Physical features of the port of Ghent


    Location: 51° 02’ N – 03° 44’ E

    Access to the port of Ghent (the Terneuzen locks) lies 40 nautical miles (74 km) from SW Akkaert (this is the location 51° 23’ N – 02° 43’ E, 14 km off the coast of Ostend where the first pilot is taken on board ships bound for Flemish ports).

    Map of the port  
    Road network in port area 130 km
    Rail network in port area 206 km
    Inland waterway connections The port of Ghent is linked to the Belgian inland waterway network via the Ghent-Terneuzen canal, the “Vaart?? canal linking Ghent, Bruges and Ostend, the Upper Sea Scheldt and the Upper Scheldt. The port also gives access to Lokeren via the Moervaart canal.
    Number of kilometres of quay walls 28,0 km
    Total surface of port area 4.648 ha, of which water surface: 623 ha
    Locks (Terneuzen)
    • Westsluis: LxBxD = 355m x 40m x 13,50m
    • Middensluis: LxBxD = 140m x 18m x 8,35m
    • Oostsluis: LxBxD = 280m x 24m x 4,40m
    Maritime access

    Access independent of tides for ships with draughts of up to 12.50 m (measured in freshwater). The lock gives access to vessels with carrying capacities up to 80,000 tons. The Ghent-Terneuzen Canal is 31 km long and 13.50 m deep.

    Average tide difference: 0 (the port is completely behind locks)

    Water levels in real time (MOW)