The Director of the Public Body Central Nautical Management, who is also the State Harbour Master, announces the following:
Being given mandate on the basis of Mandate Order No. RWS-2013/15400/NW136582, dated 19 March 2013, the Director of the Central Nautical Management North Sea Canal Area, on behalf of the Director-General for Public Works and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat), may grant permits for special transports.
The Director of the Public Body Central Nautical Management uses guidelines for the granting of permits for special transports. These guidelines, against which permit applications for special transports are checked, are given below.
Guidelines for Special Transports
- Current legislation and regulations are the guiding principle for these guidelines;
- All tows subject to compulsory pilotage in the CNB area are regarded as special transports;
- All pushed convoys subject to compulsory pilotage with a tug secured to it, irrespective of whether this tug is pulling or pushing, are regarded as special transports;
- All special transports not subject to compulsory pilotage passing through the locks or the breakwaters must make use of suitable tugs manned by tug masters with sufficient experience in sailing in the area of the lock complex, in passing through the locks, and in communication with pilots;
- All special transports must make use of suitable tugs manned by tug masters with sufficient experience in sailing in the area of the lock complex, in passing through the locks, and in communication with pilots during lock passage;
- Tugs should have a maximum length of 35 metres, sufficient bollard pull, and good manoeuvrability; these criteria are assessed for each special transport;
- A pushed convoy need not be regarded as a special transport if its characteristics in relation to the sailing area do not so require;
- The applicant is responsible for providing supporting information plausibly showing that the planned tugs are suitable and that the crew has sufficient experience. Applicants are requested to answer the following questions and the answers to the questions will play an important role in the Director of the CNB's decision-making process on the application.
- What crew will be responsible for towing the special transport?
- How often has the crew towed special transports through the IJmuiden lock complex? If a crew has no experience in towing special transports in IJmuiden, we would like to know how often this crew has towed special transports through other locks;
- What is the length, bollard pull and manoeuvrability of each tug?
- How will pilots embark the tug or the special transport?
- All special transports are supervised by the Harbour master's Division (DHM);
- The special transport permit application process flow applies for each special transport.
Should you have any questions about this Announcement, please contact the Duty Operations Manager at the following telephone number: +31 205 234 692.
The Director of the Public Body Central Nautical Management, who is also the State Harbour Master
On behalf of the Director-General for Public Works and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat), and the Minister for Infrastructure and Water Management,
M.F. van de Kerkhof