeeland

It is the goal of Zeeland Seaports that by the end of the plan period, ideal infrastructure scenarios will be in place. The growing demand for development space will be met with sufficient land available for development. Zeeland Seaports wants to develop areas for business activities such as the new Sloepoort Business Park, an area on the outskirts of the port of Vlissingen. The Maintenance Value Park, a newly developed business area situated between the Westerschelt river and the locks of the Terneuzen port area will encompass a total of 15 hectares of available land and serve as a hub for businesses providing services to the region’s process industry.

– More than 200 companies are located in the port area – The companies at Zeeland Seaports contribute EUR 5 billion to the economy

Attraction and Reliability

Zeeland Seaports is renowned for its deepwater location and good hinterland connections. Improvements in the seafaring access to VlissingenEast are a must to ensure accessibility. In 2018, Zeeland Seaports intends that a depth of at least 17 metres in the Vlissingen-East area will be realised, and this draft can be fully utilised by 2022. In 2018, the Management Integration Ghent and Terneuzen (MIGHT) program will be introduced. This is a collaborative project for the joint maritime management in the Ghent-Terneuzen canal and in the port of Vlissingen/ Borsele. One of the project’s goals is to ensure consistent turnaround times for shipping in 2022 despite increasing traffic.

Future Focus

Zeeland Seaports believes in the power of the ports of Zeeland, its customers and partners hence the tittle of the plan –“Winning Combinations”. Cooperating and connecting companies must provide an added value and be a winning combination. The plan focuses on developing a port region recognised for its excellent infrastructure, reliability and sustainable solutions. The professional and financially sound port authority of Zeeland Seaports will accommodate this development. ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF DNA-BEELDBANK WWW.LAATZEELANDZIEN.NL

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Triple Threat

Growth, investment and customer confidence are the consistent aspects contributing to Zeeland Seaports’ reputation as a European hub and gateway for liquid bulk.


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Liquid Bulk is a staple of daily life and can be classified into edible commodities such as fruit juices and vegetable oils, and non-edible such as chemical solvents, gasoline, fertilizers and liquefied Propane gas (LPG). These free-flowing liquid cargoes are poured into and extracted out of large tank spaces, known as the holds of a tanker and are typically transported by intermodal tank containers carrying up to 35,000 litres. The rising demand for storage, blending and distribution of finished products requires space, quay and jetty capacity. The liquid storage market has been in continual transformation and requires boosting the efficiency of tank terminal operations, supply chain optimization and further investment to meet industry demands. Trends within liquid bulk have a tremendous impact on the market as well as the logistics that surround this commodity. For example, less fuel is being used in Europe as cars are becoming more and more fuel-efficient. The demand for diesel fuel has increased while the demand for gasoline has resulting in diesel being imported to Europe and gasoline exported. The heightened awareness and technologies of fuel-efficiency has also led to further developments such as bio-ethanol or bio-diesel, which involves a completely different storage capacity.

Unbeatable Location

The expansion and investment of tank storage companies continues at Zeeland Seaports. What sets Zeeland Seaports apart and allows it to accommodate to this growing commodity is the ample space for development, cost effective ship-to-ship transfers and unlimited deep-draught access with minimum deviation from main shipping routes. Zeeland Seaports is ideally located between Rotterdam and Antwerp, with free access to the open sea and a first-rate network of road, rail, pipeline and inland waterway links to the hinterland of Europe. Even the largest seagoing vessels are able to call at Zeeland Seaports without tidal restrictions. In addition, the ports handle a wide range of short sea and inland vessels providing a comprehensive network of cargo services.


tanks measure 97 metres in length with a diameter of over 10 metres and weigh 1,100 tonnes each. In addition to the new tanks, new lines to the terminal were added along with a new computer system implemented for all tanks. Oiltanking Terneuzen’s terminal also experienced extensive growth with storage capacity expanding by 100,000 m3 increasing capacity from two million to six million tonnes. The terminal has several jetty positions and offers direct logistic services to producers located in the area. Additionally, the terminal has access to deep-sea port facilities for vessels transporting cargo up to 132,000 tonnes. The state-of-the-art terminal has tanks ranging from 1,000 up to 40,000 m3 made of stainless or mild steel as well as low-pressure tanks, all equipped with dedicated connections to all jetties and the loading racks for tank trucks and railcars.

Key Players

Zeeland Seaports has various dedicated terminals for all cargo segments yet liquid bulk has witnessed a significant expansion and modernisation of its tank storage facilities. “All existing companies within liquid bulk have seen substantial growth throughout the past years which is evident in expansion activities,” states Zeeland Seaports Commercial Manager Peter Geertse. An example of such growth was evident at Terneuzen Powder Technologies (TPT), a fully integrated chemical company with a wide range of services including the handling and storage of chemical liquids and powders in their fully equipped Tankfarm and Silopark. TPT recently added an additional four storage tanks to their location in the Terneuzen port area. With its own berthing quay for loading and unloading vessels, nearby rail connection and excellent accessibility by road in a still congestion-free area, TPT’s facility is equipped for providing professional services in the Benelux, and further on in Europe. Furthermore, Vopak, an international provider of independent tank storage for the oil and chemical industries, experienced a 28% growth last year and witnessed the construction of six new 18 I Zeeland PortNews

tanks at the Vopak terminal in Vlissingen. The expansion was achieved due to a growth in the market for propane, butane (LPG) and other liquefied chemical gases. LPG is often used as a fuel (vehicles and heating) and as a raw material for the chemical industry, while the other chemical gases are used for products in the rubber industry (tires) and plastics (fiber, packaging). The port of Vlissingen is ideally positioned for gas storage and the increased capacity of Vopak’s terminal confirms their commitment to Vlissingen and the gas market. Officially referred to as mounded bullets, Vopak’s new cylindrical shaped tanks were built in Spain before being buried in the sand bed. The tanks were transported from Spain to Vlissingen by sea, which posed a great logistical challenge as the three longest

Sustainable Industry

With the increased demand to accommodate larger ships, the challenge arises to provide sufficient space, quay and jetty capacity. Zeeland Seaports is meeting this demand as well as accommodating market developments. European policy on biofuels and alternative energy has an impact on new investments. With increased varieties of fuels and energy, the market is becoming more dynamic. Bio-fuels and alternative fuels such as LNG and CNG are changing the market rapidly, asking for more variety of (smaller) tanks and blending facilities, compared to traditional storage of crude oil. In addition, sulphur content regulations in Europe require more added value services from tank terminal operators.

