Port of Ghent (Gent)

    The port of Ghent is a modern, multi-purpose port with a goods turnover of 26 million tons. The port area is an industrial and commercial centre providing direct employment for over 27.000 people. The port of Ghent has specialized terminals for the storage and distribution of grain, coal, ores, petroleum products, fertilizers, fruit juices, cars, vegetable oils, forest products, etc.
    The safe nautical approach from the North Sea via the tide and current-free Ghent-Terneuzen canal guarantees easy access to and from the port for sea-going vessels of up to 80,000 tons carrying capacity and a maximum draught of 12.50 m.
    With its outstanding geographic position in North-West Europe the port of Ghent has developed into a major distribution platform for various sorts of goods. It lies close to the crossing of Europe’s three most important motorways: the E17 (Scandinavia-Portugal), the E34 (French Channel ports – Ruhr area) and the E40 (UK-Turkey). Each quay is connected to Europe's close-knit rail network via a marshalling yard, whilst the port itself is linked via different waterways to the main European inland waterways.
    The port of Ghent belongs to one of the leading industrial zones in Western Europe. Companies in the steel, chemicals and petrochemicals, car building, agribulk, papermaking and other sectors use the port to import raw materials and export their finished products.
    With the new Kluizendok 200 ha of ideally situated land, with waterway connections were added on the left bank of the sea canal. The first companies have set up there in the course of 2005. Since 2008 there has also been a container activity at the new Kluizendok, tough on a significantly smaller scale than at Antwerp or Zeebrugge.