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Thursday, October 04, 2018

Port of Zeebrugge, Belgium - Filipino Seaman Crew Change Guide & Port Information

Port of Zeebrugge, Belgium
Photo Source: Zeebrugge Website
The Port of Zeebrugge (also referred to as the Port of Bruges-Zeebrugge or Bruges Seaport) is a large container, bulk cargo, new vehicles and passenger ferry terminal port in the municipality of Bruges, Flanders, Belgium, handling over 50 million tonnes of cargo annually.

The Port of Zeebrugge is part of the City of Bruges. The connection to the sea  is a thread in the rich history of the city. Zeebrugge is a world port where cargo is shipped to and from all continents. The port of Zeebrugge employs more than 10,000 people and welcomes approximately 8,000 vessels every year.

Port Name      :  Zeebrugge
Country          :  Belgium
Website          :

Nearest Airport (International)   :  Brussels Airport

Estimated time of travel from airport to seaport: +/- 1.5 hrs from port to airport

Possible Flight Route: Sample Only

EY  423  MNL/AUH   1750/2315
EY  057  AUH/BRU   0230/0705

EY   58  BRU/AUH   1005/1945
EY  424  AUH/MNL   0305/1525

Visa Requirement for Filipino Seaman / Seafarer - Joining Crew:  Belgium Transit Visa (Schengen Visa)
Agent need to issue Letter of Invitation (LOI) addressed to Consulate General of Belgium in Manila

Visa will be processed by: Belgium Visa Centre in Manila

Visa Requirement for Filipino Seaman / Seafarer - OFF-signing / Repatriating Crew: Can be arranged by agent in Belgium

Usual Requirements for Exit Schengen Visa are as follows:

  • copy of passport
  • copy of SB
  • copy of SB with clear date & stamp of last embarkation
  • copy of contract
  • port call list
  • completely filled in application form (attachement)
  • copy of old visa
  • Schengen Visa Application Form

You can download the Free Schengen Visa Application Form here: CLICK to Download Schengen Visa Application Form 

Below is SAMPLE Letter of Invitation (LOI):

IMPORTANT NOTE: Re-check ENTRY validity of issued Schengen Transit Visa. Seaman will not be allowed to board the flight if arrival at Schengen Country is before the Entry Validity.

Sample Belgium Transit Visa (Schengen Visa) with Entry Validity Date

Possible Crew Handling Agent:
Kennedy Hunter N.V.
Jozef Verschaveweg 115, 8380 ZEEBRUGGE
TEL : +32/(050)34.83.30
FAX : +32/(050) 34.83.68. 
E-mail :

NOTE: The purpose of this post is for immediate information only when conducting crew change or replacement of Filipino crew / seaman at Zeebrugge, Belgium. This is also for guidance of crewing officers, crewing manager & crew operation staff, especially for ship manning agent in the Philippines.   

Above information is based on collected data only. Please send inquiry to your crew handling agent for further updates. Please also share your updated information on the comments section.

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