About the Antwerp Port Authority

The Antwerp Port Authority plays an important role in the day-to-day operation of the port. The Port Authority manages and maintains the docks, bridges, locks, quay walls and land. It is also responsible for the efficient passage and safety of the shipping traffic in the Antwerp port area. It provides tugs and cranes, carries out dredging work and promotes the port in Belgium and abroad.

To boost the competitiveness of the Port of Antwerp, the Antwerp Port Authority was established as an independent, municipally-owned agency in 1997. Before this it was managed by the Mayor and Aldermen and the local council of the city of Antwerp. In its current legal format, the Port Authority has its own decision-making powers and a human resources policy separate from the city. The Port Authority also has the power to reach joint ventures with other companies or government departments. In this way it can flexibly meet a rapidly evolving maritime market. The Port Authority's sole shareholder is the city of Antwerp. Port alderman Marc Van Peel is chairman of the Board of Directors. Jacques Vandermeiren is Chief Executive Officer and President of the Executive Committee as of 1 January 2017, which is responsible for the day-to-day management.

The 1,584 employees of the Antwerp Port Authority make sure the port is able to function and work on a sustainable future for the Port of Antwerp to ensure it can continue playing a leading role as an international seaport. The positions and responsibilities within the Port Authority are very diverse. An overview of the different services within the Antwerp Port Authority is available on this organisation chart.

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