The Port of Zeebrugge is a flexible and multifaceted port, offering innovative logistics solutions for our partners. As the world of logistics is constantly in motion, and new opportunities and challenges are crossing our path, Port of Zeebrugge has developed a new mission statement. This time with the horizon of 2030.
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An accessible port
A flourishing port
A clean port
An innovative port
A safe & secure port
Zeebrugge is a coastal port with a remarkable maritime accessibility. This major strength ensures the accessibility of the largest ships to the port in the future.
The construction of a second sea-lock is essential to the nautical access of the inner port. Preparations are ongoing and construction works will start within a few years. The liveability of the town of Zeebrugge, and the road safety are included in the development of this complex project.
The port authority is also cooperating to achieve a trustworthy nautical chain.
Port of Zeebrugge aims at achieving a more sustainable modal split. By 2030, we want to raise the share of railways and of inland shipping and estuary barge. It is therefore our priority to focus on the development of infrastructure that improves our inland shipping access, and to offer competitive estuary shipping. Zeebrugge is already well connected to the hinterland via railway. However, further investments are planned to keep on developing this sustainable mode of transport.
The past years, many investments have been done to improve the road network in and around Zeebrugge, resulting in a very good road connection. We invest in cycling infrastructure to create safe and durable solutions for the people working in the port.
Furthermore, Port of Zeebrugge develops competitive hinterland connections for existing and new clients. Besides the existing connections to e.g. France, Italy and Germany, Port of Zeebrugge is expanding to Eastern-Europe and Turkey.
On top of consolidating the existing clients of the port, we aim at attracting new partners as well.
The Port of Zeebrugge is the largest port in the world for the handling of new cars. We want to consolidate this position in the automobile sector. For roll-on/roll-off cargo, the port intends to further expand its network, consolidating connections to the UK and Scandinavia, and further connecting to the Baltic Region, the Iberic Peninsula, North-Africa, and Turkey.
Being a coastal port with an exceptional nautical accessibility, Port of Zeebrugge can accommodate the largest containerships. We are working on the expansion of the number of deepsea container lines that are connected to the deepsea container terminal.
Furthermore, Port of Zeebrugge is an LNG-hub for North-Western Europe. We will keep on promoting LNG as a transition-fuel in anticipation of newer and even cleaner fuels.
The absence of heavy industry in the Port of Zeebrugge, makes it an ideal location for the transport and the handling of food. In combination with the growth of the deepsea container services, this can enforce Zeebrugge as a food hub.
In order to achieve our goals as a port, and to promote further economic developments, the port authority is examining the possibilities to expand the port area. This to fulfil the demand of existing clients, and to grant space to new clients. The projects that will make the port future proof on an infrastructural level, are developed in collaboration with several stakeholder groups.
Sustainability remains a priority for the Port of Zeebrugge. The port authority continues to develop its existing clean port strategy. Emission reductions, the build-up of new wind turbines, providing shore-side power, and mapping out air pollution, are key points in our strategy for the years to come. Furthermore, the Port of Zeebrugge takes the lead in energy transition. As mentioned before, we want to stay the LNG hub for North-Western Europe for the coming years. Compared to using conventional marine fuels, using LNG as a fuel cuts out sulphur emissions, reduces nitrogen emissions with 85%, fine dust with 98%, and CO2 with 20%-25%.
Zeebrugge will also play a key role in the production of green hydrogen. As we are an important landing point for the offshore wind energy extracted in the Belgian North Sea, and because of our state-of-the-art LNG infrastructure, Port of Zeebrugge is perfectly located to become a hub in the hydrogen network. With the green energy project Hyoffwind, Fluxys and Eoly investigate the construction of a power-to-gas installation in Zeebrugge, to convert renewable electricity into green hydrogen through electrolysis.
The port authority strives for a good balance between the economic activities and sustainability. By cooperating with different stakeholders, we strive to find solutions to increase the sustainability of/in the port.
Making the port future proof is a priority. As many existing projects have proven, Port of Zeebrugge is joining the evolution to digitalise port processes and further technological developments. The port is currently investing in the creation and interlinking of digital data platforms and intensifying the use of new technologies.
Projects such as the deployment of a 5G network, the digital dataplatform RX/Seaport, the establishment of a drone port, autonomous and/or unmanned shipping/transport are further being developed and put into action.
Furthermore, Port of Zeebrugge intends to collaborate further with research and knowledge institutions to shape the employees of the future.
Port of Zeebrugge has always played a role in the education of safety and security measures to both new and established companies in the port area.
We cooperate with our partners the realm of emergency planning, smart logistics, cybersecurity, etc. Together with the port companies, we will keep our focus on access controls to the terminals. We will invest further in smart-cameras and fences. Moreover, the port will intensify its support to ensure the nautical safety of the companies in the port area.
We partner up where possible to achieve a coordinated policy in the realm of maritime security, as has been established in the port security plan.