Source: adapted from Notteboom, T. (2006) Port regionalization in
Antwerp, in: Notteboom, T. (ed.), Ports are more than piers, De Lloyd:
Antwerp, pp. 307-328.
Inland Ports and Logistics Zones Around the Rhine Delta
Seaports are the central nodes driving the dynamics of large logistics
clusters. But at the same time seaports rely heavily on inland ports to
preserve their attractiveness. A major example of the formation of
region in Western Europe is the Rhine-Scheldt Delta. The logistics
zones in the Netherlands are mainly located in ports or around new or
existing barge or rail terminals in the hinterland. Dordrecht and Moerdijk
are important overflow locations for the port of Rotterdam. There are
now large concentrations of logistics sites in and around the inner
port of Liege, along the Geel-Hasselt-Genk axis and the Antwerp-Brussels
axis, and in the Kortrijk/Lille border region. The existing geographical
concentration of logistics sites has stimulated the development of inland
terminals in these areas.