Supporting policy

As a proactive, customer-oriented supply chain partner, the Antwerp Port Authority wants to increase the role of inland navigation and is adopting several initiatives to reach this objective. Together with all the stakeholders the Port Authority drew up a coordinating Master Plan for Barge Transport. The Port of Antwerp’s clear plan and strong customer focus will keep it at the forefront of inland navigation – as the barge port in Europe.

Close collaboration with market players

The Port Authority regularly meets with the barge sector. The collaboration between all partners in the logistics chain is exceptionally good. By combining forces the port is able to streamline the barge processes and facilities and create a positive dynamic among the various stakeholders. This approach results in greater collaboration, sharing of knowledge and expertise, and a customer-oriented, getting-things-done mentality.

 
 

"The collaboration with the Port Authority is unique. Thanks to the pragmatic approach and the open dialogue between the barge sector and the Port Authority, fast results are achieved for efficient handling of barges. Everything is possible at the Port of Antwerp.”

Philippe Govers
Chief Operations Officer, BCTN BeNeLux, Director ICBO

 To the top

Innovative projects to achieve modal shift

The Port Authority advocates a modal shift of transport flows in, to and from the port in favour of inland navigation. The chart below illustrates this ambition.


The Port Authority supports this modal shift through its efforts to increase the number of connections, the efficiency of the inland navigation and to keep the infrastructure up to date with today’s requirements for a smooth barge transport. The Port Authority’s Intermodal Solutions service desk facilitates the setting up of new and the increase of the frequency of existing intermodal connections.  Several innovative initiatives increase the efficiency of the inland navigation in the port and between the port and the European hinterland.

Discover these initiatives here.

 To the top

Optimising inland waterway infrastructure

The Port Authority also provides the barge sector with the necessary services by facilitating drinking water delivery, LNG bunkering, shore power and waste collection, among other things. Providing sufficient “waiting” berths within the port area is a topic that is also on the agenda. Other projects, in cooperation with the Flemish government, will result in an improved infrastructure.

Projects in co-operation with the Flemish government

  • Renovation of the Van Cauwelaert lock;
  • Construction of waiting berths on the river Scheldt (Ketelplaat);
  • Upgrading the Albert Canal: heightening the bridges over the Albert canal (9,10m) for 4-layers container barges and widening the canal;
  • Deurganck dock lock, the largest lock in the world: the new lock currently being built for the Deurganck dock provides a connection between the river Scheldt and the Waasland Canal. Via this lock barges and seagoing vessels will have easy access to all the other docks on the left bank. The lock has a length of 500 metres, a width of 68 metres and a depth of 17.8 metres below TAW (water elevation measurement; Belgium). It will be fully operational in April 2016.

Projects of the Port Authority

To the top

Close collaboration with the waterway administrators

For policy developments on European, federal, Flemish and local level, the Port Authority is in constant contact with among others ‘NV De Scheepvaart’ and ‘Waterwegen en Zeekanaal NV’. By deploying various initiatives these waterway administrators try to optimise the infrastructure and encourage the use of barges.

Contact

Pascale Pasmans

Function: 
Head Intermodality & Hinterland
Address: 

Antwerp Port Authority
Port House
Zaha Hadidplein 1
2030 Antwerp

Dominique Vercauteren

Function: 
Consultant Intermodality & Hinterland
Address: 

Antwerp Port Authority
Port House
Zaha Hadidplein 1
2030 Antwerp

Marjan Beelen

Function: 
Consultant Intermodality & Hinterland
Address: 

Antwerp Port Authority
Port House
Zaha Hadidplein 1
2030 Antwerp