The ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge want to merge
The ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge have begun negotiations on a possible merger, they said Friday in a joint statement. Discussions on further collaboration had been underway for some time.
In the summer of 2018, a complementarity study was commissioned from the Deloitte and Laga consultancy offices. The conclusion was that the current collaboration between the two ports has little impact because of the current competition, is too limited in scope and has little commitment.
The port authorities of Antwerp and Zeebrugge have now given the green light for the start of negotiations "for the construction (phased) of a possible merger between the two ports," they say. The whole process should last two years.
"We have been talking for a while with the port of Antwerp to see how we can work together more closely to strengthen each port platform," said Dirk De Fauw, chairman of the board of the port of Zeebrugge. .
According to Antwerp County Councilor Annick De Ridder, a unified port can become, even more than today, the gateway to Europe. "According to the Deloitte survey, it is very clear that the two ports are to a very large extent complementary and that we face common challenges, and together Antwerp and Zeebrugge can become, more quickly and efficiently, the port of the future. persevering in new areas, namely energy transition, innovation and digitization. "