PFAS contamination can be found at various locations throughout Flanders and Europe, including in the Antwerp port area. Respect for people and the environment is a top priority for Port of Antwerp-Bruges and care for the environment and local residents is central to the way we operate the port. We also take care when carrying out infrastructure work.
There are long and short PFAS chains. Existing methods to adsorb PFAS with activated carbon work for those long PFAS chains but are less efficient for short chains. In the Antwerp port area, there are mainly short PFAS chains that have spread further with (brackish) groundwater. Sustainable and scalable solutions for this specific problem have not yet been tested on a large scale in Flanders. For this reason, Port of Antwerp-Bruges, with the support of the Innovative Public Procurement Programme (PIO), is launching a public tender aimed at companies with innovative technologies. With this public tender, Port of Antwerp-Bruges aims to have scalable solutions developed in an operational environment within a short period of time.