Port information

(c) Port of Zeebrugge


The Belgian coastal port of Zeebrugge, literally Bruges-on-Sea, provides the easiest access to the many historical cities and places in Belgium.
The are two main factors why Zeebrugge is a destination port for cruise vessels. For the shipping company the port’s location right on the coast shortens approach time to a minimum as the vessel does not have to deviate from its itinerary on the North Sea.
For the passenger, a call in Zeebrugge provides the quickest access to the many historical cities in Belgium: Bruges foremost but also Ghent, Belgium’s capital Brussels and the WW1 battlefields of Ypres.
The brand new terminal building offers interporting and full turnaround opportunities for small to medium size vessels.

Port attractions

  1.  Bruges

    Cruise along the picturesque canals. Admire the many museums. Centuries-old facades hide luxurious shops with quality goods such chocolates, lace and jewelry. Bruges radiates charm.
  2.  The Great War

    In WW1 West-Flanders was the scene of trench warfare. Today, the memorial ‘In Flanders Fields’, the commonwealth cemeteries and daily ceremonies such as the Last Post bear witness to this era.
  3.  Ghent

    Similar to Bruges, Ghent is another historic city with medieval remnants and scenic canals where historical buildings, fascinating museums and specialist shops abound.
  4.  Brussels

    Belgium’s and Europe’s vibrant capital city is only 75 minutes away. A center of European culture and politics, it has 90 museums, beautiful parks, fascinating walks, trendy restaurants and bars.

Port views

Port of Zeebrugge
Port of Zeebrugge

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Port facts

Nautical information

Max. Length For Berth, M:
Max. Draught, M:
More Info Draught:
Max. Air Draught, M:
More Info Air Draught:
no restriction
No. Of Quays:
Quay Length Total, M:
1,325 m
Quay Depth, M:
up to 15 m
Anchorage Available:
Anchorage Compulsory:
Passenger Terminal:
Pilotage Compulsary:
Tugs Available:
Tidal Movement/range, M:
Ships Tenders Allowed:
no recommendet
Garbage Disposal:
Airport Distance, Km:
City Centre Distance, Km:


Are ships allowed burn HFO using:
✔ Closed loop
On-shore power supply to cruise vessels:
The Port of Antwerp-Bruges is planning to have its first 16 MVA OPS-installation operational by end 2025.
LNG bunkering supply to cruise vessels:
✔ By vessel / barge
✔ Road tanker (truck) on the quay
Supplying alternative fuels:
Reception Facilities for Contaminated Ballast Water:
Reception Facilities for Waste Oils:
Passengers by Source in 2023
Calls 2023

Onshore Power

Onshore Power
OPS (Onshore Power System)
Shore power within the next 5 years
Shore power within the next 5 years - Comments
The Swedish Quay cruise pier in Zeebrugge will be equipped by a first 16 MVA OPS installation by January 2026. A second will follow in the course of 2028.
Defined Compatibility Assessment process for each berth and ship combination to IEC/IEEE 80005-1
Information/documentation from the ship for the port before the first connection
Additional requirements for first-time connectio/max. duration between connections before process reapplies
Connection Time
Connection time from all fast to full operational SSE (Shore Side Electricity)
Disconnection time
Uninterrupted power supply guaranteed by shore power provider whilst connected
Restrictions / Penalties / Insurance
Weather conditions/restrictions/other limitations for safe use of SSE
Penalties in case of failure to connect by the ship: weather/itinerary changes/technical issues
Insurance covering any potential damage caused by the SSE
Port Fees
Utility standard/usage fees in addition to kWh rate
Tax/duty fees applicable
Other fees related to shore power
Useful Information
Discounts/incentives linked to shore power usage
Berthing policy linked to shore power usage
Confirmation time of the vessel for planned shore power usage before ETA

Port contacts


Piet Vandenkerkhove, Manager Cruise
Isabellalaan 1
8380 Zeebrugge
+ 32 478 25 704

Page last updated: 2024-02-23 13:49


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