Groningen Seaports comprises two ports, the port of Delfzijl and Eemshaven, and two inland ports, Farmsumerhaven and Oosterhornhaven.
The port of Delfzijl is mentioned in maritime publications dating as far back as the 16th century. A strong industrial core developed in the port area in the second half of the 20th century. The port of Delfzijl is now an international industrial and commercial harbour of great stature.
In 1968 the Dutch government earmarked the Eemsmond region as an economic spearhead region. One of the core developments was the building of the deep sea port, Eemshaven. The new port was officially opened by Queen Juliana in 1973. The project got off to a hesitant start, but this changed at the end of the nineties. Since that time the seaport has developed at lightning speed into a full-service port service and logistical hub in Northwest Europeans sea lanes.
The inland ports
Inland shipping in Groningen has been greatly stimulated since the second half of the 19th century. A new canal was built between Groningen and Delfzijl: the Eemskanaal. He canal strongly boosted inland shipping traffic. Throughout the years a great deal of work has been done on the infrastructure to encourage inland shipping. The recent upgrading of the Lemmer-Delfzijl navigation route has brought this process to a provisional end. Delfzijl now has two inland ports: Farmsumerhaven and Oosterhornhaven.