Delfzijl is a major North Sea (Baltic Sea) port, river cruise port and city in Holland's Groningen province (northeastern Netherlands) with a population of around 25,000. The settlement was founded around the former sluice (gate-controlled water channel, now part of Damsterdiep) connecting the rivers Ems and Delf. In the 16th-century, Delfzijl became a fortified town, but its fortifications were dismantled by the late-19th-century.
By annual cargo shipping traffic, Port Delfzijl (NLDZL) is ranked Holland's 5th largest seaport - after Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Moerdijk, and Terneuzen. For larger (ocean-going) passenger liners, Delfzijl is the cruise port for Groningen (province's capital city). Groningen Seaports is the Delfzijl port authority (terminal operator). The company provides all standard port services to its industrial and commercial clients, including tugboat assistance, berthing, logistics, infrastructure, site maintenance.
Most major construction works were conducted in late-16th-century when the here were built a square sconce (small protective fortification/earthwork) and a church. Ba late-16th-century, the fortifications were expanded with 6 stone-made bastions (bulwarks). During Kerstvloed 1717 (Christmas Flood of 1717) town's fortifications and sluices were severely damaged and finally removed in 1875 to free space for the new train station.
Town's economy was based on grain milling, straw-made paper, and clay-made bricks. The current-day town's economy is based on cargo shipping and Aluminium Delfzijl (plant owned by the Indian corporation Tata Steel Europe Ltd). In 2004, the plant reported record production of 112,400 tons of liquid aluminum and 157,700 tons of raw metal castings.
Port Delfzijl 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 Delfzijl, 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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