Zeebrugge “working hard” to maintain service

The port authority of Zeebrugge organized a taskforce meeting last week to discuss and evaluate the Covid-19 situation in the port and to evaluate the impact on the port’s operations and the challenges the port was facing in the midst of this global crisis, the authority said.

Taskforce Corona Zeebrugge meets weekly and is attended by several partners in Zeebrugge such as APZI-Voka West Flanders, pilotage, Boluda Towage Europe, CEWEZ (port labour), Traffic Centre Zeebrugge, and the Shipping Association Bruges-Zeebrugge.

Prior to the meeting, a team of the port authority’s commercial department and the Association of Port of Zeebrugge Interests reaches out to companies in Zeebrugge (e.g., terminals, liners, logistic companies, production companies) and asks them about their current situation and concerns.

Rik Goetinck, CEO a.i. Port of Zeebrugge, said that “today we were able to conclude that the port of Zeebrugge is still in operation at all levels. We are of course experiencing some slowdowns and the port is not as operational as it would be in a ‘normal’ situation, but everyone is working hard to stay in business and that is our main concern at this time”.