The Flemish Government has taken a final preference decision for a new sea lock in Zeebrugge. The initial draft preference decision was steered on the basis of the statements of objection submitted during the public inquiry. The Flemish Government stated that the new sea lock will be built on the location of the old Visart lock, but outlined necessary accompanying measures will be taken. "We are ready to invest 1 billion euros, a considerable investment which will pave the way for more jobs and growth in the port of Zeebrugge, but also for a better local mobility. We take the concerns of the local residents seriously", states the Flemish Minister of Mobility and Public Works, Ben Weyts. In 2016, the Flemish government started the project Improvement Nautical Access (inner) port of Zeebrugge. It aims to further growth and development of Port of Zeebrugge. The Port of Zeebrugge is a large container, bulk cargo, new vehicles and passenger ferry terminal port in the municipality of Bruges, Flanders, Belgium, handling over 50 million tonnes of cargo annually.