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12 November 2019 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 06:59 GMT+1



October 21, 2019

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The Harbour Authorities of Antwerp and Zeebrugge have started negotiations for a possible fusion

The union could be put into effect over two years

The Harbour Authorities of Antwerp and Zeebrugge have officially started negotiations for a possible fusion between the two agencies, negotiate that they will follow the encounters between the two authorities intensified from the beginning of this year with the objective to increase their cooperation that they have induced to under consideration commission to the society of advising Deloitte and legal Laga the drawing up of a study on the complementariness between the two ports.

The two Harbour Authorities have announced that the study has evidenced that the collaboration in course between the two ports Belgian has a insufficient effectiveness because of the existing competition between the two ports of call, to the limited capacity of the cooperation and to the insufficient profuse engagement in order to carry it ahead. The study of Deloitte emphasizes that, however, the two ports are absolutely complementary and share the same challenges regarding the markets and conclude that a cooperation of wide capacity would strengthen the activities of the two ports, would favor the occupation and would reinforce their role are in the region that to international level.

Moreover the relationship observes that a cooperation all-out would allow to better answer more quickly and to the future challenges which the variation of the dimensions of scale, the energetic transition, the innovation and the digitalisation. The study finds also that the customers of both the harbour ports of call see positively a cooperation of wide capacity between the two ports.

The study concludes that such cooperation will produce advantages for both ports only if centralized on an integration deepened between the two Harbour Authorities.

These last ones have received with favor the conclusions of the investigation and have decided to formally start negotiations in sight of possible a gradual fusion, process that the two agencies consider can be concluded over two years.

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