Last week the lightship WEST-HINDER III got the certificate of heritage ! What is very important for the further operations and restoration activities. MPM is member of WEV -Watererfgoed Vlaanderen vzw that covers all Flanders

The certificate was given on Thursday May 20th at the old Antwerp Port drydocks near the new Antwerp Port House from Zaha Hadid. This site will be transformed in a visitors area with ancient ships, open air activities for children and young people. it will also be the starting point for port visits organised by “ Educational havencentrum Lillo” receiving about 50000 people every year !


from left to right Flemish Prime Minister Jan Jambon, the Mayor of Antwerp Bart De Wever and the Minister of Heritage Matthias Diependaele who honoured us with their presence showing the importance give to our activities All 3 photos  : Els Van Hoof (c)

left the Minister of Heritage Matthias Diependaele and  Luc Hofkens, the chairman of MPM maritime patrimonium

The lightship WEST HINDER III operated on the North Sea until 1994 (3 sisterships have been build) was built in 1950 atat Béliard-Crighton in Ostend with a length of 42.48 m, width 7.94 m and draft 3.20 m when operational 10 crewmembers stayed on board for 3 weeks. The actual restoration was done by volunteers and until now with private investors and sponsors ! as from march 2022 the ship will be ready to be visited by the public. It will be an attraction il 2022 in Antwerp (july 22 till july 25 th)




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