With the Kluizendok and its surrounding industrial sites, port of Ghent has 660 hectares of space available for investments. A unique location for investors looking for new, ready-to-build-on port-related sites for the development of new activities.
The Kluizendok is fitted with 400 hectares of industrial sites. The adjacent industrial site 'De Nest' counts another 160 hectares and the nearby industrial site of 'Rieme-Noord' will in the future account for 100 hectares.
The Kluizendok and its surrounding industrial sites are opened up by road, rail, inland waterways and seagoing navigation.
The access roads arrive at the Ghent-Terneuzen Seacanal banks. The roads also link to the crossing of the major European motorways: from north to south (E17) and from west to east (E40). Moreover, the railway tracks lead to the European railway network. The Kluizendok is ideal for seagoing vessels and moreover inland navigation can reach the extensive European network of rivers and canals from here. In this way, a vast hinterland can be served, among which the North of France and in the future also Paris (via the future canal in the direction of Paris, the 'Seine-Nord' project).
The Kluizendok is one of the largest greenfield sites in Europe: 80 hectares of water and 400 hectares of industrial sites with flexible parcel boundaries.
For this purpose, a Masterplan was drawn up specifically for the Kluizendok. The principle of clustering – companies that can strengthen one another are grouped as much as possible, plays an important part here. There is a strong focus on the sector of logistics and distribution.
The Kluizendok Masterplan (see map at the bottom of this page) shows how Ghent Port Company estimated the division of the sites. The principle of clustering is applied here: logistics and distribution, construction, recycling, food, biobased sector.
Complete industrial equipment: more than half of the site is entirely fitted with all utilities and roads. The remaining sites will be realized later based on the needs of the companies that will come to establish themselves there.
The dock is fitted with the necessary equipment for seagoing and inland navigation. Around the dock a total of 16 kilometres of rail will be installed and a road was constructed of 7.6 kilometres in length.
At the Kluizendok a total of 4.82 kilometres of quay walls were built for the mooring of vessels having a maximum draught of 12.50 metres. The quay walls now have a depth of water of 13.50 metres but they were constructed for a depth of water up to 18 metres.
Realization: Ghent Port Company (territory of Ghent and Evergem).
Next to the Kluizendok lies the industrial site 'De Nest'. This private development by G2I (Ghent Industrial Investment) is 160 hectares large and offers space for (inter)national, regional as well as for local companies. 'De Nest' is partially located in Ghent and partially in Evergem and divided into three zones.
- For local trades and service rendering companies (Doornzeelsestraat, Evergem).
- 3 hectares large
- 9 parcels, surface areas between 2,500 m² and 3,500m².
- Combination of living and working is possible.
'Kop van Nest'
- Qualitative regional industrial site, located at the R4 West / Wippelgem Oval.
- 10 hectares large.
- 16 parcels.
- Activities: among other things production, transport, logistics and service rendering.
- Seaport- and water-related industrial sites located at the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal.
- 67 hectares large.
- Surface areas of the parcels from 5,000m² to 25,000m².
- Complete industrial equipment.
- Activities: among other things light industry, quay-related production and distribution of dry and liquid bulk, ancillary and processing companies, industrial service rendering, distribution and logistics.
- Realization: G2I (territory of Ghent and Evergem), G2I.be
Beside the Kluizendok also lies the industrial site 'Rieme-Noord'.
- Activities: distribution and logistics.
- 100 hectares large.
- Opened up by a road to the R4-West and the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal.
- Works were started in 2012.
- Entirely situated on territory of the neighbouring municipality of Evergem.
- Dry bulk zone close to port activities and multimodal connections.
- Realization: Ghent Port Company (70 hectares), the Flemish Region (20 hectares) and the municipality of Evergem (10 hectares).
Ghent Port Company has the ambition to develop Rieme-Noord into a sustainable logistics park.
The Ghent Port Company Strategic Plan says that port of Ghent has to be developed by 2020 into a multimodal logistics platform for the West European hinterland. With the zones De Nest, Kluizendok and Rieme-Noord, port of Ghent still has sufficient space for development to help realize this objective.
It is the Port Companys strategic choice to give the available space at Kluizendok and Rieme-Noord in robust, homogeneous blocks (of at least 10 hectares) in concession and this in cooperation with developers, real estate investors and/or end users. In this way, the available space can be handled as efficiently as possible with sufficient attention to complementarity.