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Belgium is Achilles' heel for carriers after OW collapse

Belgium has cracked down hard on carriers and arrested more than 100 vessels after the collapse of OW Bunker, as a result of the country's special rules. Now Belgium's judges are going up against the longstanding practice in the country, which has earned the nickname "arrest haven".

Photo: Andreas Vallbracgt-Prachtvoll/Jyllands-Posten

As a carrier it is hard to avoid Belgium, which with the Port of Antwerp ranks in the top three among the largest European ports and is considered by many to be one of the main gateways in and out of Europe.

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