Port of Antwerp to provide maritime training in Brazil
Maritime experts from Apec, the educational branch of the Antwerp port authority, will be travelling to Brazil to provide education and training to local port professionals
One of world’s longest coastlines
Last year, Apec opened its own training institute in Mumbai, which has been successful in improving port management and development within India’s port authorities. Brail hopes to see the same level of improvement in its own systems.
“Our training section Apec has proven and relevant experience in training harbour professionals,” said Marc Van Peel, Antwerp city councillor in charge of port interests. In addition, Antwerp is a key trading partner for Brazil. This agreement should further strengthen our co-operation.”
Brazil, with a coastline of nearly 7,500 kilometres, counts 45 ports and 131 private terminals. In 2015, 98.5% of the country’s exports were handled by the ports.
Keen to modernise its port systems, Brazilian authorities requested on-site trainings from Apec, which will take place in the states Sao Paulo and Alagoas. “We are well-known inside the Brazilian port sector,” said Kristof Waterschoot, managing director of Apec. “Some 660 maritime professionals from Brazil have attended a seminar or followed a training in Antwerp.”
Photo: The port of Santos in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo
Port of Antwerp
barges entering the port daily
companies in the greater port area
tonnes of freight handled in 2012