You are here

The Port of Ostend, versatile and sustainable-minded

Ostend – a versatile short sea port – is a mainstay in the increasingly important offshore industry. As such, the port is a hub for construction and maintenance of offshore wind farms in the North Sea. To top it all off, the Port of Ostend is situated in Europe’s busiest maritime zone, and well-connected to motorways and Flanders’ very dense rail network.

Access to vast blue growth expertise

At the Ostend-based GreenBridge incubator, Ghent University grouped all its marine and maritime research activities and technologies under ‘Blue Growth’ – referring to the long-term strategy to support sustainable growth in the marine/maritime industry. GreenBridge’s unique sea-bound location and dedicated blue growth infrastructure make it ideal for application- and business-driven research, as well as the valorization of new technologies.

Great port handling capacity

The Port of Ostend handles about 300,000 roll-in/roll-out units per year, and had a maritime goods turnover of nearly 1.5 million tons in 2016 (i.e. an increase of 13.1% compared to the year before).

Various specialties within reach

Equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure, the Port of Ostend is essential for the construction, transport and maintenance of offshore windmills. Furthermore, the port specializes in:

  • ro-ro (roll-in-roll-out),
  • short sea traffic to the UK,
  • sea-dredged aggregates,
  • ferro silicon,
  • timber,
  • fertilizers,
  • sand and gravel for the building industry.

Interested in doing business in Flanders?

Let us help you!

  • We can introduce you to other companies, banks and regulators
  • We organize site visits to real estate locations
  • We assist with all legal aspects of setting up a business
  • We're an official government agency
  • Our services are completely free
  • We are a team of international experts

Receive our handbook to growing your business in Flanders

  • It's completely free.
  • Get an overview of all incentives relevant to your company.
  • Tax system explained in-depth.
  • Learn how to set up your business quickly.
  • Discover the benefits of Flanders (in addition to the chocolate).

In addition to the ebook, I agree to receive one or two follow-up emails