Zeeland Seaports is investing in a sustainable future through Biopark Terneuzen and Bio Base Europe, dedicated to the handling, production and development of bio-fuels and alternative energy. Biopark Terneuzen represents a new way of thinking in the creation of agro-industrial sustainability. Under the ‘Smart Link’ heading, Biopark Terneuzen promotes and facilitates synergies between businesses located in the same geographic area. Specifically, it helps to maximise the potential of the exchange and use of each other’s by-products and waste products, which then become feedstock, energy or utility supplements for their own production processes. The Bio Base Europe Training Centre in Terneuzen is a centre for education that promotes the development of a sustainable bio-based economy. It offers general and company-specific training and is closely attuned to market demands.

For more information about offshore wind and oil & gas, please contact: Zeeland Seaports Commercial Manager Peter Geertse T: +31 115 647 400 M: +31 653 193 275 i:

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A New Era at Ovet

Since its founding in 1957, Ovet, a specialist in dry bulk storing, transhipping and processing has had three Managing Directors. Since mid October 2015, Vincent Courtois has taken on this role and aims to sustain the company’s values and reputation while leading it into an era that will see coal volumes decrease. What brought you to this position?

As the son of a former barge captain I was always attracted by the water. After public administration and maritime studies, it didn’t take long for me to find a job in the port of Ghent. I was the terminal manager at Ghent Coal Terminal for 6 years, where I learned a lot about stevedoring and value added activities in the coal business such as screening and washing of many different grades of coal. This led me to my role at Mechel Carbon, a Russian coal and steel producing company, where I was responsible for the follow-up of the operations and quality in their coal distribution business in Western Europe. It was at that time that I became familiar with Ovet from a customer perspective, appreciating the high level of quality the company was providing. Having experience in both stevedoring and coal trading I didn’t hesitate to apply when I learned that Johan Martin was retiring as Ovet’s Managing Director.

What attracted to you to the position?

Ovet is a well-respected company in Zeeland known for providing a high level of flexibility and quality in its service towards industrial end users and coal traders. I was especially attracted by the challenge to lead this company into an era where coal consumption is under pressure.

What is your company strategy for the next year and how to you intend to support it?

On a short term basis, we will try to secure volumes by valorising recent investments in a train loading station and added value activities such as screening, crushing, blending and washing of coals. On a longer-term basis we will look into the diversification of our activities and add extra value for our customers through vertical integration of activities.

new customers. In order for the dry bulk sector to be able to restructure, the government should develop a clear and long-term energy policy in which it determines what the future for coal and bio-mass will be. The absence of such a policy makes it difficult for dry bulk stevedores to determine their long-term strategies.

What are items on your agenda that you would like to accomplish in this role?

Ovet is a company which has had only three Managing Directors since its founding in 1957 and has an excellent reputation in terms of flexibility and quality ever since. As 20 years seems to be the average term of an Managing Director for OVET I will have to accomplish a lot but the priority is to maintain the company’s values and reputation while leading it into an era where coal volumes will decrease.

What do you see as the benefits of Zeeland and are you now living here?

The benefits of Zeeland are plural. There’s a skilled work force with a good work ethic. The infrastructure link the port with the hinterland is not as congested as around the major cities and is still being improved. Although it is not always very easy to secure government funds for further investment in the region, I see that stakeholders are joining efforts in order to keep the region competitive. I’m living in Evergem, close to Ghent, but located on the canal from Terneuzen to Ghent. It is a part of the ‘canal community’ in which the border is increasingly fading, proof of which is the close collaboration between the ports of Ghent and Zeeland Seaports. Thanks to the tunnels, the commute to the Ovet terminals in Terneuzen and Vlissingen is fast and therefore there was no need to relocate.

Moving forward what are some items that may pose a challenge to operations?


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Maintenance Value Park The Maintenance Value Park in Terneuzen is now in the realisation phase after extensive planning and development. The land has been acquired, development and pre-work is complete, and the first tenant, Trinseo, has been confirmed.

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The Maintenance Value Park is a newly developed business area situated between the Westerschelt river and the locks of the Terneuzen port area. With a total of 15 hectares of land available, companies settling at Maintenance Value Park will benefit from both the location as well as the expertise of Zeeland Seaports and Dow Chemical, concerning park infrastructure and regional economic development. Encompassed in the Maintenance Value Park will be businesses that provide services to the region’s process industry.

location of the Maintenance Value Park next to the area where our factories are located, we chose this option,” says Director Frans Kempenaars. “The new building will solve our immediate office space problems. The move will provide more internal and external identity as an independent company and the new building will also provide opportunities for future growth,” says Kempenaars. The construction of the new building is set to begin in 2016, and Trinseo will move in before summer 2017. “I hope over time the Maintenance Value Park will become a true maintenance hotspot where partners work together on innovative ideas to improve maintenance productivity. With all the industry around the Terneuzen and Vlissingen ports, maintenance is a key strength for the area,” says Kempenaars.

The Maintenance Value Park is an initiative of Valuepark, a joint venture between Dow and Zeeland Seaports and Valuepark Terneuzen will build and manage the infrastructure. The necessary infrastructure for the new business park includes construction of 1-kilometre of new road access (which will cross an existing secondary dyke) and connection of this new road to the roundabout next to the provincial Dow farm communication center; diverting existing cables and pipes and construction of new utilities. The joint venture is building on the expertise of Zeeland Seaports for this part of the project.

Kempenaars is also the Chairman of PORTIZ (Port & Industry Zeeland), an association of industrial and port companies in the region. “I believe it is an opportunity for the area to focus on maintenance and to strengthen the knowledge base by collaboration and innovation. Also working together with schools and institutes can be beneficial for all parties involved. The Maintenance Value Park will facilitate this development,” comments Kempenaars.

“Zeeland Seaports has an extensive network within the region and beyond which is often utilised to respond to inquiries regarding opportunities in the area. Through their expertise and network they successfully position themselves as an approachable contact regardless of the company size – our collaboration with Zeeland Seaports has always been very constructive,” according to Rob Rutjens, Dow Industry Park Leader.

Careful Consideration

With plans for further development of its own production facility, Dow recognised an impending need for the land currently occupied by contracting service companies. The Maintenance Value Park was created in order to facilitate an easy transition for these companies to a new location. The companies currently located on the site will continue to provide services to Dow in the future. The new location is close to Dow but is not regarded as a Dow facility. This will allow companies who service Dow to also service external companies and offer development opportunities. For example, companies currently operating out of the Dow site are not able to employ personnel under the age of 18 due to Dow site regulations. The new Maintenance Value Park will not have such restrictions, thus enabling more training possibilities for younger trainees as well as apprenticeships for students.

