Following the announcement of the Belgian government concerning adjusted measures in limiting the spread of the Covid 19 virus, the port authority of Zeebrugge has increased its efforts for keeping everyone at work in the port safe. Furthermore, the Port of Zeebrugge and partners at all levels have committed to keeping the port fully operational to safeguard our critical role as a maritime crossroads and logistics platform.
The port of Zeebrugge plays a crucial role in the supply chains (food, medicine, critical components) and energy supply. The activity in the port is as such a vital process.
Supporting the functioning of the port and as such also considered a vital process is the handling of ships. The nautical services, the terminals and the companies where ships load and unload are a part of this, and are thus also categorized as ‘vital’.
To what extent the diverse professional groups within these port companies are categorized as vital, is something for the companies to determine within their own structure. The proportionate measures for the protection and safety of these people are absolutely necessary.
As a port authority, we trust that every company in the port, each within its own domain, will lend a full cooperation for the maximum continuity of the critical port processes. As a port authority, we are of course also taking our responsibility.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone: port laborers, seamen, and all others involved in maintaining the flow of goods through our port, at a time when these people also wish to be close to their families. Their commitment and efforts are a great sign of the port community’s solidarity.
Rik Goetinck, CEO a.i. Port of Zeebrugge