All nautical services are available to ensure shipping from, to and in the Port of Antwerp is as quick and safe as possible. To meet also other needs, a whole range of extra facilities is offered. These services and facilities are available electronically via the APCS.
The Antwerp Port Authority's Shipping traffic management department brings together everyone involved in technical-nautical services, vessel traffic management and planning: chief traffic controllers and dockmasters. All the operational activities that relate to shipping movements to, from and in the port will eventually come under this department.
In view of the increasing density of shipping traffic and the larger size of ships it is importantto bring all the services concerned with traffic management together in a single building. These include not only the Harbourmaster’s office and the head of tugging operations within the Port Authority but also DAB Loodswezen (Pilotage) and the shipping traffic management of MDK (Coast & Maritime Services agency). The shared platform also accommodates the other partners in the chain, including the Brabo dock pilots, berth attendants, URS and Antwerp Towage. By 2014, these services will have their own permanent place in the Antwerp Coordination Centre (ACC), a new building beside the Zandvliet lock.
Within the port area, the Harbourmaster's Office monitors the security of shipping. It is responsible for taking all measures to safeguard public order, peace and security of the port, such as regulating the handling and storage, regulation of access to the port and safeguarding the environment, integrity and security of the port area
Pilots advise captains on how to navigate and manoeuvre their vessels. Vessels on the Scheldt are piloted by the Pilotage. Behind the locks, the Brabo pilots take over.
To manoeuvre on the Scheldt, vessels are assisted by Kotug Smit Towage or Antwerp Towage tugs. Behind the locks, the Port Authority's tugs take over.
Ship’s agents and shipping companies are required by law to declare the ship's waste on board. The port has provided a simple and reliable registration procedure that efficiently manages the waste flow follow up.
APCS is the network of systems and solutions for electronic communication in the Port of Antwerp. The APCS offers several nautical services to ensure an efficient follow-up of shipping movements and optimum arrival and departure planning of vessels. Functionalities are also provided for the application of non-nautical services such as waste collection and the execution and administrative handling.