Visit of the 4 Flemish maritime ports
A delegation of the Port Authority of Thailand (PAT) visited Flanders and its four maritime ports (Antwerp, North Sea Port, Zeebrugge and Oostend) from the 24th until the 30th of August. The Department of Mobility and Public Works of the Flemish government cooperated with the Department of Environment and FITA to elaborate a specific tailor-made programme for the delegation. During the visits each port presented their activities and performance, as well as the initiatives concerning sustainability and greening. Furthermore the ports guided the delegation through the port areas with focus on green and sustainable aspects as well. In Zeebrugge for example the Fluxys LNG Terminal was visited. In Oostend Hydroville was presented and a visit to Greenbridge followed.
Last but not least the participants visited the European federations ESPO and EFIP who presented their activities, priorities and involvement in representing the European maritime and inland waterway ports.
Memorandum of Understanding since 1992
The visit of the Thai delegation is in line with the good cooperation between Flanders and the Port Authority of Thailand (PAT). This was initiated on 23th of November 1992 through the signing of a memorandum of understanding. The implementation and content of this cooperation is described and updated in the Letter of Intent (2017-2019). The Letter of Intent is available online.
The cooperation focuses on sharing of knowledge and best practices between Flanders and Thailand (for example through seminars and traineeships), promoting the ports and assisiting Flemish companies and organisations in setting up further cooperations in Thailand. By the end of the year the LOI will be renewed for the coming years.