The port of Antwerp-Bruges strengthens ties with India

In order to renew relations between the port of Antwerp-Bruges, Indian officials and the captains of industry from different economic sectors, a delegation led by Luc Arnouts – Vice-President for International Networks and Relations – visited Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.

The delegation, composed of high-level representatives from the Antwerp-Bruges Port Authority, APEC (Antwerp/Flanders Port Training Center), Port of Antwerp-Bruges International (consulting, management solutions, strategic investments and training) and NxtPort International (neutral data exchange platform).

The Port of Antwerp-Bruges has been active in India for a long time and has had a representative office in Mumbai since 2006.

National Logistics Policy

India is a major trading partner and exports from India to Europe via the port of Antwerp-Bruges include steel, project cargo, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, automotive components and engineered goods. The Indian government’s recent initiatives to boost the logistics sector and reduce logistics costs present a significant opportunity for the Port of Antwerp-Bruges. The port expects these important initiatives to grow this sector at an unprecedented pace.

chemicals and green hydrogen

After signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Indian Chemical Council in 2017, Luc Arnouts, Port of Antwerp-Bruges Vice President International Networks and Relations, is invited to speak at and attend the 16th Annual India Chemical Industry Outlook Conference & Exhibition CEO Round Table organized by ICC.

The port of Antwerp-Bruges, now one of the most important European ports for the import of natural gas, is considered a very interesting development by the National Hydrogen Mission of India. The port’s mission is to become one of the main ports for the import of green hydrogen to be used in industrial clusters in Europe.


Antwerpen/Flanders Port Training Center has been active in the training of port workers since 1977 and established a training center in the port of Mumbai in 2015 in cooperation with the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Authority. Several courses for Indian port workers and private companies are conducted each year. The topics range from Port Management, Port Logistics, Smart Ports, Health, Safely & Security, Environment and Quality, etc.

Port of Antwerp-Bruges International

In close cooperation with the training institute, private actors and other authorities in India, Port of Antwerp-Bruges International supports projects through the exchange of expertise. Cooperations exist among others with IITM (Indian Institute of Technologies Madras), Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port Kolkata and Haldia Dock Complex. The Maritime Indian Vision 2030-2047 offers additional opportunities to support ports in achieving their goals.

NxtPort International

NxtPort is a tech spin-out from the Port of Antwerp-Bruges that has been enabling resilient, sustainable and competitive port operations since 2016 through its next-generation neutral data exchange platform. Since 2021, NxtPort International has been offering its highly scalable platform to port communities worldwide and has established offices on 4 continents. Today over 3,000 public and private users connect to each other or to more than 50 apps and APIs.

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