Brink’s lost 19 million in Brussels Airport heist
The raid on a diamond transport on the tarmac at Brussels Airport earlier this year has resulted in losses of 14.6 million euros for one of the transport’s operators, the security firm Brink’s.
On 18 February robbers drove through the perimeter fence at Brussels Airport in several delivery vans equipped with blue flashing lights and raided a plane operated by the company Swiss.
The raid took all of five minutes and the robbers got away with 120 parcels that mainly contained diamonds.
The Antwerp World Diamond Centre valued the gems at 50 million dollars. Brink’s was responsible for part of the transport and has now revealed that its total loss exposure stands at 19 million dollars.
Brink’s compensated all customers within 48 hours. In its quarterly results the company reports that it is co-operating with Belgian police who still have to bring the culprits to justice.
Belgian railways in the black
The NMBS Group, the organisation that runs and maintain Belgium’s rail network and rail services made an operational profit of 86.7 million euro in 2012.
It’s the first time in three years that NMBS Group has not ended the year in the red.
Despite the positive figures for 2012, the NMBS Groups total debt rose in 2012 by 725 million euro to 3.797 billion euro.
Gas cylinders removed from E34
All the gas cylinders blocking the E34 Antwerp-Knokke motorway in East Flanders have now been removed from the highway.
The cylinders ended up on the motorway on Thursday when the lorry that was transporting them was involved in a crash.
The highway was partially reopened last night.