Company profile

This company profile shows in a nutshell what Ghent Port Company and port of Ghent represent.

Company profile
Ghent Port Company

Ghent Port Company, limited liability company under public law, manages the port of Ghent. It sees to that the necessary and adequate infrastructure is present for a smooth handling of shipping and cargo traffic. It also makes sure that a favourable social and economic climate is created for the companies that are active in the port or wish to establish themselves there. Ghent Port Company counts about 160 staff members.

Port of Ghent
7.9 billion euros of added value / integrated steel mill, largest one in Europe / Europe's largest bio port / prominent port for dry and liquid bulk / largest orange juice terminal in Europe / waste becomes raw material / most efficient newsprint mill in the world / coal terminal with the highest added value in Europe / forest products / scrap and recycling centre / largest grain storage capacity in Europe / assembly factories for cars and trucks / congestion-free roads / 100% multimodal.

Basic figures
Cargo traffic:
 51 million tonnes of goods (seaborne cargo traffic: 29.1 million tonnes; inland navigation traffic: 21.9 million tonnes) transported on board of 16,964 vessels (2,891 seagoing vessels; 14,073 inland vessels) (2016).
Ghent-Terneuzen canal: no tides, 18 nautical miles long, accessible to Panamax vessels up to 92,000 DWT having a maximum length of 265 metres, a beam of 37 metres and a draught of 12.5 metres.
5 docks: Grootdok, Sifferdok, Mercatordok, Rodenhuizedok and the recent Kluizendok (660 hectares of industrial sites).
Port area: 4,700 hectares or almost 10,000 football pitches, 28 km of quay walls, 130 km of roads, 212 km of railway tracks.
Employment: 64,457 jobs (27,809 direct and 36,648 indirect jobs) in 300 companies (Source: National Bank 2015).
Added value: 7.9 billion euros (Source: National Bank of Belgium 2015). /