About APZI

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What is APZI?

APZI (Association Port of Zeebrugge Interests) is a private sector association in the Port of Zeebrugge. This association was founded in 1973 and has the legal form of a non-profit organization (vzw). In the port community, APZI fulfils a double task: the representation of the Zeebrugge private sector and the promotion of the port.

Some 160 companies in the Port of Zeebrugge are affiliated to APZI: stevedores, shipping companies and shipping agents, forwarding agents, transport companies (road, rail and inland navigation) and companies engaged in port activities (trade, industry and services). APZI acts as the representative and mouthpiece of the Port of Zeebrugge private sector.


APZI has two principal tasks: the promotion of the port and the representation of the Zeebrugge private sector.


The promotion of the Port of Zeebrugge, both nationally and internationally, is an essential undertaking of APZI. With this we desire to effectuate a positive climate around the Port of Zeebrugge activities so that the opportunities and prosperity of our port are known worldwide and being fully realised.

In order to fulfil this objective, APZI organises, amongst other things, open harbour days in the hinterland of Europe and the participation in international trade exhibitions and foreign missions. The provision of information occurs, among other things, through the publication "Port of Zeebrugge News".

The Port Authority of Zeebrugge also plays an important role in the promotion of the port. APZI accordingly works in close co-operation with the Port Authority in order to realise the port promotion in an as efficient a manner as possible.


The representation encompasses all the standpoints and actions which serve the common interests of the Port of Zeebrugge private sector.

APZI represents the Port of Zeebrugge private sector in the agencies and organisations and where the interests of the port activities play a central role.
APZI is therefore also affiliated to the Vlaamse Havenvereniging (VHV) (Flemish Ports Association), the Vlaamse Havencommissie (VHC) (Flemish Ports Committee) and all kinds of maritime organisations.

At the level of the Flemish Ports Association, the private sector is unified from the four Flemish ports with a view to embracing joint standpoints.


Office hours

The offices of APZI are open on weekdays (excepting public holidays)

from 09.00 hrs to 12.00 hours and
from 14.00 hrs to 17.00 hrs.

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Alfapass (Port Access ID-card)

Alfapass is an electronic identity card on which personal and company data is stored, as well as a visual (photograph) and biometric (hand-scan) data.

Alfapass was developed by Alfapass cvba in order to facilitate the access control of persons to terminals and port facilities, required within the scope of the ISPS-code (International Ship and Port Facility Security Code). The Alfapass-card does not extend an automatic right to accessing the port terminals and facilities (this access is required to be granted by the owner/ operator), the card simplifies and considerably quickens the procedure that is required to be followed.

In Zeebrugge, the Alfapass is issued by APZI (by appointment). The application for a pass is always required to be submitted in advance by the company for its personnel and this via the Internet site of Alfapass (www.alfapass.be). After having completed the formalities on this Website and after requisite payment, the applicant will receive a notification that the respective employee can collect his/ her Alfapass-card from APZI. The employee is required to come in person and tender his/ her proof of identity (ID-card or passport).

Road transport documents

Transport en Logistiek Vlaanderen (Beroepsorganisatie Vlaamse transporteurs en logistieke dienstverleners) (The Royal Professional Organisation of Road Haulers and Logistics Service Providers) has an office for the sale of road transport documents at APZI.

The following documents may be obtained direct from APZI:

  • CMR (4 copies) (Consignment Note - Treaty of the Agreement on the International Transport of Goods by Road)
  • CMRs – as pin-feed paper
  • CMR Laser
  • Pads -50 km
  • Performance Sheets

Magazine: subscription

Port of Zeebrugge News
Appears 4 times per year, in English
Yearly subscription: € 11.50
To be remitted to bank account number 380-0325150-77 quoting "ZN and the name and postal address of the addressee"

Port employee transportation 'De Havenbus'

The port bus brings employees to the company in the port of Zeebrugge where they work.

Transportation is possible from the city centre of Bruges, Blankenberge, Knokke-Heist or Ostend.

Reservations are made by the employer.


APZI has the structure of an umbrella organisation, which allows for a balance between all those involved in the port sectors to be assured.

The association is managed by an Executive Committee which is comprised of 18 members. The Executive Committee is such composed, that each interested party in the economic sector within the port is duly represented. This is ensured via the own professional organisation of cargo handling operators, shipping companies and shipping agents, forwarding agents, road and rail freight forwarders and the port-associated trade, services and industry.

Within the Executive Committee, a Management Committee is charged with the daily management of the association. In the composition of this, there are also specific balancings taken into consideration.