The Deputy Director of the Public Body Central Nautical Management, who is also the State Harbour Master, announces the following:
Seriously reduced depths have been found in the waterway profile of the North Sea Canal at the first (western) Coentunnel where depths have shallowed to NAP-15.0 metres with a bottom width of 40 metres in the mid-fairway line. That is the reason why, after consultations with the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat), Port of Amsterdam, and the Central Nautical Management a temporary draught restriction has been imposed as from 27 June 2019.
The above information means that ships bound for berths east of the first Coentunnel must be aware of the following water depths: NAP-15.0 metres, Level of the North Sea Canal: NAP-0.4m, UKC: Equal to or more than 1.0 metres, Squat approximately 0.1 metres and a draught increase due to reduction in salinity in the North Sea Canal, the following maximum draughts
- 13.2 metres in sea water (for ingoing ships bound for Mercuriushaven and Vlothaven);
- 13.5 metres in fresh water (for outgoing ships bound for sea).
In the very short term, actions will be undertaken to restore the waterway profile so that the draught restrictions can be lifted.
Should you have any questions about this Announcement, please contact the Duty Operations Manager at the following telephone number: +31 205 234 692.
The Deputy Director of the Public Body Central Nautical Management,
who is also the Deputy State Harbour Master