Port of Antwerp-Bruges and North Sea Port want to encourage barge operators to invest in barge trackers. This is by offering financial support of up to 50% of the purchase price, with a ceiling of €200.

Tracing barges for more safety and efficiency

Tracing dumb barges offers numerous advantages for pusher barge operators, waterway operators and port authorities alike. Since data are sent digitally, Port of Antwerp-Bruges and North Sea Port can all share them among themselves.

Tracking barges for more safety and efficiency

Tracking barges offers numerous advantages for the barge sector, and for the port and waterway authorities.

Because data is sent digitally, the ports of Antwerp and North Sea Port can share it among themselves. Thanks to increased transparency of the composition of convoys and the location of barges in ports and waterways, lock schedules are optimised.

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Another direct result of this tracking is that safety in the ports and on the waterways is enhanced. It can be seen at any time which ship or convoy is where, and interventions can be made more quickly in the event of problems.

In addition, in the near future, barge operators will also benefit from having a tracker, given the (mandatory) introduction of digital notifications.

 

Finally, thanks to these trackers, owners and operators will have real-time data on the location of the barges. In the past, a barge operator or shipping company had to contact a skipper several times a day to request his position. Now the position of the barge can be plotted visually at a glance. This digital record is important for fulfilling rental contracts and can serve as evidence if an insurance claim is made.

This initiative is a collaboration between North Sea Port and Port of Antwerp-Bruges, with support from the Department of Mobility and Public Works of the Flemish government.

What are the terms conditions and procedures?

  • Purchase and installation of the barge tracker between 1 January 2019 and 30 September 2022.
  • Must have made at least three calls to the port of Antwerp or North Sea Port in the past three years.

 

Download the other terms and conditions and procedures at the bottom of this page.

 

Request your financial support

Follow these steps to submit your request:

 

  1. Consult the 'Overview of attachments to be added' at the bottom of this page for a list of the declarations and documents you will need to provide as part of your request.
  2. Download annexes A, B, C, D and H at the bottom of this page, complete and sign them (can also be done in Step 7).
  3. Provide the following documents (can also be done in step 7):
     
    - A declaration on the installation and operation of the barge tracker.
    - A copy of the barge's tonnage certificate.
    - A copy of the invoice for the purchase and installation of the tracker.
     
  4. Click on 'Submit your request' below to fill out the request form. You will need your bank details and the details of your barge and tracker, in addition to your own details.
  5. On the last page of the form, you can upload any attachments you already have. Don't have all the necessary attachments ready yet? No problem, you can also provide these to us later, see step 7.
  6. Submit your request. You will then receive an automatic email notification from us to confirm your submission.
  7. Did you not add all the required attachments when you submitted your request? Then reply to the confirmation email and add the missing attachments. We can then link them to your request.
  8. Your request will be incomplete until we receive all documents.
Submit your request

Downloads

Conditions and procedures for application of a pushed barge tracker for inland navigation.

Conditions and procedures

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Conditions and procedures for application of a pushed barge tracker for inland navigation.
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Notification of processing of personal data.

Notification of processing of personal data

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Notification of processing of personal data.
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In this overview you will find all the necessary attachments for submitting an application for a pushed barge tracker.

Overview of annexes to attach

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In this overview you will find all the necessary attachments for submitting an application for a pushed barge tracker.
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Declaration that no previous subsidy has been obtained.

Annex A

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Declaration that no previous subsidy has been obtained.
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Declaration of compliance with the subsidy conditions.

Annex B

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Declaration of compliance with the subsidy conditions.
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Declaration concerning de minimis aid.

Annex C

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Declaration concerning de minimis aid.
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Data contract.

Annex D

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Data contract.
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Declaration of honour concerning the use of the waters in the area of application.

Annex H

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Declaration of honour concerning the use of the waters in the area of application.
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Contact our expert

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Isabel Sak

Mobility Advisor

Do you have any questions about requesting financial support for push barge trackers? Do not hesitate to contact us.

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