By boatmen, for boatmen

Wednesday 21 10 2020

Heaving lines weighted with illegal objects are very dangerous for boatmen. Boatman André Van Mechelen and assistant traffic controller Alain Vervloet therefore came up with the idea of making safe sandbags and handing them out to reported ships. For Port of Antwerp, safety is a top priority and we are proud to throw our weight behind this idea.

To throw hawsers far enough, the crew of a ship hangs an object at the end to make it heavier. There are agreements around this, but there are sometimes dangerous objects hanging on them, such as metal bolts. The boatmen cut off these heaving lines and the ship gets an official report. By using the sandbags with the Port of Antwerp logo instead, produced by tailor-made solutions company Werminval, we can raise awareness and provide a safe alternative at the same time!