Developing Ingenuity

Upon consulting the existing companies, the need for both training and innovation facilities was identified. With this in mind, a plan was developed not only for office space, but also for training facilities and innovation centre. The new Maintenance Value Park will comprise of three pillars – office and shop space, the Knowledge and Innovation centre and the Workplace Education Environment. “The Knowledge and Innovation centre has become an entity of it’s own,” according to Rutjens. Not only limited to the tenants of Maintenance Value Park itself, it is a co-operative association created to also develop solutions for companies who may not have the resources for innovation on their own and companies in other regions willing to participate and contribute in innovation. In 24 I Zeeland PortNews


a short period of time, and before the Maintenance Value Park is open, there are already 30 companies who have joined this initiative including BASF Antwerp, Zeeland Refinery, Yara, ENGIE, Spie and Exxon Mobil to name a few, indicating a need for innovation in maintenance. Experienced employees from various member companies can work together to develop new technologies, new solutions and work practices to become more productive and efficient. Operating on a project-to-project basis, members can take part in individual projects with a project coordinator assigned to each project facilitating the planning and execution. More than 30 projects are currently in progress at this time.

centre has inspired and predicts this will continue in the future. “The intention to create one culture, one atmosphere, one mind-set that acts as a stimulus for innovation and ingenuity has become a reality. We have created a strong network that is growing. A contributing factor to the interest in the Knowledge and Innovation centre and one that differentiates it, is the emphasis applied to practical, down to earth projects. The outcome of which is a safer, smarter and more efficient way of working. It’s a win-win for all parties involved. Key factors for the future success of the centre will be further companies settling at the Maintenance Value Park and government support in terms of funding for projects and initiatives.”

The Knowledge and Innovation centre forms the heart of the Maintenance Value Park and plays an active role in stimulating the constant cooperation between the businesses based there, the education sector and external knowledge institutions. It symbolises the added value of working together on innovative ideas to build an even stronger position in the process industry.

The new Workplace Education Environment will provide specialised training with an aim of being complementary to current standard training courses offered. For example, new welding techniques unique to only a few companies may be offered. Such training will help to further expand the knowledge of workers in this area through small groups, and specific skills training.

Hans de Rijk Director of ENGIE, formerly known as Cofely – a future tenant to Maintenance Value Park, is also the Vice-Chairman of the Knowledge and Innovation centre. “As a tenant, the ‘V’ in value was a deciding factor in ENGIE’s move to the Maintenance Value Park. We clearly recognised the benefit of being surrounded not only by our stakeholders but also by service providers. Logistically we also saw opportunities of being situated in such a strategic location, this made the decision to move straightforward.”

First in Line

As a board member of the Knowledge and Innovation centre, De Rijk has already experienced the successful collaboration the

To facilitate the steady growth of Trinseo Netherlands in Terneuzen, the company selected the Maintenance Value Park Terneuzen for the construction of a new office building and in doing so, have signed on to become the first tenants of the park. Trinseo was looking for a new location for its Terneuzen Headquarters and Plastics R&D facilities. They evaluated several locations and the Maintenance Value Park was the best alternative both from a cost and location perspective. “Leading up to the decision taken to build this new facility, there were multiple locations that we considered. Due to the convenient

The first phase of the Maintenance Value Park will see 10 hectares developed of the 15 purchased. The infrastructure plan for phase 1 of the Maintenance Value Park design was chosen to facilitate easy expansion of the infrastructure for the subsequent development of phase 2. “Preparations for the construction of the infrastructure are in full swing,” according to Jacco Vader, Valuepark Project Manager at Zeeland Seaports. In the coming months, the public tender will be announced for the construction of road infrastructure. Work is expected to then commence in April / May timeframe with diverting existing cables and pipelines and the construction of the road. Work on the infrastructure will be completed by mid-March 2017. The service companies who currently operate out of the Dow site have been invited to move to the new Maintenance Value Park and have until the end of 2017 to decide whether they will move. The Maintenance Value Park will offer service providers the possibility for expansion and collaborations. With the confirmation of Trinseo as the first client, the Maintenance Value Park is now becoming a reality. The development group APF-Cordeel, are now able to put into action the Maintenance Value Park Masterplan. Included in this plan are ten buildings to house approximately 25 businesses. Some buildings will be built to suit a particular organisation, such as Trinseo, while other facilities will be rented on a short-term basis, to cater to flexibility required by some maintenance providers. The current master plan is 94% filled with companies who have confirmed their interest in the Maintenance Value Park, and negotiations are in an advanced stage for confirmation of a second tenant. Erik De Bruyn, General Manager Cordeel comments, “With this project, we show our commitment to the region in which we are located and it is a region we strongly believe in. It is, for us, a unique opportunity to contribute to the further expansion of the port area and the realisation of a cluster of maintenance and process industry related businesses in Zeeland.”


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Facing the Industry

New Opportunities on the Horizon for Seacontractors Challenging times for the oil and gas industry have emerged, therefore it takes determined players to recognise new opportunities. One of the entrepreneurs with a pro-active vision is Xander Schanssema, the Executive Director and Founder of Seacontractors. Zeeland PortNews met up with him to discuss how the company conquers setbacks in the industry.


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Changing Focus

Over the last 10 years Seacontractors has developed into an established service provider with a large fleet of modern offshore support vessels. They subdivide their work fields into three sections: offshore energy, maritime infrastructure and towage salvage and ship handling services. “One thing we see happening due to the challenging industry is that our energy division gets smaller while our maritime infrastructure section grows,” Mr Schanssema says. “We expect the civil section to be one of our main business in the future, especially with the growing offshore wind farm business in Zeeland. The ports in Zeeland are strategically positioned when it comes to the offshore wind business. Offering scrapping and decommissioning services for the Noordzee will enhance our chances of staying successful. In addition, we’ve been specialised in the renewable industry from the beginning and a part of our fleet is deployed in the ports of Zeeland. You could say we have a positive outlook on the times to come.” In addition to their fleet Seacontractors is also active in ship management, offshore brokerage, salvage/wreck removal, terminals and ship management, for a wide and expanding international client portfolio. Just recently they worked on the KNPC project for Van Oord in Kuwait and against all odds closed a long-term deal in 28 I Zeeland PortNews

Australia. “It is really exceptional at times like these to make longterm agreements. Normally we work on shorter projects, which makes it necessary to adapt quickly and switch between jobs,” Mr Schanssema says.

Specialised Service

Seacontractors operates offshore support vessels; Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessels and Multicats currently in the range of 0 to 110 tonnes bollard pull. The company purchased its first ship in 2006 and have since expanded their fleet to a total of seventeen ships. With a young and modern fleet, Seacontractors has operated in more than 20 countries across five continents with 135 employees. “We still see room for growth,” says Mr Schanssema. “Last year we gained eight vessels in total, including two new vessels from Damen Shipyards Group.” The two originally built Stan Tugs have been completely converted into customised AHT vessels. They were released from the Damen Song Cam shipyard in Haiphong in August 2015. “These workboats are a great addition to the existing fleet, enabling us to pursue our ambitions and satisfy the specific needs of the maritime industry by offering specialised services.” The other six vessels added, so called B-type vessels, are part of a division within Koninklijke Boskalis Westminster.

