The port of Delfzijl offers every facility of the traditional seaport: well-equipped commercial quays, ample storage and transhipment capacity, modern loading and unloading facilities, as well as shipyard and repair provisions. Both in the port areas and their immediate vicinity, Groningen Seaports manages high-quality sites concentrated around industrial and logistic clusters regarding the topsections chemicals, energy, recycling, agribusiness and logistics.


One of the most important industries at Delfzijl is chemicals. About 15% of the Netherlands’ overall production of chemicals is generated at the Chemical cluster Delfzijl. Other important sectors in Delfzijl include recycling, energy and logistics.


Of all output of chemical industries in the Netherlands no less than 15% comes from Delfzijl. It all started with a soda ash plant in the Delfzijl port area. In its 4 decades’ history business expanded and a strong cluster of closely interlinked chemical factories, plants and related business developed. Chemport Delfzijl is characterized by the high level of synergy and collaboration. Within the chemical corridor in Europe, Delfzijl is one of the key locations, harbouring several key industries.

Chemport Delfzijl is a classic example of chemical industries exploiting local reserves. The region is rich in natural gas and salt. These reserves were – and still are – the basis for a cluster of base chemical industries including chlorine, chloro-alkali, soda ash, and methanol production plants. They, in turn, feed dozens of downstream special chemicals producers and manufacturers. Since September 2006 Chemport Delfzijl and Rotterdam are Akzo’s sole chlorine producing locations in the Netherlands. North Water operates a modern treatment plant for salty waste water.


The circular economy plays an important role in the economic development of Groningen’s seaports, especially in Delfzijl. The recycling sector is extremely diverse and is developing quickly, mainly driven by the need for sustainability, by pressure on the consumption economy and the scarcity of raw materials. Is in the recycling sector often the ‘nimby’-principle (not in my backyard) still active, Delfzijl even opens its front yard to accommodate the recycling business industry!


  • Cargo throughput 5,128,000 tonnes
  • Total area: 1,469 hectare
  • Land can be leased or bought
  • Still available: 492 hectares
  • Quay age Handelskade: 850 metres
  • Draught Delfzijl seaport: 9.0 metres
  • Draught Delfzijl inland port: 5.0 metres
  • Multimodal accessibility
  • Tankcleaning facility
  • Heaviest category of industry (5.3) allowed
  • Tankstorage capacity (JPB Logistics, Contitank Tankstorage, Vopak)


business manager
recycling & waste management
E-mail: s.koers@groningen-seaports.com
Phone: +31 (0)6 206 112 55

business manager chemicals
E-mail: h.kats@groningen-seaports.com
Phone: +31 (0)6 4630 4274

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