What is it?
With APICS, all the coordinating departments and services have correct, up-to-date information for handling the flow of seagoing ships and barge traffic.
Furthermore, APICS enables various activities and services to be planned, such as:
- Berthing requests
- Mooring and unmooring
How does it work?
Via APICS the port of Antwerp is connected to various external, public and private partners. Thanks to direct linkage between the Central Broker System (CBS) and the port's own operational systems, only one application is needed for uniform communication. This ensures transparency of information and promotes a rapid and up-to-date flow of information.
The application uses the latest technology to coordinate the bridge and lock scheduling with the schedules of the various service providers (pilots, tug operators, boatmen, waste collectors etc.).
Who is it for?
Ship's agents and forwarders, pilotage and tugging companies, shipping police and customs, port dues officials, and other logistics players in the supply chain all make intensive use of the APICS desk. This is the external section of APICS.
In addition, APICS has become the main tool for shipping traffic controllers, lock operators, dockmasters and port state control, harbourmasters and dangerous goods operatives.
Notification of dangerous goods
Used to notify the Harbourmaster's Office of the position of dangerous goods. This must be done at least 24 hours in advance.
Used to send an ISPS Declaration electronically to the authorities concerned when sending ships to an EU port.
Ship's waste declaration
Used by the shipping company or ship's agent to make a detailed declaration to the Harbourmaster's Office of any ship's waste on board that has to be disposed of, such as waste oil, cardboard, empty bottles etc. The declaration must be made 24 hours before arrival.
Berth reservation (seagoing ship)
Used obligatorily by the ship's agent or shipping company, to inform the Harbourmaster's Office of the preferred berth.
Order for pilot, tug or mooring services
Used to inform the Harbourmaster's Office quickly and easily of any additional services that a ship will need, before it enters the port.
Consult IMDG register
The IMDG register is a database of dangerous goods, used to verify dangerous goods declarations.
The Port Authority enables terminal and barge operators to consult the position of barges in the Barge Traffic System web application.
Notification of arrival (seagoing ship)
Used by the Port Authority to notify the Customs authorities, via APICS, when a seagoing ship bound for Antwerp actually moors at the berth.
Notification of arrival/departure of dangerous goods
Used by the terminal operator to obligatorily notify the Harbourmaster's Office of the arrival or departure of dangerous goods at a container terminal.
Used by all EU countries plus Norway and Iceland to send and receive maritime information.
Notification of exit (seagoing ship)
Used by the Port Authority to inform the Customs authorities, via APICS, when a seagoing ship unmoors from its berth and leaves the port via the lock.
Prenotification (seagoing ship)
Used by the shipping company or ship's agent, to provide the Harbourmaster's Office with advance information on a seagoing ship that is due to enter or leave the port.
Deurganck dock gets smart
With an annual freight volume of nearly 9 million TEU the Deurganck dock is by far the main centre of container handling in the port of Antwerp. But this tidal dock on the left bank of the Scheldt is also well on the way to becoming a hotspot for innovation. Thanks to a “smart quay” and an automatic sounding boat, shipping operations and berth maintenance in Antwerp’s largest dock will become a good deal more efficient.