The Belgian Port of Antwerp-Bruges and Japan’s Port of Nagoya have signed a renewed cooperation agreement.
The Port of Antwerp-Bruges is participating in the princely economic mission to Japan this week.
Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO of Port of Antwerp-Bruges, and Yuji Kamata, Executive Vice President of Port of Nagoya, signed a Sisterport/Partnership agreement on 7 December.
Dating back to 1988, this agreement is a perpetuation of a fruitful relationship between the two ports with its last renewal taking place in 2013.
Vice-mayor of the City of Antwerp and president of Port of Antwerp-Bruges, Annick De Ridder, said: “Japan plays a leading role in the automotive sector and the Port of Nagoya is Japan’s largest export port for cars.
“In turn, our Port of Antwerp-Bruges is the world’s largest Ro-Ro port and the most important European import port for cars. Intensive cooperation between these two ports is therefore economically very interesting.
“Both ports share the same great ambitions when it comes to energy transition. So the official ratification of the ‘sister port’ is a powerful signal for both the unified port and the Port of Nagoya and the economies they both serve,” she added.