MISSION

The RBSA proactively looks after the common interests of all shipowners and ships’ managers established in Belgium and involved in international maritime transport by sea. The association plays a dynamic role in promoting the sector as attractive employer and gives its members operational support and clarification concerning fiscal, social, environmental and maritime legislation. For this purpose, the RBSA collaborates closely with all relevant national and international parties.

 

Welcome to the Royal Belgian Shipowners’ Association.

 

For over a 100 years our association has been at the service of the merchant navy. As the shipping industry operates worldwide, our activities have extended beyond Belgium, to the level of European and international organizations.

With a fleet totalling 9.5 million gross tonnes as of 1 January 2014, Belgium is one of the world’s twenty main shipping nations and a respected Member of the International Maritime Organization, where our country has a seat on the Council.  

In these ways we contribute to the development of worldwide shipping, the prime mover of world trade and therefore the engine of our prosperity. The importance of our sector has recently been clearly mapped by an Oxford Economics research paper entitled “The economic value of the EU shipping industry”, available on our download page.

Moreover ocean-going vessels are by far the most efficient and environment-friendly transport mode!

Nevertheless shipowners are determined to improve the energy efficiency of shipping as well as to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, sulphur, nitrates and fine dusts. Although the contribution made by our industry in this regard is unprecedented, our efforts are not always appreciated accordingly.

Crew welfare on board of our ships has always been one of our association’s main concerns. Jointly with our social partners we have spared no effort to assist the authorities in the ratification and implementation process of the Maritime Labour Convention, designed to create a level playing field worldwide with respect to terms and conditions of employment as well as living conditions on ocean-going vessels.

Finaly, some threats to our vessels and especially to our crews, including offshore piracy in Africa, require our and your attention.

 

The team of the Royal Belgian Shipowners’ Association is at your service. We wish you a useful browsing of our website.

 

 

 

 

Royal Belgian Shipowners' Association
Ernest Van Dijckkaai 8, B-2000 Antwerp / Belgium
Tel. : +32 3 232.72.32 - Fax : +32 3 231.39.97

E-mail : info@brv.be

 
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VISION

As Belgium’s maritime knowledge centre, the RBSA hopes to play a pioneering role in the continuing expansion and long-term growth of the sector of international maritime transport by sea. In its role of forward-looking opinion maker, the RBSA hopes to serve as the ideal discussion partner for all parties concerned.

 

 

 

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