The addition of the eight vessels to the existing operating fleet of Seacontractors will strengthen operational synergies as well as international market positions.

Taking a Chance

Seacontractors has refocused on five geographical regions including Northwest Europe where nine to ten ships are deployed at the moment, the Middle East and South America. Most recently in Africa (focus on West coast, East coast and inland waters), Seacontractors opened a branch office in Nigeria called Seacontractors Nigeria Ltd. “We have the ability to change regions depending on the workforce and projects,” Mr Schanssema adds. “Even though the oil and gas industry is at its worst, we still opened a new office in the Middle East,” he explained. “We predict to grow in terms of civil construction with our quality service and certificates.” Seacontractors prides itself on being able to work towards international standards in any location. “Appreciating the value of the local culture is crucial, as well as having a healthy relationship with local partners/agents to run the operation efficiently and profitably,” Mr Schanssema says.




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Railistic Prospects at Zeeland Seaports Zeeland Seaports offers a one-stop shop with access to a reliable train network through a streamlined freight corridor. With several improvement initiatives underway aimed at increasing rail traffic in the region, transshipment opportunities are the rise offering an extensive portfolio of efficient and sustainable distribution possibilities. Rail transport at Zeeland Seaports’ combined ports is increasing with more than 2.2 million tonnes of cargo travelling annually from the two adjacent ports of Vlissingen and Terneuzen and train traffic of 3500 to 1600 individual trains respectively. Because of the short travel times, rail transport is ideal for transporting cargo rapidly across long distances and it offers a good solution for efficient transport of large volumes. Of the total number of trains that embark at Zeeland Seaports, 95-100% are destined internationally, reaching several European locations within a day and a staggering more than 500 million European consumers within a 500-kilometre radius.

Rail Focus

Located at the centre of the Northwest European market, Zeeland Seaports has an extensive multi-modal road, rail and water distribution network. “Our aim continues to be to stimulate and promote optimal transshipment solutions within our ports – rail is a part of this portfolio,” says Zeeland Seaports Logistics & Infrastructure advisor Wouter Vos. “In order to ensure a timely, cost effective delivery of freight overland, a strong rail network is necessary as an efficient transport solution and this in turn strengthens our core service and activities.” The modal split for rail of Zeeland Seaports’ throughput of 35 million tonnes per year is 6%. “We aim to increase this percentage,” states Vos. Many of Zeeland Seaports’ specialised logistic service providers are ensuring this is the case with several companies taking advantage of the faster transport times compared to inland waterway freight and reduced costs compared to air transport – with both freight time and prices expected to decrease even further as the market develops.

Refrigerated Rail

For leading logistics service provider in the temperature controlled food products sector, Kloosterboer recognises the potential for rail transport from their Zeeland Seaports’ Vlissingen terminal. “We are in discussions with various service providers regarding different transportation modes – road, rail, and sea. With our trimodal terminal, able to service all modalities and our hinterland connections from the port are strengthened,” states Kloosterboer’s Commercial Manager Fred Compeer. Furthermore, BOW Terminal, a subsidiary of the Kloosterboer 30 I Zeeland PortNews

group, already uses rail for the transport of metal with ongoing investigations into possible rail container services from the port of Vlissingen. Kloosterboer processes 1.2 million tonnes annually of shipments including fish, meat, fruit, fruit juices and concentrates, dairy and potatoes. The specialist in storage, stevedoring and logistics demonstrates efficient logistics solutions with a newly established rail link created based on a customer’s requirements for the transport of products in refrigerated wagons. This twiceweekly service began in the port of Vlissingen in February 2016 with Switzerland as its final destination. This new connection is important and will reduce CO2 emissions. Furthermore, the temperature-controlled rail-cars can be audited on-site to ensure the cold chain is maintained and provide reliable, environmentally friendly transport. Kloosterboer would like to expand rail transport, with the initial rail connection providing a base on which to build opportunities for further expansion of rail connections on offer. “There are also other promising initiatives in the works and while no definitive collaborations can be reported at this time, this may change in the future. Development options and discussions are taking place regarding the possibility of bundling activities,” states Compeer. One example of this is Zeeland Connect, an initiative that brings together businesses, the port, Impuls Zeeland, HZ University of Applied Sciences and the province to create joint projects with a goal of port development. Meetings are held regularly to further develop and improve the rail network.  

Rail Opportunity

Global stainless steel leader Outokumpu utilise the rail network from Zeeland Seaports’ port of Terneuzen as well as port of Vlissingen and would like to see discussions for a streamlined rail network continue. “The involvement of Zeeland Seaports with regards to the demand for more rail traffic is encouraging,” states Vice President of Operations Frank de Meijer. “There is a recognition that rail needs to be addressed in addition to the predominantly used sea and road transport. We have also looked into freight bundling opportunities with other companies in the region and will continue to so in the future as well as investigating possible bundling possibilities by sea. Further topics for development Zeeland PortNews I 31





may be realised at the Axel Plain in the port of Terneuzen where companies are established and may need to apply rail transport in the future.”

Corridor Connection

European trends within rail transport also show signs of growth over the past few years. Europe’s railways have undergone significant structural changes, triggered by initiatives taken at an EU level to open up rail markets to greater competition and increase technical compatibility. The deployment of freight trains between the North Sea ports and destinations in northern Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland and Lithuania are becoming much easier. The intensively used freight corridor North Sea – Baltic Sea goes from the ports of Antwerp, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Wilhelmshaven, Bremen and Hamburg via Germany to Poland, the Czech Republic and Lithuania. This corridor accommodates, among others, the transport of a container train six times a week between Rotterdam and Poznan, a car train ten times a week between Ghent and Almhült, and a train with liquid bulk goods between Terneuzen and Schkopau four times a week. 32 I Zeeland PortNews

Rail Without Borders

Freight transporters can now apply for capacity for all six countries of the freight corridor North Sea – Baltic Sea at a one-stop shop. This one office, called Corridor-One Stop Shop (C-OSS), means a simplification of the process of application and distribution for international freight transport. The C-OSS is a collaboration between infrastructure managers from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland and Lithuania with an office at DB Netz in Germany. On April 1, 2016, three regions in Belgium will implement a kilometre tax for heavy vehicles over 3.5 tonnes. The tax will apply to a significant number of the major roads through Belgium. “This will impact producers and transporters in the region tremendously,” states De Meijer. “The topic of other transport modes is therefore very relevant and we anticipate Zeeland Seaports involvement in maintaining the competitiveness of the region and an equal playing field for distributors.” In order to encourage international rail freight transport, ProRail a government task organisation managing maintenance and extensions of the national railway network infrastructure within

the Netherlands, is collaborating with all rail parties involved ensuring that timetables and work methods (of dispatcher centres for instance) are compatible and efficient. The North Sea – Baltic Sea corridor is one of the nine freight corridors that the European Committee has appointed in order to simplify and stimulate freight transport with the ultimate goal being an extensive European freight network without borders.

