Both Antwerp and Zeebrugge have a harbour master. The harbour masters, or port commanders, together with their teams, are responsible for the practical operation of the port and taking measures to ensure public order and safety in the port area.

Besides international and national rules, both Antwerp and Zeebrugge have a set of local rules which are laid down by the harbour master in the port regulations.

 

For example, the Harbour Master's Office (Harbour Safety & Security) is responsible for:

 

  • organising the handling and storage of goods
  • organising the accessibility of the port area
  • safeguarding the environment, integrity and safety of the port area.
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In Antwerp

Enforcement and powers Harbour master's office

For all communications regarding the enforcement and powers of the Harbour Master's Office and the detention of ships, please contact harbourmastersoffice@portofantwerpbruges.com.

Incidents and emergencies

Incidents or emergencies must first be reported by telephone at +32 3 229 67 33 or via VHF channel 63. Information exchange regarding planned exercises goes via the Harbour Master's Office. If you have any questions, please contact pas@portofantwerpbruges.com.

 

The point of contact for non-urgent communication for companies and authorities regarding Incident Management is incidentencoordinator@portofantwerpbruges.com.

Drones, helicopters and Geozone

For all questions regarding the very low air layers above the port (EBR54) such as questions about drones, helicopters and Geozone, please contact geozone@portofantwerpbruges.com.

Security in the port

For any questions about security in the Port of Antwerp, please mail portsecurity@portofantwerpbruges.com. This includes:

 

  • Information-exchange by the Port Facility Security Officers with the Local Committee for Maritime Security, including mandatory reports of ISPS exercises, changes to procedures and contacts, etc.
  • Reports of structural changes to company perimeters and access points or the layout of the site, in order to maintain an up-to-date overview of the approaches and access routes for the emergency services.
  • Questions about the Neighbourhood Information Network or BE-Alert in the port (NIN/BE-Alert Haven) and reports of changes in contact details.
  • Units from the Ministry of Defence can submit questions according to GNZ protocols for organising training with affiliated terminals in the port.

Storage and transport of dangerous goods

All questions regarding the application of regulations for handling, storing and transporting (dangerous) goods in the port can be addressed to the Harbour Safety & Security service.

 

Questions on exceptions to the Port Police Regulations (PPR) regarding the handling and storage of goods as set out in the PPR and Port Instructions (PI) can be also addressed here: portsafety@portofantwerpbruges.com.

 

As a new user of APICS, if you have any technical questions about messaging with regard to reports of dangerous goods, please contact dgn.apics2@portofantwerpbruges.com. New user requests take place via C-point or the CASD desk.

Communication procedure

Dit document beschrijft de VHF-communicatieprocedures die gebruikt moeten worden tussen
het VTS-center en de verkeersdeelnemers. Dutch only.

VHF communication procedures

10/5/2022
Dit document beschrijft de VHF-communicatieprocedures die gebruikt moeten worden tussen het VTS-center en de verkeersdeelnemers. Dutch only.
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Marine radio communications

Overview of the VTS sectors for seagoing vessels in the Antwerp port area as of 20 April 2022.

Marine radio communications for sea going vessels

19/4/2022
Overview of the VTS sectors for seagoing vessels in the Antwerp port area as of 20 April 2022.
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Overview of the VTS sectors for inland vessels in the Antwerp port area as of 20 April 2022.

Marine radio communications for inland vessels

19/4/2022
Overview of the VTS sectors for inland vessels in the Antwerp port area as of 20 April 2022.
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Overview of the VTS sectors for yachting in the Antwerp port area as of 20 April 2022.

Marine radio communications for yachting

19/4/2022
Overview of the VTS sectors for yachting in the Antwerp port area as of 20 April 2022.
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In Zeebrugge

Enforcement and powers Harbour master's office

All communications and general questions regarding the enforcement and powers of the Harbour Master's Office and the detention of ships can be addressed to hkd@portofantwerpbruges.com.

Incidents and emergencies

Incidents or emergencies must first be reported by telephone:

 

Drones, helicopters and Geozone

All your questions about the very low air layers above the port such as drones, helicopters and Geozone conditions can be found on Zedis.

Contact our experts

P
Paul Wauters

Harbour Safety & Security Manager

P
Peter Degroote

Head of Nautical Department

Y
Yves Le Clef

Harbourmaster

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