Dordrecht Inland Seaport

Space for growth, innovation and sustainable development

Dordrecht Inland Seaport is the most landward sea port in the Netherlands and offers space for growth, innovation and sustainable development. Its strategic situation on the intersection of the foreland and hinterland make Dordrecht’s port area a smart choice of location for companies working in maritime manufacturing, logistics services and bulk handling. The port area offers plots, warehouses and buildings for companies that wish to benefit from its good sea and intermodal connections.

With a local water depth of almost 10 metres, the port area is also accessible for sea-going vessels and bulk carriers. The port, including the port basins, covers an area of 290 hectares. Approximately 3 hectares of this land (with or without berths) are available for immediate issue as ground lease. The plots are issued by the Port of Rotterdam Authority. There are also several business premises and warehouses for rent and for sale.

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Now available: Kilkade 7 2.7 ha + 200 m of berths

Unique premium location for maritime manufacturing or logistics services

Some 2.7 ha of land on Kilkade 7 with 200 m of berths is available for immediate issue as ground lease. This plot is a premium location for maritime manufacturing and logistics services and has excellent accessibility. Kilkade 7 offers a range of options and will be developed further in consultation with the new leaseholder. For example, the leaseholder can choose to construct a 200-m long quay or a jetty. A number of layouts can be considered, depending on the activities that will be accommodated there.

Wilhelminahaven future proof

To meet growing demand for handling capacity and ensure that the port is future-proof the Port of Rotterdam Authority will be investing over EUR 3.5 million in the optimisation of the Wilhelminahaven basis. This includes the replacement of mooring buoys, the renovation of the jetties and dolphins and a section for push barges. Together, these projects will increase handling capacity, take optimal advantage of the available nautical space and improve safety conditions for all users.

Increased handling capacity
They current mooring buoys will be replaced by five new, certified mooring buoys with a maximum tensile strength of 200 tonnes. The new buoy configuration will increase the port’s board-board handling capacity as well as make it possible for larger vessels to put through a higher volume of cargo simultaneously. The new buoy berth was designed with a sharp eye for future requirements.

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Clean Energy Hub. Develop together and think with us!

The Port of Rotterdam Authority aims, together with the business sector, to develop Duivelseiland (a peninsula in the sea port of Dordrecht) into a strong and clean energy cluster for the storage, distribution, production/generation and bunkering/fuelling of clean energy.

As operator of Europe’s largest port, the Port Authority sees the development of a Clean Energy Hub as being in line in with its policy of playing a leading role in the European energy transition. The cluster also contributes to making the supply chain more sustainable for businesses in the logistics chain. With the signing of a declaration of intent for a multi-fuel bunkering station in October 2017 between the Port of Rotterdam Authority and PitPoint.LNG, the first steps have been taken for the development of a strong and clean energy cluster.

The Port Authority is inviting companies to locate here and to think with us to develop the concept of a ‘Clean Energy Hub’. If you have a business within the clean industry sector chain and are active in generation, conversion, storage, bunkering, maintenance and distribution, please get in touch with Rik Dalmeijer – Area Manager Dordrecht Inland Seaport.

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5 reasons to establish your business in Dordrecht Inland Seaport:

Excellent accessibility by inland and ocean-going vessels

Its depth of almost 10 metres means that the port is also accessible to sea-going vessels with a draught of up to 9.45 metres. Inland vessels and sea-going vessels can reach Dordrecht from the North Sea and the terminals in the Rotterdam Maasvlakte in around three hours. The Oude Maas is connected with the Waal and Rhine via the Beneden-Merwede, which means that the port is also connected with the German border. The Port of Moerdijk is also accessible to inland shipping via Hollands Diep and Antwerp is also accessible by water.

Located on a multimodal intersection

Dordrecht Inland Seaport lies directly on the A16 motorway, along the Rotterdam-Breda-Tilburg-Eindhoven-Venlo and Rotterdam - Antwerp logistics axis. The port is also situated favourably with respect to the N3, which connects the A16 with the A15 at Papendrecht. The inland location has an advantage that maritime cargo can avoid the traffic dense A15. The area also offers good rail connections. There is a trunk line that is connected to Dordrecht train station and the largest shunting yard in the Netherlands: Kijfhoek. This enables the supply and distribution of general cargo, containers and bulk via rail.

Greenery and investments in public space result in an attractive business climate

Dordrecht Inland Seaport is not only unique in terms of logistics options and location opportunities. It also offers an abundance of greenery and parks, and its unique atmosphere is defined by the nearby water. Over the past few years, the Port of Rotterdam Authority has made substantial investments in the local public space. Green areas, parking facilities and traffic infrastructure have been upgraded, and Dordrecht’s port basins have been dredged to a greater depth. In addition, the Port Authority and its partners have entered into a covenant regarding the improved enforcement of local regulations by BOA Rotterdam and Stadsbeheer Dordrecht. Public transport connections with Dordrecht Central Station have been substantially improved. The port area has also gained two new business investment zones, BIZ Louterbloemen and BIZ Krabbepolder. Their members have taken a number of collective measures to improve safety in the port area. These include a park management programme with barrier systems, CCT monitoring and surveillance. Over the next few years, the Port Authority will focus on optimising the local business climate, building up a clean energy cluster and stimulating employment in the area.

Close to the city, close to personnel

The Port of Dordrecht is located next to the city of Dordrecht. This means that city provisions such as shopping centres, petrol stations, meeting and training locations, restaurants and other catering establishments are close by. With almost 120,000 residents, a large, motivated labour pool is available in the immediate vicinity. Shipbuilding and the maritime industry have always played an important role in the region. Some 4,000 people already work in the port. They go to work every day by bike, car, scooter or public transport. Personnel from outside the city can reach the port by train and bus or by car.

Most important cluster for the maritime manufacturing industry

For producers of maritime components or suppliers of maritime products, a location in the Port of Dordrecht is a smart choice. Dordrecht is part of the Maritime and Smart Industry Top Region Drecht Cities. This collaborative venture includes the municipalities of Alblasserdam, Sliedrecht, Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, Papendrecht and Zwijndrecht. Together these places form the most important cluster for the maritime manufacturing industry in the Netherlands. Over 850 maritime companies are located here, including Boskalis, Royal IHC, Damen Shipyards, Heerema and Oceano.Dordrecht Inland Seaport is also part of the Westelijke Dordtse Oever (WDO)(in Dutch), an agglomeration of industrial sites that is home to over 900 companies.

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