Rail Resources

As an invaluable resource for all transport modalities from their ports, Zeeland Seaports is always on hand to provide solutions and insight into transhipment opportunities. A further resource, specifically for rail transport, is Rail Cargo Information Netherlands. This organisation promotes the use of rail freight transport to shippers, logistic service providers, freight forwarders and shipping lines by providing unbiased information aimed at creating a more transparent and accessible market. “For many years, we have had excellent cooperation with Zeeland Seaports. I am always impressed when visiting Zeeland Seaports with regards to how much activity there is on the tracks and together we encourage rail transport in the region,” states Rail Cargo Interim Manager Cees van Altena.

Rail Cargo information Netherlands provides advice on the possibilities of rail freight transport to and from ports in the Benelux. This is done through a number of different channels including a helpdesk, visits to potential customers, their own web application and networking events called Rail Café that are held five times per year. One such Rail Café event took place in Zeeland in 2015. A number of companies, were invited to the event to get acquainted with rail providers, national and local authorities and infrastructure managers. “This resulted in an excellent network meeting where various topics were discussed such as local needs and opportunities. We are confident these meetings will receive a follow-up in the region in the coming years,” says Van Altena. Currently there are approximately 75 rail logistic companies active in the Rail Cargo network. “We offer advice on the possibilities that currently exist and potential improvements. Ultimately the decision on extending and improving the existing rail infrastructure is down to politics. Working together with a port authority as Zeeland Seaports, we will continue to emphasise prospective investments in infrastructure on a national level.” Zeeland PortNews I 33



Steel Foundation In the stainless steel business, customer proximity and connectivity is critical. Whether by sea, road or rail, Outokumpu Stainless BV’s finishing plant in the Terneuzen port area has it all.


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Outokumpu Stainless BV Terneuzen is part of parent company Outokumpu Group in Tornio, Finalnd. The location in Zeeland creates an ideal base for the supply and removal of stainless steel products. Over the years, the site has increasingly developed from a purely manufacturing company to a logistics hub for the parent company in Finland.

Strategic transport location

With approximately 150 direct employees and added flexible employees that perform transport activities and the unloading of ships and transport, Outokumpu is a pillar of industry in Zeeland. Efficient transport of stainless steel is essential and for large quantities, water transport is the ideal option. Therefore, Outokumpu’s location on the Ghent-Terneuzen canal is extremely important. In addition to the water connection, there is also direct rail and congestion free road access streamlining the supply to Western Europe. Transport of the finished product to the customer takes place via trucks, ships, trains, containers and intermodal (combined rail and road transport). Collaboration with numerous partners, logistics (transport companies, shipping companies, container companies) is also an essential aspect of transport efficiency. Outokumpu has a significant storage for equipment at automated high-bay warehouses ready for shipment and to meet the demand for ‘just-in-time’ delivery. The logistics of transporting stainless steel from Finland to the Netherlands is effective. Ships sails from Tornio to the Terneuzen site with processed stainless steel onboard, which is unloaded and distributed to customers. The vessel then returns to Finland with scrap metal, raw materials and commodities necessary for the production of stainless steel. “Our location in the Terneuzen port area is key as we are dependent on ship supply and receive 3-4 shipments from Finland each week. An additional added value is the calmness in comparison to larger ports such as Antwerp and Rotterdam,” states Frank de Meijer, Vice President of Terneuzen Operations. Due to their prime location, Outokumpu offers extremely fast delivery, in most cases between 24 and 48 hours.


Future on track

Moving forward there are items on Outokumpu’s wish list that they hope to see developed. Continuous improvement of production processes is one of the major concerns at Outokumpu. This includes striving for maximum effectiveness in all areas, such as safety, quality, productivity and logistics. An important part of the improvement process in relation to logistics is to achieving both a high production reliability as well as delivery reliability To help in this vision of improving reliability De Meijer comments, “For the future, long-term infrastructure developments must remain on the agenda for the region. We have witnessed the success of this topic with the new lock in Terneuzen and the doubling of the north-south road connection.”


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Regarding progress achieved thus far De Meijer says, “We have developed substantially in terms of volume, and the region needs


to sustain and enhance this growth. By rail transport, we estimate that we remove 10,000 trucks off the roads annually, however, we believe this quantity could greatly increase. Therefore, we have for many years supported the realisation of a new railway line from the Axel Plain (Axelse Vlakte) to Zelzate, Belgium,” states De Meijer. “We hope that developments within rail transport will follow suit and increase this mode of transport.” Zeeland Seaports, in cooperation with the port of Ghent, are preparing for a new lock in the port of Terneuzen. This new lock will improve the access to both ports for seagoing vessels and will also ensure a smooth transit of inland vessels between the Netherlands, Belgium and France. And the cooperation that Outokumpu has experienced with Zeeland Seaports has also been valuable. “The dialogue with Zeeland Seaports is open and accessible. Essentially the added value that Zeeland Seaports offers to us as a customer, we would like to translate on to our own customers. For both short and long term issues, we always find that Zeeland Seaports provides a constructive listening ear with the aim to jointly find solutions,” states De Meijer. Through such open dialogue and realisation of solutions and developments, Outokumpu is able achieve their goal of reliability in the production and logistics of stainless steel products. I. WWW.OUTOKUMPU.COM

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Cross-Border Rail Bundling The Finnish world leader in stainless steel Outokumpu, situated on the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal Zone, is part of a cross-border rail cooperation for their transports to the Ruhr region in Germany. Located in the port of Terneuzen (Westdorpe), Outukumpu Stainless BV is utilising the cross-border rail service. Twice a week, cargo from their terminal in Westdorpe is combined with wagons originating from the multimodal terminal of DFDS in the port of Ghent. The train then departs for the German Ruhr region. This service not only emphasises the synergy between the two ports but is also a clear response to customer demands to increase the competiveness of cross-border rail transport.

