At its inauguration the port is welcoming the “Cutty Sark Tall Ships Race”. Thousands of people are visiting the sailing ships in the port.
As a result of the new port infrastructure, several large-scale transhipment companies opened new terminals in Zeebrugge, where several types and tonnages of ships can be served. Moreover, nearly all types of goods can be handled there. For this reason, many shipping companies and consortia have also included Zeebrugge as a fixed port of call in the scheme of their European and intercontinental lines.
As a consequence, the number of ships as well as traffic in Zeebrugge have increased spectacularly during this period; each year, more than 10,000 ships moored at the port and cargo traffic increased from 14 million tons in 1985 to 35.5 million tons in 2000.
A brief account of the most important events in this period:
The opening of various terminals in the inner port:
The opening of various terminals in the outer port:
The introduction of the Transport zone Zeebrugge.