For Vlissingen and Terneuzen, the tariffs increase by 1.2% and for Ghent this is 1.8%.
Moreover, seagoing vessels that call at both the Zeeland and the Ghent parts of North Sea Port in one single voyage get a 50% reduction from 2019 onwards. Until now, they had to pay twice: once for Vlissingen and Terneuzen and once more for Ghent.
At the time of the merger announcement, North Sea Port pointed out that the companies too had to benefit from it. With these two measures – a limited price increase and a discount for a voyage in both parts of the port – North Sea Port is suiting the action to the word. Also, seagoing and inland vessels that meet certain environmental requirements and safety standards can enjoy discounts in 2019 as well.
Each seagoing or inland vessel that calls at North Sea Port, makes use of the port infrastructure or services (such as quayside power, drinking-water and jetties) has to pay port dues to the port company. With these receipts, North Sea Port enlarges the port’s accessibility, its infrastructure is constructed and maintained.
One port area: towards one single tariff regulation
At this moment there are separate tariff regulations for the Zeeland and for the Ghent parts of the port area. The intention is to apply one single port regulation from 2021 onwards for the entire cross-border area of North Sea Port, which increases customer-friendliness.