Directeur Général Adjoint
PORT DE BRUXELLES
Born on 2 January 1961, married and father of three, Philippe Matthis is a law and public and international affairs graduate. He was a lawyer from 1987 to 1993, before being named commercial director of the Port of Brussels when the company was created in 1993. He has been deputy director general since 2009. Since June 2010, he also sits on the board of AIVP, the world network of port cities, of which he is also the secretary.
He is also founder and chairman of an association organizing the transport of humanitarian aid to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
He has a passion for biking and has, to this day, organized around twenty raids in Europe and Africa.
In Brussels as in many port cities, synergies between urban planning authorities and port authority are being galvanized around common projects. The Port of Brussels has initiated an urban ro-ro terminal for second-hand cars, in cooperation with many local stakeholders.
The project aims to relocate second hand car dealers from their current location - a heavily urbanised central area - to a site built for this activity in the outer-port. The companies that would be relocated are mainly active in the commerce of used cars from Brussels to West Africa and the Middle East.
This project should allow a modal shift for the transportation of cars from the road to the waterway, resulting in an important environmental gain as the current traffic represents around 100 lorries a day. It would also allow for an urban redeployment and renovation for the area vacated by these companies.
A consultation body has been created around the regional authority and the Port to coordinate the actions of all those involved in the project: representative of the second-hand car sector, municipal and regional authorities, urban planning authorities and public operators.
The Port of Brussels has a leading role in the project by the acquisition of a new plot of land where the different functions of the terminal will be located: storage facilities, commercial and administrative areas, and other services (hotels, restaurants, etc.) This approach aims to create on the site a mix of functions answering the needs of professionals but which also takes into account the political will of Brussels Region to integrate the port into the city, in conformity with the Canal Plan initiated by the regional government.
The Port, with the help of its logistics expert, is also looking for solution that would be economically viable for the transport of cars by waterway. Several proposals are currently being studied (type of boat, transhipment solution, etc.) which will have to be validated by the future terminal operator once it has been chosen following a public consultation. This terminal could be completed by 2017.
This relocation will allow for a global renovation of the vacated areas, which will involve the current owners and local and regional public authorities, which could create diversified housing, equipment and an urban renewal in these areas.