Port of Oostende (BE)

Partner description

The port of Oostende is an SME Port, directly situated at the North Sea coast,  focusing on the following maritime and industrial activities :
  • Blue industry and offshore renewable energy (outer port): a major industrial cluster has been developed, specializing in the technology of the installation and the maintenance of offshore energy installations and wind parks. This cluster is supported by the research facilities at the Greenbridge business incubator, set up in cooperation with the University of Ghent, the POM West-Vlaanderen and major University colleges. Today, a new  wave and towing tank is built in the inner port for further research in the maritime offshore industry
  • Circular economy: several companies in the port of Oostende have developed new technologies for the reconversion of non-ferro metals, asphalt, construction materials into new materials, ready for the industry and the construction-sector. Different kinds of biomass are used for the production of renewable energy.
  • Project cargo and bulk logistics:  the port of Oostende has the only Belgian heavy load-quay, able to carry up to 20 tons/m², and has installed a RoRo-pontoon, able to carry 600 tons. This enables the port to handle major logistic operations involving very heavy cargo.
  • SME chemical industry (SEVESO-area in the inner port): alongside the canal Oostende-Gent, chemistry-related industries have been developed: on the left bank of the canal, there is the site of Proviron NV, investing in sustainable chemical production; and on the right bank there is the site of GFS NV, specializing in the storage of gasoline  (3 tanks of 34 000 m³) and the handling, repacking and warehousing of gasses and chemical products.
  • RoRo-connectivity:  the port of Oostende is working together with an independent operator to relaunch the ferry-connection with the port of Ramsgate in order to serve the London metropolitan area in order to  cope with the challenges of the Brexit.
The port of Oostende is multimodal connected :

  • the outer port has a direct and efficient access to the North Sea
  • the outer and the inner road are directly connected to the A10 and the European motorway system (close links to France and Germany)
  • The inner port is directly connected to the European railway system and a railway platform has been developed on the right bank of the port
  • Inland navigation and the installed quay infrastructure at the inner port allows the operators to handle inland barges and coasters, up till 4000 tons
  • The port of Oostende is closely cooperating with the airport of Oostende (air cargo hub and passengers links to Spain, Greece and Portugal.

You can find more info on Port of Oostende on their website.

Role in PECS

The role of AGHO – port of Oostende within the PECS project is twofold:

First of all, the port of Oostende is the lead partner of the project. Therefore it organizes a solid management team to assist the partners  to realise the different pilot projects. Moreover,  this management team supports the partnership to develop a cross-border cooperation in order to reduce the carbon footprint of the SME ports and to improve the energy efficiency of their operations.

The second role the port of Oostende plays, is the realization of  two pilot projects within the programme, in close concertation and cooperation with the cross-border partners. Firstly, a plan has been developed to construct a medium-sized windmill on the offshore terminal, used for the construction of the offshore wind parks. Within a lifespan of 5 years, more than 40 companies have installed their offices on this site and the demand for energy on this site has been growing.  Secondly, the port has decided to construct an offshore pontoon that can function in an energy-autonomous way, considering the need for flexibility in SME ports for executing different tasks related to shipping and the maritime logistics.

​Presentation of Port of Oostende at the PECS Opening Conference in Southampton, dd. 29-01-2018: download