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Port of Antwerp-Bruges Continues Cleanup Efforts at Deurganckdok

Port of Antwerp-Bruges remains committed to the cleanup operation at Deurganckdok following the oil spill incident. With a dedicated focus on restoring the area’s environmental integrity, the port authorities have deployed all available resources to tackle the contamination effectively.

Currently, a fleet of 10 work vessels, supported by 3 diving teams and an additional tugboat, is tirelessly engaged in clearing contaminated ships, sections of the quay wall, and the surrounding water bodies. The Civil Protection agency is providing crucial logistical assistance while aiding in situational awareness through drone surveillance.

Since Thursday, a total of 7 ocean-going vessels and 3 inland ships have been cleaned and cleared for operation. Additionally, three clean vessels have docked at the port since the onset of the incident. The resumption of lightering operations is underway in a phased manner, ensuring minimal disruption to the ongoing cleanup efforts. However, a selective navigation ban remains in place, with port authorities continually assessing the feasibility of vessel movements on a case-by-case basis.

Terminals within the port complex remain operational, albeit with significant disruptions still being experienced. Despite today’s less favorable weather conditions characterized by increased wind and rain, safety remains paramount. Continuous monitoring of the situation underscores the port’s unwavering commitment to safeguarding both the environment and the personnel involved in the cleanup operation.

This proactive approach underscores Port of Antwerp-Bruges’ steadfast dedication to environmental stewardship and underscores its resilience in overcoming challenges to ensure the smooth functioning of maritime operations.

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