The port of Antwerp with its many dockside activities and the Scheldt as a background is very photogenic.
The port of Antwerp is a unique place with lots of opportunities for interesting and unusual pictures. It is permitted to take photographs of the port and its activities, provided certain conditions are observed. Just keep to the rules, and you will have a rewarding experience!

On the public road

No permission is needed to take photographs from the public road. But for your own safety, remember that the port is a busy industrial area. Be constantly alert for activities around you, and keep to the rules of the road. The traffic situation around bridges and locks changes frequently, so you have to be extremely careful. Move, stand and shoot at your own risk.


There are lots of good places for ship-spotting in the port. The Port Authority has even produced a map of interesting places for spotting and taking photographs of ships. Download the map here.

There are also various internet sites that tell you which vessels are due to call at the port. Examples include MarineTraffic and VesselTracker.

Economic activity

As well as ship-spotting the economic activity in the port can be a source of inspiration for photography.  However, the Port Authority advises against taking pictures of facilities and/or personnel without first obtaining permission from the company or organisation concerned. Among other things there may be issues of privacy law involved, and furthermore each company has its own security regulations.

Image bank

Antwerp Port Authority has its own image bank, a real treasure-trove of information. As you might expect there are lots of pictures of the modern port, regularly supplemented by new shots taken by our in-house photographer. But there are a great many historical pictures too, enabling you to follow the development of the port over the decades. Click here for our image bank