The Port of Deventer is one of the largest inland ports in the Netherlands in terms of surface area. With the construction of a container terminal, its ideal location on the river IJssel and the A1 Business Park nearby, the Port of Deventer is a strong promoter and driving force for sustainable water transport.

Logistical hotspot

Water transport is rapidly gaining ground as a sustainable form of transport and an alternative to road transport. The Port of Deventer has justifiably been designated one of the eight Dutch inland ports that holds a key within the TEN-T, the principal network of rail, road and waterways in which optimal handling of international passenger and goods transport is almost guaranteed. Deventer has been designated a logistical hotspot in the Regional Environmental Vision as published by the province of Overijssel.


The Port of Deventer now plays a vital role in the production and transhipment of food products, animal feed, sand, grit and minerals, to name but a few. The five arms of the port can be accessed by CEMT class IV vessels via the Prins Bernhard lock. The lock chamber is 11.80 metres wide and 100 metres long. The 15 berths located along the arms are accessible for vessels up to 2000 tons and a draught of up to 3 metres. The port features another four berths beyond the lock, and studies are underway to see whether the lock can be modified to process V-class vessels.