Ship spotting

If you want to admire giant container carriers from just a few metres away, the port of Antwerp is the place to come. There is even a free map with the best spotting locations.

Cruise ships, dredgers, ro/ro carriers, container carriers, oil tankers, tugs, barges ... all these and more can be seen in the port of Antwerp from close up. Many ship-spotters are regularly to be found at their favourite spot, binoculars and camera at the ready.

The Port Authority has compiled a special map for shipspotters, enabling you to choose your own place to view a giant container carrier, powerful tug or heavily laden tanker sail by. Did you take impressive pictures? Make sure to share them on social media, adding @portofantwerp or #portofantwerp!

But be prudent! Although these locations are on the public highway, the Port Authority advises you not to take photographs of port companies, their facilities or employees without prior permission.

There are various internet sites where you can find out which ships are due to call at the port of Antwerp. Examples include MarineTraffic and VesselTracker.




The port of Antwerp is handling more goods than ever. And more and more goods are being shipped in containers. The capacity of containerships has mutiplied by 5 since the 90'ies. Megaships these days have a capacity of more than 20.000 TEU (Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit). 1 TEU stands for 1 Twenty Foot container. Did you know that every one of these ships provides more welfare and employment? Furthermore, these ships make sure the shops and your home are filled with products. 

More than a 1000 shipspotters took a boat trip around the port on July the 24th, admiring containers being unloaded on the Deurganckdok. 


Which megaships can be spotted in the port of Antwerp?

  • 02/01/2019: ONE Columba


  • 09/07: Cosco Shipping Virgo
  • 24/07: Cosco Shipping Universe
  • August: Ever Genius 
  • 27/08: Cosco Shipping Capricorn
  • 3/09: Cosco Shipping Libra
  • September: Ever Given