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Antwerp-Bruges Port Authority

[Flag of Antwerp-Bruges Port Authority]

Flag of Antwerp-Bruges Port Authority - Image by Olivier Touzeau , 7 May 2023

In 2018, the City of Antwerp and the City of Bruges initiated discussions for the integration of their respective ports (Antwerp and Zeebrugge), which came into effect on 22 April 2022 as a common structure managed by Port of Antwerp-Bruges.
The new logo is identical to that of Port of Antwerp, with "Bruges" added beneath "Antwerp".

Ivan Sache, 15 May 2022

A red flag with the new logo in white is in use (photo, photo).

Olivier Touzeau, 07 May 2023

Former Antwerp Port Authority

[Flag of Antwerp Port Authority]       [Flag of Antwerp Port Authority]       [Flag of Antwerp Port Authority]

Flag of Antwerp Port Authority - Images by Ivan Sache, 15 May 2022

The port of Antwerp, established at the upper end of the tidal estuary of the Scheldt, is Europa's second-largest seaport, after Rotterdam. Fully owned by the City of Antwerp, it is managed by a port authority also called Port of Antwerp.

The flag of Port of Antwerp is white with the logo of the authority (photo). The flag is also used with a the logo in white on a red background (photo, logo centered; photo, logo shifted to the top of the flag).

The logo of Port of Antwerp, originally designed in 1975 by Jey Janssen, was re-designed in 2018 by Davy Dooms and Eric Leurquin, from BBDO Designs.
"By applying more rounded forms, removing the “A” but keeping the overall composition of forms, BBDO Design have managed to simplify and streamline this, making it more dynamic and usable across 21st century contexts. Designed in November 2018, this new logo was officially launched to the general public in January 2019 and was part of a wider brand strategy and visual identity programme."

Source : Corporate website of BP&O Plus agency

Ivan Sache, 15 May 2022

[Flag of Antwerp Port Authority]

Previous flag of Antwerp Port Authority - Image by Ivan Sache, 15 May 2022

The former flag was white with the former logo (photo).

Ivan Sache, 15 May 2022

Part of Antwerp

[Flag of Part of Antwerp]

Flag of Part of Antwerp - Image by Ivan Sache , 15 May 2022

Part of Antwerp (PoA) is an online and offline community that brings port and city closer together.

We do this on the basis of a series of experiences that highlight the maritime character of the Eilandje as a bridging area. In addition to a series of events, we closely follow the ins and outs of what goes on between port and city.
Part of Antwerp is an initiative of the non-profit organization Part of Antwerp, with the support of Port of Antwerp, the City of Antwerp and many other partners. It is an initiative by Antwerp residents, for Antwerp residents. Everyone is welcome!

Source: Part of Antwerp website

The flag of Part of Antwerp is white with community's logo (photo).

Ivan Sache, 15 May 2022

Brussels Port Authority

[Flag of Brussels Port Authority]

Flag of Brussels Port Authority - Image by Ivan Sache, 4 January 2007

Brussels is Belgium's second largest inland port; transport on the river Zenne/Senne was first documented almost a thousand years ago. Founded in 1993, the port authority is a public body dependent on the Region of Brussels-Capital (its predecessor was founded in 1896). Quoting the Port Authority website:

Thanks to its exceptional accessibility, as an inland port, the Port of Brussels has been given the status of a sea port. This means that it is accessible round the clock, 365 days per year for both river and maritime traffic up to 4,500 tons (convoys up to 9,000 tons after completion of modernisation of the canal in Flanders); the new Wintam maritime lock links the sea canal to the river Scheldt.
The flag of the Brussels Port Authority, as seen there on land and on one service boat, is white with the logotype spread out over the centre, taking up one third of flag height. This logotype consists of the yellow iris of Brussels, fimbriated white, on a dark blue square accompanied to its right by words in dark blue Port de Bruxelles / Haven van Brussel, separated by a light blue stripe which is straight, wavy, and straight again.

Jan Mertens, 4 January 2007

Liège Port Authority

The Liège Port Authority (port autonome de Liège) was founded in 1937 and is responsible for infrastructure, permits, equipment, and waterway traffic control. Local authorities, in the first place the municipality of Liège, and the Walloon Region are represented on the governing council.
The port has all kinds of necessary equipment, docks, warehouses, road and rail connections, yachting berths, etc. Liège, on the river Meuse, is connected to Antwerp and the sea via the Albert Canal and to Rotterdam, and the sea, again via the Juliana Canal. Other canals, mostly smaller ones, connect Liège with French waterways.
Liège is the third most important inland harbour in Europe. The future beckons in the form of Liège TRIlogiPORT, an intermodal logistics area under construction.

Source: Port Authority website

Photographies on the Brussels Port Authority website show the flag of the Liège Port Authority as a white flag with (probably) the port logotype and the name "port autonome de liège" in a special font, lower case, the word "autonome" in light blue whereas the other words and the logotype are rendered in a darker blue. The logotype is made of an incomplete circle surrounding an upright figure symbolizing the famous Liège perron, the symbol of freedom, and three waves.

Jan Mertens, 9 February 2007