In the Middle Ages, the port of Bruges was Europe’s most important seaport. Bruges still plays this role today, having become the second biggest port in Belgium and one of the most important ports in Europe. The Bruges seaport (aka the port of Zeebrugge) is managed by an autonomous company regulated by public law, the city of Bruges being the main shareholder.
Zeebrugge, a prominent gateway to European markets
The port’s modern infrastructure is designed for the optimal handling of the newest and biggest roro and container ships. Cargo throughput amounted to 37.1 million tonnes in 2017, almost 75% of which are unit loads (trailers or containers). With 10,000 ships docking and over 1.2 million new cars being handled every year, Zeebrugge is the largest car handling port in the world. The natural gas terminals owned by Fluxys, Gassco and Interconnector make the port of crucial importance for energy supply.
The port’s strategic position and the regular liner services by ship, railway or inland navigation convince more and more companies to centralize their distribution here. Well-known examples are the Toyota car terminal, the Bridgestone distribution centre and the StoraEnso paper terminal. The many connections with the United Kingdom are, of course, also a major asset.
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