In reality, the voyage between the lock complex in Terneuzen and port of Ghent by ship takes about three hours. Now you can have a look at this stretch on the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal in only 3 minutes and 23 seconds. An employee of DFDS Seaways fastened a camera onto the bridge of the ship Ficaria Seaways and the (accelerated) result of this video is certainly worth watching!
To boost existing trade relations with Russia and increase trade, the Port of Ghent is to work closely with the Russian port organisation Rosmorport. To this end, the Ghent Port Company entered into a cooperation agreement with this government-owned corporation that represents the interests of all Russian seaports. Russia has been one of the Port of Ghents main trading partners for several years. Annual cargo traffic between Ghent and Russia is good for 2.5 million tonnes.
On Thursday, 18 April 2013, Flemish Minister for Transport and Public Works, Hilde Crevits, signed a cooperation agreement together with the four Flemish ports of Antwerp, Ghent, Ostend and Zeebrugge and the Flemish Ports Association. Using 30 action items, they will work together to strengthen the competitive position of the Flemish ports on an international level. In so doing, Flemish Minister Hilde Crevits wants to further develop the role of Flanders as a key logistical region with maximum added value. The Ghent Port Company is enthusiastically lending its support to this cooperation.
On Wednesday, May 15, 2013 Flemish minister of Public Works and Mobility Hilde Crevits gave the official kick-off of a new European logistical distribution platform at the Kluizendok in port of Ghent: the WDPort of Ghent Logistic Park. With the development of this location - unique in Flanders – by logistical real estate company WDP, Ghent goes one step further in developing the port as a multimodal platform.
Ghent Port Company has mapped out the transport of goods between the port of Ghent and companies and clients in the hinterland. 48% of this transport will be carried by inland vessel, 43% by road and 9% by rail (in 2011), according to a study carried out by the Port Company and the University of Antwerp. The Port Company wishes to make even more efforts to promote sustainable transport in the future via inland waterways and rail. A new survey was recently launched to learn about the modal split of 2012.
In the first quarter of 2013, the Port of Ghent recorded a total volume of cargo traffic of 11.6 million tonnes, down 3.6% compared with the same period last year. The trend of increasing exports was, however, maintained.
On Wednesday, April 10, 2013 the Port of Duisburg (Germany) – called duisport – is paying a visit to port of Ghent. Duisburg is Europes biggest inland navigation port. Several companies from both ports will be present to get acquainted with one another. Both port authorities will also meet. Ghent Port Company is pleased with this visit and herewith hopes to be able to increase cargo traffic by inland waterways and by rail for both ports.
Port of Ghent attends to the greening of the port area. Through the realization of an entire framework of green links, land that is economically not useful is given an environmental purpose. On Wednesday, March 27, 2013 a 7 kilometres-long line of trees around the Kluizendok was inaugurated. Also at Volvo Cars Ghent and on the industrial site Moervaart-Zuid green spaces were installed on similar plots of land.
This year, port of Ghent expects 186 inland navigation cruises. The first two ships will enter the port on Saturday morning, March 9, 2013. This makes the number of expected cruises link up with the number that called at Ghent port in the past years.
On Monday, March 4, 2013 Intermodal operator Shuttlewise starts a new train service with containers from port of Ghent to the North Italian city of Mortara. For Ghent port, this is the first international container shuttle by rail.