Corona: nautical task force to secure supply via harbors
Flemish Minister of Mobility, Lydia Peeters (Open Vld), has asked the Agency for Maritime Services and Coast (Agentschap Maritieme Dienstverlening en Kust, AMDK) to summon a task force. This ‘Task Force Nautical Chain’, as the new working team is called, has to safeguard the supply chain of all Flemish harbors. It has to make sure that shipping traffic to and from the Flemish ports remains fluent, also during the corona crisis.
Food and medical materials
The Task Force Nautical Chain will be a consultative body of all Flemish harbors and all other partners of the nautical chain. As of Wednesday, they will consult every week via conference call. The AMDK will coordinate and organize to make sure that all ports share information and tune possible measures. This way, potential obstacles can be mapped and eliminated.
“All Flemish harbors have to stay operational,” says Minister Peeters. “It’s not enough to take measures for one specific nautical partner. Consult, and close cooperation will be crucial to guarantee the supply of food and medical materials.”
Almost one-third of the Flemish import and export depends on the harbors. “The nautical chain is the artery of the economy. So, in times of crisis, protecting the functioning of the entire chain is vital,” the Minister concludes.