Connecting Cargo

Carrier DB Cargo is responsible for connecting the cargo loads at both terminals situated on the eastern side of the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal. Located only 20 kilometres apart, logistics bundling is an obvious and effective solution. However, at present railway infrastructure between the two terminals has limitations. Addressing this topic and the lack of a streamlined rail connection between the two port areas (Ghent-Terneuzen) will be an incentive for future rail cooperation and cargo bundling. “More than one million tonnes of steel is processed and distributed through our Terneuzen location,” states Frank de Meijer, Vice President of Operations at Outokumpu. “As a transport mode we rely 30% on rail which is the most efficient and environmentally friendly solution for us.”

AES’s battery storage plant Up and running

The province of Zeeland kicked off 2016 with 20 megawatts of energy from a newly established battery storage plant at Zeeland Seaports’ port of Vlissingen. Following successful trials at the end of 2015, US energy company AES’s battery-based energy storage is now in commercial operation. The energy storage plant is expected to enhance regional power supply; grid efficiency and system reliability at lower costs and increase the region’s ability to integrate renewable energy. Energy storage is an attractive resource due to its unique ability to cost-effectively solve grid challenges. This technology is gaining momentum in Europe as an efficient way to help manage the variability of renewables and economically provide both supply and load.

How do you foresee the energy industry developing?

The storage plant supports the European transmission grid via regional distribution system operator DELTA Netwerkgroep and transmission system operator, TenneT and provides an alternative energy source to gas-powered plants while securing a consistent electricity supply.

What were your experiences working with Zeeland Seaports?

Zeeland PortNews speaks with AES Plant Manager Peter Kuijs about the completion of this development, Zeeland’s strategic position for the energy sector and what the future has in store for sustainable energy sources.

AES has more than 200 megawatts of storage systems in operation worldwide

Energy storage is new to Europe and will play a significant role in the transition to an energy supply based on renewable energy sources. The latter is often dependent on weather conditions but the power grid must remain consistent. This latest development in the port of Vlissingen was initially set up as a regular support of the national electricity grid. However, looking towards the future, energy storage can perform many other functions and we look forward to being a part of this evolution. We see a promising future within this sector.

In the early states of development, we knocked on Zeeland Seaports door and they were immediately on hand with advice and assistance. We found the collaboration with Zeeland Seaports to be a very positive experience.

What are the benefits of your positioning within Zeeland?

There are a number of different advantages to this region. One of which is our existing (AES) presence in the region through the participation in the Elsta power plant and the presence of a good electrical infrastructure. We have operated an efficient gas power station on the Dow Chemical site in Terneuzen for several years. Furthermore, the strong presence of a number of progressive companies in the region ensured that we were able to complete this project in a very short time frame. The swiftness of the local authorities was also very beneficial. I: WWW.AESENERGYSTORAGE.COM

Infrastructure Developments

In recent years there has been considerable investment in the infrastructure of Zeeland including the Sluiskil tunnel and widening of the Sloeweg (N62). With a proactive approach to infrastructure developments, rail transport is high on the agenda. “There are still bottlenecks that need to be addressed,” confirms De Meijer. “Not only for existing companies, but future businesses also need to see rail transport improvements realised.” De Meijer adds, “Together with Zeeland Seaports and PORTIZ (Port & Industry Zeeland) we are lobbying in the Hague for investments in rail infrastructure in Zeeland.” 38 I Zeeland PortNews





Lobster Season

Industrial Museum Zeeland

The Easternscheldt lobster is a special and

It all began with the need to find a suitable location to store a historical steamdriven generator that was being housed in a former coke plant in Sluiskil (now Heros). The city council of Terneuzen deceided that the Industrial Museum with the generator on display would be established in a former sugar factory warehouses on the west quay in Sas van Gent on the Ghent-Terneuzen canal.

unique product to province of Zeeland. Scientific research has shown that due to the almost enclosed ecosystem, these lobsters have a finer and softer taste due to a different DNA structure than other crayfish of the world. The Easternscheldt lobster season runs each year from the official opening on the last Thursday of March to 15th of July The 2016 season officially opened on Thursday, March 31.

Sustainable Fishery

The Easternscheldt lobster fishery is a traditional, artisanal fishery and is characterised by a sustainable fishing method. The fishery is small and is bound by rules. The minimum lobster size of 24cm is strictly enforced and female eggs are carefully put back to ensure a fishery in the future. Since its inception in 2000, the foundation for the promotion of the Easternscheldt lobster has worked to raise awareness about this unique product. To achieve this, they promote not only lobsters but also other culinary offerings positioning Zeeland as a culinary destination.

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The Lobster Circuit

The sugar sheds were restored and insulated to make them suitable to be used as a museum. And so the current Industrial Museum Zeeland was founded. Since the opening in June 2015 visiotrs from of both near and far have found their way to the museuem. The museum focuses on preserving and presenting the industrial history in Zeeland and its cultural heritage and landscape development. It also focuses on the present and the future of the industry in Zeeland. This innovation and sustainability of indiusrty in Zeeland are fundamental items that form the collection that is on display in the museum. The musuem also hosts a number of events and activities such as an open day, various school initiatives and even members of a classic car club visit the museum during their route. There is plenty to do for all ages at the Industrial Museum Zeeland!

Fifteen years ago, several renowned Zeeland restaurants decided to pool their expertise and experience about this exclusive product. The purpose of the circuit has remained unchanged over the years: form unique knowledge with passion and expertise about a unique product. Once caught, the lobsters are delivered straight to the restaurants guaranteeing a high quality and freshness. As is the tradition every year, the first lobster caught on the opening day of lobster season will be auctioned off for charity. Last season’s first lobster was auctioned off for EUR 23,900 with proceeds given to the Pink Ribbon Foundation.Once the season ends, the Easternscheldt lobsters are available for as long as they are in stock at the restaurants of the circuit of the Easternscheldt

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Owner Maryella Grootjans spearheads Embedded Coaching and Consultancy and currently serves clients in numerous industries including the industrial and maritime sector. As an experienced business coach and trainer, Grootjans provides therapy and solutions to maintain the wellbeing of personnel active in dynamic environments such as today’s ports.

stock, temporary or long-term storage or other supply chain issues.


Van Keulen Transport BV has been a modern transport company with 50 trucks for more than seventy years. From the head office located in Middelburg, Van Keulen Transports coordinates and optimises the transport planning processes. With a wide range of equipment, Van Keulen Transport offers several transport services for conventional goods, bulk goods, project cargo, and containers through Europe. Van Keulen Transport is closely linked to the companies located at Zeeland Seaports, many of which use their services.

