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

The port of Antwerp has signed an educational agreement with the minister of transport in Brazil to provide lessons in two maritime training institutes there. The classes will be led by experts from the Antwerp/Flanders Port Training Centre (Apec).

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

The port of Antwerp is Europe’s second-largest port and one of the world’s most important ports for container traffic.
Going green - The port’s first-ever sustainability report won it the Award for Best Belgian Sustainability Report.
Size - The port takes up more space than the actual city of Antwerp.
Roots - Historians have found evidence for the port’s existence dating back to the 12th century.

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companies in the greater port area


tonnes of freight handled in 2012