All Belgian ports are suffering serious delays due to a general 24-hour strike. The ports of Ostend, Zeebrugge, Ghent and Antwerpen are all being affected by the nationwide strike with knock-on effects likely all week.
The Berendrecht and Zandvliet locks have been blocked by unions since Sunday evening. Three vessels are now stuck in the Berendrecht lock. Reportedly, the Royers, Van Cauwelaert and Kallo locks are back in operation. The Boudewijn lock remains unmanned.
There are less port tugs available and pilots are currenlty unable to board vessels.
As of 0600hrs today workers in the port of Zeebrugge have stopped all their activities. Ships are no longer loaded/discharged.
The Zelzate bridge has been partly raised preventing ships to enter the port of Ghent.