The Harbour Master of Amsterdam announces the following
Combination carriers are known to berth at the port of Amsterdam. Combination carriers are ships intended for the carriage of both liquid and dry cargoes in bulk, but these cargoes are not carried simultaneously. There are also seagoing tankers that sometimes wish to berth outside an oil port area. Special regulations apply to both these types of ships. One such regulation is that for both types of ships the Declaration Form Marine Chemist applies.
If a combination carrier carries liquid cargo in bulk, it is considered to be a tanker and has to comply with the regulations applicable to tankers. This means that they must berth in an oil port area. If a combination carrier carries dry cargo in bulk, it is considered to be a dry cargo ship, bearing in mind, however, that the combination carrier may still have residues of liquid cargo or cargo vapours on board. Consequently, these ships may not automatically berth outside an oil port area and must comply with special regulations. One such regulation is that Declaration Form Marine Chemist must be issued by a gas expert, showing that the combination carrier meets the requirements set out in the Port Regulations for the North Sea Canal Area 2012.
A tanker that is or was loaded with liquid hazardous substances in bulk should in principle berth in the oil port area. Under certain conditions, however, these ships may berth outside the oil port area. One such condition is that a Gas Expert Declaration must be issued by a gas expert, showing that the tanker meets the requirements set out in the Port Regulations for the North Sea Canal Area 2012.
Specific information must be reported to the Harbour Master so that can be determined whether the combination carrier or the tanker can safely berth in the port of Amsterdam. To ensure that sufficient and correct information will be reported to the Harbour Master, the Harbour Master of Amsterdam has adopted the DECLARATION FORM MARINE CHEMIST.
The current applicable Decree can be requested from the Harbour Master or can be found via the following link on the website of Port of Amsterdam: https://www.portofamsterdam.com/en/shipping/baors-and-other-decrees-north-sea-canal-area
The link to the Decree and the accompanying Form (Decree RHN 2019 29 – “Decree adopting the Gas Expert Declaration Form”, including the accompanying Form) can be found here.
The Harbour Master of Amsterdam
M.F. van de Kerkhof