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Dordrecht Inland Seaport is ready for it

The rebranding is behind us, plans are forged and the permits have been obtained. The coming years, we will be building almost continuously to develop Dordrecht Inland Seaport into a hotspot for the maritime manufacturing industry, logistics and transhipment of bulk. "For those who have plans, now is the time to get on board."

Dordrecht Inland Seaport

"For those who have ambitions in the maritime manufacturing industry and other maritime and related sectors, now is the time to report in Dordrecht", Rik Dalmeijer, area manager of Dordrecht Inland Seaport on behalf of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, says. "Now, the possibilities are still endless and there is sufficient room available to accommodate growth, innovation and development. However, the interest is growing by the week. Rightly so, because Dordrecht has a lot to offer." Dalmeijer points out the fact that Dordrecht Inland Seaport is an integral part of the Maritime Top Region Drecht Cities, one of the most important maritime clusters in the world. "Plenty of clients, but also cross-fertilisation."

Deep water

Another USP is the unique location of the port of Dordrecht at the crossroads of seagoing shipping, inland shipping, rail and road. Dordrecht lies both on the Oude Maas and on the Dordrecht Kil. Inland vessels and sea-going vessels can reach Dordrecht from the North Sea and the terminals in the Rotterdam Maasvlakte in about three hours. And from there, there are excellent connections to Moerdijk, Antwerp and Germany by rail, motorway as well as inland shipping. This accessibility is also mentioned by John Belle, director of the Agro Delta Group as a reason to establish themselves there. "Dordrecht has the advantage that it is very close to the motorway so you can quickly get there and quickly be on your way again. We also have deep waterways. The depth along the quay is almost ten metres.”

Mentality

Rutger Kouwenhoven, regional director Europe of crane rental company Sarens, feels at home in Dordrecht for other reasons. “Dordrecht’s mentality appeals to us, but our market is also situated largely in the ‘Drecht Cities’. We mainly work for heavy industry and shipbuilding, which occurs on a significant scale in Zwijndrecht, Dordrecht, Sliedrecht and Papendrecht.”

11 hectares

"At this time, there are still approximately 11 hectares of the 170 hectares of port available, with or without a quay, for immediate long-term leases," Dalmeijer says. "The various plot sizes and spacing of the permitted environmental categories provide a variety of opportunities. There are also several business premises and warehouses for rent and for sale. In other words, Dordrecht offers plenty of opportunities."

Source and Photo: Dordrecht Inland Seaport

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