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Zeeland Bunkering, part of Oliehandel Dekker, is a supplier of fuels, lubricants, gases and water for both inland and maritime shipping. The company is strategically located on the Beneluxweg, right on the waterfront of the canal from





In the next issue of Zeeland PortNews the following new participants will be featured:


KVA International, founded in 2008, is based in Terneuzen and has a branch office in Sohar, Sultanate of Oman. KVA focuses on sales, trading and supply chain for the oil and gas, catalyst and chemicals business and is an active player in oil and gas waste projects. With customers and partners worldwide, KVA is able to find a solution for waste oils from petroleum refining, waste engine, liquid marine waste, gear and lubricating oils. A dedicated and experienced team is on hand to assist with issues such as off spec products and old

Terneuzen to Ghent. The barges ‘Artemis’, ‘Janny’ and ‘Adventure’ supply customers with quality products in the ports of Vlissingen, Terneuzen and Ghent. Important sectors are inland shipping, the offshore industry, dry bulk and tugs. The optimal service offered by Zeeland Bunkering is partly due to its close cooperation with Oliehandel Dekker, owner of several tankers. When the new sea-lock in Terneuzen comes into operation, the opportunities in this water-rich region will increase. This anticipated growth is supported by the considerable market opportunities in the Westerscheldt river area and the growing port of Vlissingen.


Nouvall Engineering Services Shipyard Reimerswaal Shutdown Control URS Nederland NV


Aage Hempel B.V.


Accountants- en Adviesgroep Rijkse

Actief Werkt! Middelburg

Adriaanse & van der Weel Advocaten

Aerssens & Partners

Amadore Hotels & Restaurants


Boogaard Advocaten

Bouwgroep Peters B.V.

BOW Terminal

C.T.O.B. Transport & Logistics

CdMR/ Cobelfret B.V.

Century Aluminum Vlissingen B.V.

Cordeel Nederland B.V.

C-Port B.V.

Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen

DB Schenker

De Hoop Terneuzen B.V.

De Pooter Personeelsdiensten

De Ruyter Training & Consultancy

De Zeeuwse Alliantie Notarissen

Delta Lloyd Verzekeringen

Delta Safe Security Services B.V.

DOW Benelux B.V.

DRV Accountants & Adviseurs




Participants of Zeeland Port Promotion Council


The Zeeland Port Promotion Council is pleased to welcome new participants. Founded in 1993, the Zeeland Port Promotion Council represents the majority of companies located in the ports of Vlissingen and Terneuzen. Together they offer a complete range of the best possible port facilities and all the logistics solutions you need. See pages 40 - 42 for a complete list of participants.





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Embedded Coaching & Consultancy

Ergo Services

Euro-Mit Staal B.V.

Fabricom B.V.

Flexibility Zeeland

Flushing Shipping Agencies

Fraanje Aannemingsbedrijf B.V.

Golden Tulip L ‘Escaut

Grontmij Nederland B.V..


Haskoning DHV Nederland B.V.

Havenwerk B.V.

Henk Kramer Communicatie

Heros Sluiskil B.V.

Howzat Relocations

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ICL-IP Terneuzen B.V.

ING Business Banking

Interlashing B.V.

Istimewa Elektro

Justion Advocaten

Katoen Natie Westerschelde B.V.

Kloosterboer Vlissingen V.O.F.

Koch adviesgroep Ingenieurs & Architecten

Koolwijk Shipstores B.V.

KVA International

KWS Infra/Aquavia

Labojuice B.V.

Lagan Cement B.V.


Liftal Hijstechniek

Loodswezen Regio Scheldemonden

LTT Holland B.V.

Mammoet Nederland B.V.

Maritiem & Logistiek College de Ruyter

Mourik Vlissingen B.V.

Multraship Towage & Salvage

Municipality of Middelburg

Municipality of Terneuzen

Saybolt Nederland B.V.

Schipper Groep

SDW Shipping


Sealake Terminal B.V.

SGS Nederland B.V.

Shipyard Reimerswaal

Shutdown Control

Suez Recycling & Recovery Netherlands


S.T.T. B.V. / Z.M.C. B.V.

Sorteerbedrijf Vlissingen B.V.

Spie-Controlec Engineering B.V.

Supermaritime Nederland B.V.

Swagemakers Transport B.V.

Tanido B.V. Sworn Marine Surveyors

Tempo-Team Uitzendbureau B.V.

Terneuzen Powder Technologies B.V.

TMS Terneuzen B.V.

URS Nederland NV

Van Ameyde Marine Vlissingen

Van Jole B.V.

Van Keulen Transport B.V.

Verenigde Bootlieden B.V.

Municipality of Vlissingen

Verex Douane Service

Montagebedrijf Terneuzen

Nelis BV

Nouvall Engineering Services

N.V. Economische Impuls Zeeland

N.V. Westerscheldetunnel

Oiltanking Terneuzen B.V.



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Vlissingse Bootliedenwacht B.V.

Vopak Agencies Terneuzen B.V.

Vroon B.V.

Wielemaker B.V.

Yellow & Finch Publishers

Zeeland Bunkering

Outokumpu Stainless B.V.

Ovet B.V.


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Pacorini Vlissingen B.V.

Zeeland Seaports

Pfauth Logistics B.V.

Zuidgeest Uitzendbureau


Rabobank Oosterschelde

Rabobank Walcheren-Noord Beveland

Rabobank Zeeuws-Vlaanderen

R.G.R. Shipping & Forwarding B.V.

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I.B.S. B.V.

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Zeeland Seaports, your best choice!



Compared with other ports the agile and entrepreneurial Zeeland Seaports offer a competitive advantage.

Ireland • Hull Groningen


direct access to open sea


Warsaw Hannover

Rotterdam • Tilbury

reliable and easy to do business with

Vlissingen Terneuzen




• Le Havre

flexible and attractive service & quality oriented companies


Tilburg • Antwerp Venlo


available land located directly on deep water




competitive and attractive tariffs and land prices

• Hamburg


Frankfurt Metz

Mannhein Karlsruhe

lack of congestion which enables shorter cycle times and faster delivery time to customers

• Paris

• Stuttgart Strasbourg •


multimodal hinterland connections through road, railway, (inland-) waterways

• Munich


Basel •

dedicated terminals for handling specific types of goods


Bern •

a brand range of services via a highly skilled workforce Milan/Segrate

Seaborne cargo by segment

Seaborne cargo by product group

Italy containers/flats dry bulk general cargo liquid bulk roll-on/roll-off


Inland waterways

Main roads

agricultural products food products other solid fuels oil and oilproducts ores and metalresidue metals and semi-finished products minerals and building materials fertilizers chemical products other goods



North Africa

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Western Scheldt Western Scheldt Braakmanhaven Braakmanhaven

• Middelburg • Middelburg

Lewedorp • Lewedorp •

• Terneuzen • Terneuzen • Nieuwen Sint en Joosland • NieuwSint Joosland Zijkanaal A Zijkanaal A Bijleveldhaven Bijleveldhaven Westhofhaven Westhofhaven Noorderkanaalhaven Noorderkanaalhaven

