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Final Antwerp

Final Antwerp

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01/15/2011

 
Port of Antwerp
INTRODUCTION
The Scheldt river owes its existence to God, and Antwerp owes its existence to theScheldt river' is a popular saying that shows how important the river Scheldt is for the cityof Antwerp. Thanks to this waterway Antwerp has become the second-largest harbor inEurope (after Rotterdam), and the fourth largest harbor in the world. Although the open North Sea is about 60 km away from Antwerp, the river is so large that sea-going vesselsand large oil tankers can sail to deliver their products in the vast port area of the city.Until the 19th century, the harbor was situated right at the entrance of the city, alongsidethe riverbanks where now the 'Steen' -castle stands. The port was enlarged in the 19thcentury with an artificial dock, the so-called Napoleon Dock. During the Frenchoccupation of Belgium, Napoleon wanted to turn the Antwerp Harbor into a military port,from where he could attack England in case of war.The new harbor is situated further north of the city, between Antwerp and the border withHolland. The importance of the Harbor in the Second World War (for bringing in alliedmilitary equipment) brought with it that Antwerp was severely hit by V1 and V2 rocket bombs, sent by the Nazis in the last years of the war to handicap the Allied troops by bombing one of the most important harbors.Since the 1950's the use of containers has grown steadily. Antwerp is now the eight largestcontainer ports in the world. A guided visit of the harbor can show how omnipresent themetal boxes have become. Antwerp Port Authority Selects IBM's Maximo AssetManagement Software to Manage and Maintain Port Assets. MRO Software, an
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company (NYSE: IBM), in 2006 announced that the Antwerp Port Authority has chosenIBM's Maximo asset management software to manage its operating assets in the port of Antwerp. The Maximo solution is part of the portfolio of solutions from MRO Software,which
 acquired in October 2006, and is now part of IBM's Tivoli software unit.Maximo will support the organization in the overall maintenance and technicalmanagement of all operating assets, including tugs and dredgers, cranes, buildings, bridges, locks, docks, roads and the electricity distribution network. More than 7501
 
Port of Antwerpemployees will eventually have access to the solution, which will support all MaintenanceManagement processes. The solution covers work order and data management, planning, budgeting, reporting, performance tracking, internal and external outsourcing, purchasing,and stock management. Some adjacent processes will also be handled by Maximo, such asthe monitoring of construction and renovation projects, and recording of certain operatingdata and all purchase orders.The chosen package forms part of an improvement project recently launched by theAntwerp Port Authority called the "Integrated Maintenance System." This is intended toimprove the quality and efficiency of the management and maintenance of operatingassets. Maintaining these assets costs around 25 million Euros per year and involves some600 people.
Antwerp Port Authority
The port is administered by an autonomous municipal body with a separate corporateidentity, called Antwerp Port Authority.It owns the docks and the sites used by port operators and industries on the Right Bank,and also some of the port’s equipment. Moreover, the Antwerp Port Authority isresponsible for the management of the port on the Left Bank, thus ensuring theapplication of uniform policies on both sides of the river. General land development andindustrialization on the Left Bank is in the hands of an inter municipal corporation.The Antwerp Port Authority has a workforce of 1,800. It owns and manages docks, berths,locks and bridges. It is responsible for planning, modernizing and maintaining theinfrastructure of the port, and for operating its own equipment, including floating cranes,shore cranes, tugs and dredgers. The Antwerp Port Authority leases sites and land, anddistributes electricity in the port.
Documentation Centre
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Port of AntwerpThe Antwerp Port Authority disposes of a comprehensive and up-to-date DocumentationCentre participating in several networks allowing partners to consult each other’scatalogues:ANET presents links with the Antwerp University Libraries (UFSIA, UIA, and RUCA),the Stadsbibliotheek, the libraries of the Lessius Hogeschool Antwerpen, the LimburgsUniversitair Centrum and with the Plantin Moretus Museum.IMPALA interconnects more than 600 libraries.The Documentation Centre is open to the public by appointment. The Antwerp PortAuthority has a workforce of around 1,600 spread over some 60 centers and operates on both the left and right banks of the River Schelde. It part-owns and manages docks, berths, warehouses and official buildings, roads, yards, locks and bridges. It is responsiblefor planning, modernizing and maintaining the infrastructure of the port, and for operatingits own equipment, including floating cranes, shore cranes, tugs and dredgers. It alsoleases land and warehouses, distributes electricity within the port and of course collectsharbor dues.
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