Discover the Antwerp harbour with the Port Centre Lillo!
Are you wondering how big the Antwerp harbour is? How many ships call there each year? How many containers fit in a container yard or how deep the Berendrecht lock is? Then you've found the right place to get the answers at the Port Centre Lillo.
In 1988 the Province of Antwerp founded the educational 'Port Centre Lillo' that now has an international reputation as the visitor and information centre for the harbour. With a small permanent team and a large group of enthusiastic guides, the Port Centre welcomes 40,000 visitors in 1,500 groups each year. Their mission is to inform the public about the harbour as a driver for prosperity, to teach youths about this, to increase social traction, and where possible, to support businesses in the harbour.
This is what you'll find here
Schools, associations and companies can contact the Port Centre for a guided tour of the harbour area. Getting close up to the harbour and its ships, meeting its people and seeing the work that goes on in the harbour area is obviously the best way to learn about and to value the harbour. Coming face to face with the everyday life of the harbour is the unique experience that the Port Centre can offer.
In the Port Centre building visitors are provided with supplementary information about the world of the harbour. Alongside videos and guest speakers, this is done primarily by the interactive exhibition where you can actively discover additional aspects of the world of the harbour and of transport.
The Port Centre also disseminates its knowledge using various publications and software applications. For example, for each tour we provide a printed guide and we have various background reading packs for school groups, which vary by age group and type of student.
All this is logistically supported by the centre's accommodation. Thanks to our conference facilities, we are a crucial meeting point in the heart of the Antwerp harbour, where people can come together and where the harbour's business can be explained on a permanent basis.
Finally, the Port Centre is also an emergency shelter in case of accidents in the (chemical) industry within the harbour. The auditorium can be hermetically sealed so that visitors are safe. If necessary, the Port Centre can be used as a centre for disaster control by the provincial government and the emergency services.