Belgium is among the world leaders in chemistry and pharmaceuticals. Antwerp is a real hub for chemical companies and exports a lot of Belgian pharma products. Zeebrugge imports large quantities of LNG, which accounts for some 15% natural gas in Europe.
But what if an incident occurs involving a fire or hazardous substance in a factory or on board a ship? Depending on the seriousness of the situation, a plan is then activated. Companies handling hazardous goods have an internal emergency plan, but if the situation is too serious, the competent authorities activate the general or special emergency intervention plans (ANIP/BNIP).
Major chemical companies, such as BASF in Antwerp, have their own specialised fire brigade. They know perfectly how to handle certain chemicals. BASF's fire service also comes to the aid of other companies in the port in the event of an incident.