An alternative to inland navigation
Estuarine navigation was introduced in 2007 as a provisional measure, pending full inland navigation access for the port of Zeebrugge. From that moment on, modified and reinforced inland navigation craft (estuary ships) will be able to sail the route between Zeebrugge and the mouth of the Western Scheldt. After that they will continue their journey via the inland waterways (Western Scheldt). In this way, they avoid the limited transit possibilities at Bruges.