Strengthening the position of the port and port business community

North Sea Port is the 60-kilometre-long cross-border port area that extends from Vlissingen in the Netherlands on the North Sea, via Terneuzen on the Western Scheldt, to Ghent – ​​32 kilometres inland – in Belgium. Within the range of European seaports, North Sea Port is in eighth place when it comes to the amount of goods handled. Regarding added value, North Sea Port is even in third place. The port provides direct and indirect employment for approximately 100,000 people, making an indispensable contribution to prosperity in the cross-border region.

The Promotion Council North Sea Port Foundation is an initiative of the port business community. The main objective is to strengthen the economic and social position of the port and the region. Companies and institutions that have a direct or indirect interest in that goal participate in the foundation. The Promotion Council is a network organisation and business club that brings parties involved in the port together and connects them in an active and sustainable port community. The Council is the 'community centre' of the port. Promotion Council North Sea Port offers a platform for meeting, exchanging information, and doing business

 

For port stakeholders, by port stakeholders

Through this port community, the Promotion Council promotes the port both nationally and internationally as an attractive gateway to North-western Europe that offers all the necessary logistics and maritime facilities, where there is space, and as the congestion-free alternative for surrounding seaports. Promoting the distinctive advantages of the port in general and of the logistics and maritime services of the participants of the Council requires permanent action. Promotion Council North Sea Port is ambassador of the port and contributes to maintaining and strengthening social support for the port and the activities of its participants. 

 

Port community network and business club

The network and business club activities consist of:

General Participants Meeting

In the spring and in autumn, all participants are invited to the General Participants Meeting, which consists of:

  • A general part about the ins and outs of the foundation and introducing new participants.
  • A substantive part about relevant current developments in or for the port.
  • A closing network drink and buffet.

Port Lunches

Twice a year, the Promotion Council North Sea Port organises a port lunch. During the lunch, there is room for presentations by participants about new developments and for presentations by third party representatives about important developments that have an impact on the port.

Company Visits

Companies of co-participants are visited twice a year. The visits consist of a presentation and/or guided tour and a concluding informal part.

Golf Day with North Sea Port

An annual golf tournament and clinic is organised for participants of the Promotion Council and relations of North Sea Port

Nazomer Haventreffen

This event is the first port business meeting after the summer holidays.

Havenpalaver

During the annual Havenpalaver in December, representatives of participants look back on the year that has passed and express their expectations and wishes for the new year. There is plenty of opportunity for networking during drinks and the walking dinner.

New Year's Meeting

In January, North Sea Port will organise a large-scale New Year's meeting in collaboration with PORTIZ, Voka/VeGHO, and Promotion Council North Sea Port.

Summer Event

A network event is being organised in collaboration with North Sea Port, VNO NCW Zeeland/West-Brabant and Voka VeGHO.

 

Promotion

The promotion activities include:

PortNews

Together with North Sea Port, Promotion Council North Sea Port publishes PortNews, an international quarterly magazine intended for all business relations of participants and North Sea Port. The magazine highlights important developments in the port at the participants’ businesses. The magazine is distributed over a wide international audience and promotes the activities of the companies which are active in the port and the activities of the port business.

Trade fairs and missions

Promotion Council North Sea Port participates in trade fairs and missions together with North Sea Port. At the fairs, Promotion Council represents its participants, supports the participants, and serves as an anchorage for visiting participants. Participants can also join in the network activities that are organized during the trade fair.

Receipts

Promotion Council North Sea Port receives relevant interested parties and decision makers in the port, often in consultation and cooperation with North Sea Port.

Website

Promotion Council North Sea Port offers access to information about the port and the participants via the website www.pc-nsp.com.

Newsletter

Ten times a year, a digital newsletter is published for the participants and relevant relations of the Promotion Council North Sea Port.

Service

Promotion Council North Sea Port can advise and support participants with promotional activities.

 

Public support

Promotion Council North Sea Port promotes the importance of the port for the regional economy and employment to 'the environment', in particular to those living in the vicinity of the port areas. But also, to other regional businesses, political parties and government bodies, educational institutions, and so on. Among other things, the following events are used for this purpose:

Open Havendag

Once every two years, Promotion Council North Sea Port and North Sea Port organise the Open Havendag (Open Port Day).

Educational projects

Promotion Council North Sea Port organises and participates in projects that motivate children and teenagers to choose a career path in the port industry. 

Sparring partner and advisor

Promotion Council North Sea Port is eager to contribute to initiatives that are aimed at the enhancement of North Sea Port’s position. These initiatives can have numerous focus areas: transport and logistics, port policy, labour market, education, sustainability, safety, cross-border projects, or the promotion of North Sea Port.


Funding

The organisation and activities of the Promotion Council North Sea Port are funded via a contribution from North Sea Port and the contributions of the participants. For more information about participation, please contact our secretariat.

 

The board

Henk de Haas

Henk de Haas

President
Peter Sterkenburg

Peter Sterkenburg

Vice President

Managing Director
Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen

Alex de Fouw

Alex de Fouw

Treasurer

Director Rabobank Oosterschelde

Sandra De Mey

Sandra De Mey

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Commercial Manager North Sea Port

Johan De Raeve

Johan De Raeve

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Managing Director Stukwerkers

Ilona van Drongelen

Ilona van Drongelen

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Commercial coordinator OVET

Jelle van Koevorden

Jelle van Koevorden

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Managing Director DFDS Ferry Belgium

Roel Latuheru

Roel Latuheru

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Managing Director
TOS Port & Logistics

Erika Lecleir

Erika Lecleir

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Personal Assistant to the CEO
Verbrugge International

Marijn van Nispen

Marijn van Nispen

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Managing director STT Group of Companies

Bert Jan Oosterhuis

Bert Jan Oosterhuis

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Engineering Manager
Zeeland Refinery

Pierre Thielemans

Pierre Thielemans

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Managing Director Lalemant Trucking

Office

Charles van den Oosterkamp

Charles van den Oosterkamp

Programme Director
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