Trainers: "In the past, we worked only from the shore. But then, you cannot see what happens on the waterside. Is painting work being carried out? Dumping? Is oil floating on the water? Is there diving work? All activities in the port must be authorised by Port of Antwerp-Bruges. Also, conditions must be met in order to guarantee safety. This can all be monitored much better now. In addition, this year we are also active with drones that provide an extra pair of eyes from the sky."
"We also get everywhere much quicker. For example, we are no longer bothered by congestion in the port area. Plus, we are in more direct contact with the people on the ships. That's why Vessel Traffic Services (VTS, responsible for vessel guidance) ask for our help at times. Certainly in the summer when there are yachts passing through the port. They don't always stop to listen and are difficult to reach. Then, VTS sometimes asks us to sail alongside and gather some information."