Zeehaven IJmuiden N.V. is the private manager, developer and owner of the IJmuiden ports.
IJmuiden owes its emergence and prosperity to the construction of the North Sea Canal, the waterway between Amsterdam and the North Sea, which was completed in 1876. Before that time, the Dutch coast between Rotterdam and Den Helder offered no direct access to Amsterdam. At first, the entrance of the North Sea Canal was only used as a port of refuge by fishing boats on the North Sea. The supply of fresh fish by fishing boats drew traders to IJmuiden.
The presence of the traders led to an upward spiral of fishing activities and an ever increasing number of traders and shipping companies established themselves in IJmuiden.
Op 10 April 1989, the state-owned fishery harbour corporation Staatsvissershavenbedrijf was privatised by the establishment of Zeehaven IJmuiden N.V. in which all the assets and activities of the ‘old’ corporation were incorporated. This arrangement, involving a private port operator and participation by established companies and authorities, is unique in the Netherlands. In this way, entrepreneurial strength and sense of purpose have been combined in the port of IJmuiden. Zeehaven IJmuiden N.V. is responsible for the development of the port of IJmuiden and as a private port operator is in the unique position to keep a sharp eye on market developments in the sectors that are active in the port. Due to continuous investment, the port has managed to strengthen its competitive position and has established a solid basis for further development in the years to come.