Farewell, port vice mayor Marc Van Peel

Thursday 27 12 2018

At the end of 2018 the Port of Antwerp will say goodbye to Marc Van Peel as port vice mayor and chairman of the board of directors. Here we take a brief look back at his period in office.

"In these 12 years as port alderman I have seen the port grow and grow. The construction of the Deurganck dock and the Kieldrecht lock, the deepening of the Scheldt, the new Port House, the recent introduction of the Water Bus ... we can be justifiably proud of these and many other developments," declared Marc Van Peel.

 

"The port is the main engine of the Belgian economy, generating added value of around 20 billion euros annually. That's enough to finance the entire education budget of our country. More than 140,000 people owe their job to the port, working for it directly or indirectly. These are stupendous figures. Nobody can deny the importance of the port of Antwerp, which is why it has been such a great honour for me to be port vice mayor. These were 12 years of intense, exciting activity which I look back on with great pleasure."

 

 

Now since December this year a poem written specially for him appears on the concrete base of Port House, and a new room there has been officially renamed Event Hall in honour of Marc Van Peel, President of the Antwerp Port Authority from 2007 to 2018.

Annick De Ridder takes over from Marc Van Peel at the 7th of January, becoming the first ever female vice mayor for the port.