Maritime services

Maritime services

In Port of Antwerp-Bruges, we offer a range of maritime services and port services. Pilots, towage services, bunker companies, waste collectors and traffic managers ensure a port in which every journey runs smoothly and safely.

A towage tug guides a ship into the port.

Towage services

Tugs are powerful and manoeuvrable vessels that assist large ships in precise mooring and unmooring. Both in Antwerp and Zeebrugge you can solicit various towing companies.

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A pilot climbs aboard a ship.


Pilots direct shipping. Their advice and insights help captains accurately navigate their vessels inside and outside the port area. In Flanders, the Agency for Maritime Services and Coast (MDK) is responsible for shipping traffic to and from Antwerp and Bruges.

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Bunkering in Zeebrugge and Antwerpen


Like cars, ships need fuel to operate. In shipping, this refuelling process is called bunkering. Port of Antwerp-Bruges has an extensive range of conventional fuels, such as low-sulphur bunker oil, and alternative fuels, such as LNG or hydrogen. See where you can bunker in Port of Antwerp-Bruges here. 

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The Fleetcleaner Thunderbird 3 cleans a ship's hull.

Underwater cleaning

The hull of a ship and other underwater parts such as the propellers must be maintained regularly. Only recognised companies are allowed to carry out these underwater services. Here you will find out which companies offer these services.

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Order maritime services or other port services quickly and easily via ZEDIS of APICS
A VTS operator manages the traffic in the port.

Nautical chain

Pilots, towage services and traffic managers work closely together to guide your ship and cargo safely and smoothly into the port. Smooth communication and an efficient information flow are of crucial importance in order to avoid extra waiting times.

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Nautical draught and tides

Port of Antwerp-Bruges is vlot toegankelijk voor de grootste zeeschepen. Zowel Zeebrugge aan de Noordzee als Antwerpen aan de Schelde ontvangen schepen met nautische diepgangen van maximaal 16 meter.


Port of Antwerp-Bruges is easily accessible to the largest seagoing vessels. Both Zeebrugge on the North Sea and Antwerp on the Scheldt receive ships with nautical draughts of up to 16 meters.

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Litter and floating waste

Shipping agents and shipping companies are required by law to report ship-generated waste on board at every port call. In addition, at Port of Antwerp-Bruges we are also working a clean port ourselve and we use various means to remove and keeo floating waste from the water. Have you seen floating waste? Let us know.

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You can report floating waste using the reporting and info point of the port.

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