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New passenger terminal for Brussels cruise daytrippers

10:01 14/05/2018

The Port of Brussels has opened a new passenger terminal for river cruise ships, with the goal of trebling the number of cruise daytrippers visiting the city by 2030.

The new €5.2 million terminal, which received 60% European funding, provides docking for ships that are too large to use the central Brussels canal.

The first boat to use new facility in Neder-Over-Heembeek on Friday was the 110-metre-long MS Modigliani, belonging to a French cruise operator, with capacity for 160 passengers.

Last year, 12,000 daytrippers visited Brussels on a river cruise and that figure could rise to 35,000 a year by 2030, generating €5 million in economic benefits, according to a feasibility study for the new terminal.

Photo: Jean Van Driessche/Belga