Multi Fuel Port

Our vision


Port of Antwerp is one of the largest bunkering ports in the world, with an estimated 5 million metric tonnes of conventional fuels bunkered yearly. Driven by sustainable development goals as well as international regulation, the shipping sector has started its energy transition.


Therefore, Port of Antwerp is fully engaged to integrate low carbon fuels in its bunker market. LNG is a reality today. We’ll take care of methanol, hydrogen and electrical power between now and 2025.


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Port of Antwerp - SDG Affordably and Clean Energy
Port of Antwerp - SDG Decent Work and Economic Growth
Port of Antwerp - SDG Industry Innovation and Infrastructure
Port of Antwerp - SDG Sustainable Cities and Comminities
Port of Antwerp - SDG Climate Action
Port of Antwerp - SDG Partnerships for the Goals


We'll take action from our four roles as a port authority

Port of Antwerp - Community builder

Community builder

Port of Antwerp - Regulator


Port of Antwerp - Landlord


Port of Antwerp - Operator



Facts and figures

Click on the image to discover how we are working on the transition to a multi fuel port with alternative fuels that are better for the climate and air quality.

Are you curious about the figures on the evolution of bunker data for the different fuels over the past years?



Port safety management framework

The port authority’s safety management framework for bunkering of low carbon marine fuels consists of three layers: system safety, allocation, and operational safety. All three layers are anchored in article 5.5 of the Municipal Port Police Regulation and the Port Instructions. Contact our Harbour Master's Office for admissions and questions.



System Safety

The port authority issues 5-year permits for bunker fuel operators. To that end, a thorough audit is performed using the IAPH’ Clean Marine Fuels Audit Tool, which guarantees the application of the highest standards.



The external risks that arise from ship-to-ship bunkering of LNG have been quantified and evaluated against populations, activities, and infrastructure in the vicinity of each of more than 700 quay numbers in the Antwerp port area.


Access the map on the right to see which operations are allowed in the port area.



Operational Safety

Safety and efficiency of operations are ensured through the use of standard procedures and the IAPH’ operational bunker checklists. Authorizations for LNG bunker operations should be requested at using the form HKD 38 A  (truck-to-ship) or HKD 38 B  (ship-to-ship).


Planning of operations

  • Joint plan of operations
  • Authorization harbour master HKD 38
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  • LNG bunker checklist
  • Notification VHF 63 & terminal
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Bunker operation

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After LNG transfer

  • Melding VHF 63 & terminal




Possibilities for LNG bunkering in the Port of Antwerp


LNG can be bunkered in the port of Antwerp by truck and by barge. Here you will find a complete list of licensed bunkering vessels.


LNG Ready Terminal

Terminals have to prepare as well to receive vessels powered by LNG, hydrogen, methanol or ammonia.


That is why the IAPH Clean Marine Fuels workgroup has compiled a Terminal Readiness Guidance to help terminals evolve into an 'LNG-ready terminal'. You can download the guidance document here.


The Antwerp Port Authority has translated this guidance into five specific procedures for the port of Antwerp:


Port of Antwerp - Multi Fuel Port



  • Procedure 1 – the LNG Ready Terminal:
    general introduction into the Multi Fuel Port and the framework for the other procedures.
  • Procedure 2 - Handling LNG Fuelled Vessels – Safety Management:
    what does it mean exactly, an LNG-Ready Terminal?
  • Procedure 3 - The Joint Plan of Operations:
    this procedure gives insight into the preparatory process of an LNG bunkering operation. For each LNG bunkering operation the provider and receiving ship draw up a joint plan of operations. Depending on the presence or absence of any SIMOPS during the LNG bunkering, the required involvement of the terminal in the creation of this document is quite large or very small. In any case the terminal operator needs to be able to evaluate this document. This procedure guides them through this process.
  • Procedure 4 - Simultaneous Operations:
    if any other operations (unloading/loading, crew changes, etc) need to happen during the LNG bunkering, this qualifies as SIMOPS, making the terminal's involvement necessary in most cases..
  • Procedure 5 - Awareness and Training of Personnel:
    this procedure details the available training modules, including a content description.


The 5 procedures can be requested at