• Oost-Souburg • Oost-Souburg

• Vlissingen • Vlissingen

Quarleshaven Quarleshaven Sloehaven Sloehaven

• Ritthem • Ritthem

Van Citterskanaal Van Citterskanaal

Buitenhaven Buitenhaven

Zuiderkanaalhaven Zuiderkanaalhaven

• Nieuwdorp • Nieuwdorp

Massagoedhaven Massagoedhaven Scaldiahaven Scaldiahaven ’s-Heerenhoek ’s-Heerenhoek • •

• Hoek • Hoek

Zevenaarhaven Zevenaarhaven

Van Cittershaven Van Cittershaven

Philippine • Philippine •

W e s tW e resscthe er sl dc h eelde

• Borssele • Borssele

Vlissingen terminals Vlissingen terminals

Terneuzen terminals Terneuzen terminals

• Sloehaven: SuitableSuitable for alI kinds transshipment including LPG andLPG chemical bulk bulk • Sloehaven: for alIofkinds of transshipment including and chemical 920 metres of quay.of quay. 920 metres

Ghent-Terneuzen channel (Kanaalzone) Ghent-Terneuzen channel (Kanaalzone)

• Bijleveldhaven: 1,980 metres of quay.of North is bank 300 metres long. long. • Bijleveldhaven: 1,980 metres North is 300 metres

• Noorderkanaalhaven: North quay: 170 metres; • Noorderkanaalhaven: North quay: 170 metres; South quay: 192 metres. South quay: 192 metres.

• Westhofhaven: 475 metres of quay.of Can accommodate largest reefer • Westhofhaven: 475 metres quay. Can accommodate largestvessels. reefer vessels. East side jetty forjetty discharging peat andpeat general cargo quay. East side for discharging and general cargo quay.

• Zuiderkanaalhaven: North quay: 225 metres; • Zuiderkanaalhaven: North quay: 225 metres; South quay: 230 metres. South quay: 230 metres.

• Kaloothaven: 1,130 metres of quay.of Two jetties southonbank, for inland • Kaloothaven: 1,130 metres quay. Twoon jetties southone bank, one forbarges. inland barges.

• Massagoedhaven: 978 metres. • Massagoedhaven: 978 metres.

• Scaldiahaven: Over 1,700 metres of quay.of South used handling and storage of • Scaldiahaven: Over 1,700 metres quay.side South side used handling and storage of cellulose and metals. Transverse quay is 250 long. long. cellulose and metals. Transverse quaymetres is 250 metres • Van Citterskanaal/haven: Six jetties inland and coasters. 0n south0nbank, • Van Citterskanaal/haven: Sixfor jetties forvessels inland vessels and coasters. south bank,

ZeelandZeeland RefineryRefinery Pier Pier

SluiskilSluiskil • •

Zijkanaal B Zijkanaal B

Zijkanaal D Zijkanaal D

Zijkanaal C Zijkanaal C

Autrichehaven Autrichehaven

• Zevenaarhaven: North quay: 421 metres and • Zevenaarhaven: North quay: 421 metres and 555 metres; South quay: 259 metres. 555 metres; South quay: 259 metres.

Sas vanSas Gent van Gent • •

• Axelse 290 metres. • Vlaktehaven: Axelse Vlaktehaven: 290 metres.

275 metres. 0n north0nbank, metres. Quay: 230 metres and 220and metres. 275 metres. north200 bank, 200 metres. Quay: 230 metres 220 metres. • Autrichehaven: 850 metres. • Autrichehaven: 850 metres. • Quarleshaven: Extension of Sloehaven to NNE,to 315 metres of quay.of Set of two • Quarleshaven: Extension of Sloehaven NNE, 315 metres quay. Setmooring of two mooring buoys on east on bank with a span 320 metres. buoys east bank withof a span of 320 metres. • Zeeland RefineryRefinery Pier: Located on Western Scheldt.Scheldt. Accommodates tankerstankers up • Zeeland Pier: Located on Western Accommodates up to 100,000 dwt withdwt maximum LOA of 280 to 100,000 with maximum LOAmetres. of 280 metres.

Zijkanaal E Zijkanaal E

• Westdorpe • Westdorpe

Braakmanhaven Braakmanhaven Braakmanhaven is part of located located Braakmanhaven is Port part of of Terneuzen, Port of Terneuzen, directly directly on Western ScheIdt ScheIdt with no with locks. berths on Western noFour locks. Four berths

Zijkanaal H Zijkanaal H

for seagoing vesseIs vesseIs and three berths inland for seagoing and threefor berths forvessels. inland vessels.

Zijkanaal F Zijkanaal F Zijkanaal G Zijkanaal G

• Buitenhaven: LocatedLocated outside outside lock system with direct sea, 300 metres • Buitenhaven: lock system withaccess direct to access to sea, 300 metres of quay.of Northern basin has areahas forarea coasters and Iighters. Vesta also operates quay. Northern basin for coasters and Iighters. Vesta also operates an oil jetty forjetty tankers. an oil for tankers.

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What better testament to the success of Zeeland Seaports then the fact that all existing companies within liquid bulk have seen growth and expansion over the past years? These recent developments within liquid bulk showcase not only that we have the space to expand but also that we are an ideal port as a gateway for further transhipment.

Efficiency, quality and customer service are just a few of the reasons we see the number of companies opting to use our ports as a base and a link to Europe. With plenty of space for development and ample opportunities for future growth, our knowledge and expertise is often put to use to help existing businesses expand and newcomers develop. The task for the year ahead is two fold – Zeeland Seaports will adapt to market demands as seen within liquid bulk for example, to ensure the attractiveness and possibilities of the ports. Additionally we will continue to improve our already effective transportation network and focus on an efficient and sustainable transportation from the ports to the hinterland in Northwest Europe. One such project is the waterway between the river Seine and the Westernscheldt river for inland navigation. The new Seine-Nord Europe canal is a high capacity freight corridor linking major economic centres, expected to be open by 2020. Furthermore In our own backyard, we look with enthusiasm towards the future and the realistion of the Maintenance Value Park (MVP) as the first tenants of this new business park break ground. We anticipate the added value this project will bring to our ports and the

region. At the heart of the MVP will be the Knowledge and Information Centre, which plays an active role in stimulating the constant cooperation between the businesses based at MVP. Additionally, the new Workplace Education Environment will provide specialised training with an aim of being complementary to current standard training courses offered. For example, new welding techniques unique to only a few companies may be offered to further expand the knowledge of specific skills. It also further symbolises the added value of the MVP: working together on innovative ideas, in order to build a strong position in the process industry. A sentiment Zeeland Seaports stands by.

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