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Title: Shipspotting at Terneuzen / Netherlands now rather difficult
Post by: Pieter Inpyn on July 30, 2020, 02:43:00 pm
Shipspotting at Terneuzen / Netherlands now rather difficult because of construction of a new large lock.
The popular area "Kopje van Kanada" just west of the locks is now closed and sealed off. It will probably never return in the present form because part of it will be removed for a new, wider entrance to new sealock.
The road towards "Kopje van Kanada" is closed for all traffic, including pedestrians, also strictly no parking along the dike.
However a bit more west a new concrete stairs over the dike is constructed with a small parking area for six cars.
Also west of the small area strictly no parking: fines up to 100 Euros. See the first attached JPG-file.

I have found a nice site for shipspotting east of Terneuzen between the town quarter Othene and the hamlet Griete, see the second attached JPG-file.
Free parking but again high stairs over the dike, but a bench to sit on and the vessels passing by much closer and a better position regarding the sun.
Disadvantage is however that no longer the vessels to and coming from Terneuzen en Ghent industrial areas can be seen passing near the locks.
 


Title: Re: Shipspotting at Terneuzen / Netherlands now rather difficult
Post by: Russell Judge on August 02, 2020, 08:23:09 am
Thanks for that information; I am coming to Terneuzen for 2 days in September and I always used to go to "Kopje van Kanada"
The site east of town centre looks promising with the free parking and although we might miss the traffic entering the Ghent canal from the West, most of the coastal traffic seems to go up river. Also very slightly closer to the traffic on the North side of the Scheldt which appeared to be on the increase last year.


Title: Re: Shipspotting at Terneuzen / Netherlands now rather difficult
Post by: PietB on August 18, 2020, 04:16:35 pm
Russell, Pieter, All

Whist the Kopje van Kanada is certainly closed off and out of bounds, lots of people still use the access road as far as the sea wall, then turn left and park in various places. You can then walk over the dyke and get almost the same views as from Kopje van Kanada. No problems at present, though things may change.
There are, of course, lots and lots of places you can access to the east of the Ghent canal. Including a mole between the Jachthaven and canal that still gives you a very good view of traffic going into the canal sluices. All of these locations involve a short walk of a 200m or so.
Further east are many other good spots, though you will need a car or bicycle to get to them.
Only small, shallow draft vessels are using the northern passage. All large ships continue to hug the southern shore in the Terneuzen area.
Hope this helps.
Piet B


Title: Re: Shipspotting at Terneuzen / Netherlands now rather difficult
Post by: Pieter Inpyn on August 18, 2020, 04:35:49 pm
Quote: Whist the Kopje van Kanada is certainly closed off and out of bounds, lots of people still use the access road as far as the sea wall, then turn left and park in various places.

Well, good luck with that! That road is strictly forbidden for any traffic. Parking there will result in a parking ticket over 100 Euro, police was seen several times in the weekend while many people were seeking some fresh air at the waterside during the extremely hot days.

The only allowed parking space is marked in green in my first graphic.


Title: Re: Shipspotting at Terneuzen / Netherlands now rather difficult
Post by: Russell Judge on September 24, 2020, 03:01:29 pm
Just a very quick update. I drove up to the top of the Dyke as if to go to Kopje van Kanada.
It was all fenced off but the gate was open and I sat at the top for a couple of hours before a worker leaving the site asked me to leave so he could lock up.
I then drove to the Brasserie Westbier where I went for a coffee and was told it was free parking all day in their dedicated small car park.
It’s only €6 all day anyway so no great saving.
The free parking by the Churchill Hampshire hotel is OK as well.
I didn’t go back the next day to see if it was open again but i’ll be back on 1st Oct and I’ll report back.


Title: Re: Shipspotting at Terneuzen / Netherlands now rather difficult
Post by: Daniel Bérubé on September 24, 2020, 11:20:50 pm
Am from Canada and went there once. Only trouble were them angry birds that acted as Junker planes bombs diving on my head. Seem they owned the place and cared for their nests...