Ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge announce merger

In a major move, the ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge will be merged into a single port as per an agreement reached between the respective cities of Antwerp and Bruges. It is expected that this unification process will take over a period of one year to come to fulfilment. The merged ports will be operating as “Port of Antwerp-Bruges”

According to Annick De Ridder, port alderman and chairman of the Antwerp Port Authority, the merger will enable them to focus even more firmly on the transition towards a low-carbon economy and continue their efforts of digitizing the supply chain.

As part of a long-term plan, the authorities of both the ports have defined three strategic priorities for their merger – sustainable growth, resilience and leadership in the energy and digital transition. It is estimated that the new merged port will have a handling capacity of 157 million tonnes/year of container cargo. Moreover, it will continue to be a hub for breakbulk, vehicles cargo, natural gas, chemical cargo, and the cruise industry in Europe.

Learn more: Port of Antwerp Official News