A port never sleeps. Activity goes on, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The port authority (MBZ) is providing a permanent service in order to guarantee operation at all times. The MBZ employs approximately 145 staff members, divided among several specialised departments and offices. They carry out the instructions decided by the Board of Directors. In the company’s articles of association it was recorded that the mayor of the city of Bruges also fills the chairmanship of the port authority. This also confirms the historic interrelation between the city and the port.