The ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge will merge and operate under the name ‘Port of Antwerp-Bruges’.
An agreement between the City of Antwerp and the City of Bruges marks the start of a unification process that is expected to take a year to finalise. The merged port will become the most important container port (157m tonnes/year), one of the largest break bulk ports and the largest port for the throughput of vehicles in Europe. It will account for more than 15% of Europe’s liquid natural gas transited and will remain Europe’s most important chemical hub. The unified port will have a total throughput of 278m tonnes per year.
Annick De Ridder, port alderman and chair of the board of directors of the Antwerp Port Authority: “We are proud of this historic agreement, which seals a long-awaited unification. By joining forces, we are on the way to becoming Europe’s global port, while at the same time reinforcing our position as the most important container port in terms of tonnage, a solid RoRo port and one of the largest break bulk ports in Europe.”
Dirk De fauw, mayor of Bruges and chair of Zeebrugge Port Authority: “We are looking forward to join forces with the port of Antwerp and, by doing so, to strengthen our position as the most important gateway to Europe. Zeebrugge is the world’s largest automotive hub, a leading RoRo port and an experienced, state-of-the-art natural gas hub. By combining our own strengths with the qualities offered by Antwerp, we will be able to do more and do it better.”