The impressive Westerschelde near Vlissingen.

The Westerschelde (Western Scheldt) in the province of Zeeland in the southwestern Netherlands, is the estuary of the Scheldt river. This river once had several estuaries, but the others are disconnected from the Scheldt, leaving the Westerschelde as its only direct way to the sea. It is an important shipping route to the Port of Antwerp, Flushing, Ghent and Terneuzen  With its many bends and meanders, the Western Scheldt is one of the most difficult to navigate rivers in the world. About 20,000 seagoing ships per year are using the main fairway. In addittion, 50,000 inland ships per year use this waterway on their way to France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and further into Europe.