Vlissingen is a port city located in southwestern Holland, and on the former Walcheren island. With its strategic location between the North Sea and Scheldt river, Vlissingen has been a major harbour for centuries. In 1315 it was granted city rights. During the 17th century the city was a main harbour for ships of Dutch East India Company (VOC). Vlissingen is also known as Admiral Michiel de Ruyter's birthplace (1607-1676).
Vlissingen has a total area of 344.83 km2 (133.14 ml2) and a population of 44,350 inhabitants (2014 census). It is noted for the yards on Scheldt where most of the vessels of Koninklijke Marine (Royal Netherlands Navy) are built. Cruisers are attracted to Vlissingen not only because of its maritime character, but because nowhere else in the world do big ships pass so close to shore.
The derivation of the Vlissingen name is unclear, though many scholars relate it to the word "fles" (bottle). According to one story, when St. Willibrord landed in the city with a bottle during the 7th century, he shared the contents with the beggars there. A miracle occurred, when the contents of the bottle didn't diminish. In English, Vlissingen was historically named "Flushing". In the 17th century the city was major enough to be a town which English speakers referred to and had acquired its own English name.
Vlissingen's history was marked by invasion and bombardments. Due to its strategic position at the mouth of Schelde, the primary passageway to Antwerp, it attracted the interest of the British, French, Germans and Spanish. Floods have been a constant threat. The city declined in the 18th century. Napoleonic Wars were very disastrous. After 1870, Vlissingen's economy revived after the construction of the Walcheren canal and new docks, the arrival of railway and establishment of De Schelde shipyard. World War II interrupted this growth as the city was damaged by inundation and shelling but was liberated by British Commandos of 4th Special Service Brigade on November 3, 1944.
After the war the city was rebuilt. During the 1960s, the industrial area of Vlissingen-Oost and the seaport developed and flourished. Today this area is the driving force behind central Zeeland and generates thousands of jobs. Around 50,000 ships from all corners of the world pass through Schelde every year.
Ferry connection were established to Breskens, since on March 2003 the Western Scheldt Tunnel was opened for cyclists and pedestrians only. A ferry service operated by Olau Line to Sheerness but was terminated in 1994.
Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen
Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen is a shipyard located near North Sea (approx 10 km / 6 ml) from the yeard.. The facility is directly and easily accessible (entrance width is 500 m / 1640 ft) at any tide level.
Damen shipyard in Vlissingen has 3 fully equipped dry docks (1 covered, 1 open, 1 floating dock) and 3 quays. The facility is served by 150 highly skilled workers. As services, at the shipyard can be done vessel conversions, repairs, maintenance works, metal construction works, propulsion systems, hydraulics, electrical systems, piping, The Vlissingen shipyard is unique for allowing docking of LNG tanker ships in a non-gas-free condition.
Damen Vlissingen shipyard has the following facilities:
- Berth 1 (length 440 m, max draft 8 m) is served by 3 cranes (55-ton, 32-ton, 27-ton).
- Berth 2 (length 150 m, max draft 10,5 m) is served by 1 crane (40-ton).
- Berth 3 (length 335 m, max draft 8 m) is served by 2 cranes (18-ton, 30-ton).
- The Covered DryDock (length 215 m, width 30 m, max draft 8,7 m) is served by 4 cranes (75-ton each).
- The Floating Dock (length 229 m, width 36 m, max draft 7 m) is served by 3 cranes (12-ton, 12-ton, 40-ton).
- The Open Dry Dock (length 175 m, width 25 m, max draft 7,7 m) is served by 3 cranes (27-ton, 32-ton, 55-ton).
The types of marine vessels serviced here include offshore, dredgers, container ships, LNG tankers, sunsea support vessels, bulk carriers, fishing trawlers, warships, ferries, cruise ships. Among the cruise vessels recently refurbished by Damen Vlissingen are the CMV ships Astor (in 2014), and Marco Polo (December 2015). The recent list of ferry ships refurbished here includes the DFDS Seaways ferries Dunkerque Seaways, Delft Seaways, and Dover Seaways (all 3 in January 2015), the P&O ferries Spirit of Britain and Spirit of France (both in January 2016).
Port Vlissingen cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Vlissingen, Holland. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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