The Port of Ghent is a modern Multi-purpose seaport offering a choice of well equipped terminals for handling and storing a vast range of commodities and cargoes. Its nautical access goes up to Panamax-type vessels of 92,000 DWT. Due to its exceptional natural geographical hinterland situation, it is strategically positioned to act as a distribution and logistics centre for servicing the major European consumer markets. It offers easy on-carriage connections by sea, road, rail and inland waterways.
The Seaport of Ghent is also a strong industrial port, home to global leaders in the steel, automotive, chemical, agribulk and bio-energy industry. In all, the port handles around 40 million tons of water-borne cargo a year, of which 2/3rds overseas and 1/3rd via inland waterways. The Port of Ghent houses the largest bio-ethanol and biodiesel production site in Europe, making it the number one bio-port of Europe.
The production of biobased products from renewable resources is a focal point for the development of the Port of Ghent.
The advantages of Ghent seaport are obvious:
- situated in the logistic heart of the EU
- a multi-purpose port with nautical access for Panamax-type vessels of 92,000 DWT
- dedicated bio chemical cluster, with Greenfield land available (80 ha)
- over 2 million tons of storage capacity for bio-industry raw materials
- tank farms for biofuels
- world-class university in the vicinity
- founding member of Ghent Bio-Energy Valley
- management team & co-presidency of Board of Directors of Bio Base Europe
- 2nd generation bio fuels pilot plant in the port
- leading port in Clean Technology