Shipping: fast, safe and sustainable traffic in the port region

A Port that is available for ships 24/7 may seem simple but is really a lot more complex than it appears. Our job is to assist vessels and operate the locks in the Port of IJmuiden. We monitor safety in the Port by patrolling the water and carrying out on-board inspections: we are the Port’s ‘eyes and ears’, so to speak. We also grant exemptions and issue permits, provide nautical advice and set new regulations. Together with the other players in the Port, we ensure fast, safe and sustainable shipping.


Nautical Service Liaison Eline Huiting, serves as Policy Director in the Port’s Harbour Master’s Division.

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Clean Shipping Vision

Port of Amsterdam aims to reduce shipping emissions and minimise the environmental impact of these emissions by working with the shipping sector. In its Clean Shipping Vision for 2030, the Port describes how it intends to achieve its sustainability objectives through concrete actions, such as reducing emissions of docked sea cruise ships by 50 percent.



Project updates

Some initiatives we have launched to date:

LNG bunkering

We promote the use of clean fuels. Inland vessels have been able to bunker LNG on the quay in Amerikahaven, and since recently the quay is also able to accommodate seagoing vessels.

Dynamic lock planning

We have developed a sophisticated lock planning system which increases the predictability of arrival and departure times in the Port, making it possible for all parties to design their own process and other planning more efficiently and intelligently.

Sea access to IJmuiden

The new sea lock in IJmuiden will have a width of 70 metres, a length of 500 metres and a depth of 18 metres. We are closely involved in the construction of the lock in order to ensure a safe, accessible waterway and lock complex.

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Eline Huiting

Eline Huiting

Harbour Master’s Division 

Policy Director

Tel: 06-22402097


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Frequently Asked Questions

This area runs from 12 miles off the heads of the jetties in IJmuiden (including the IJ-geul, 24 miles) to the Oranje locks in Amsterdam and the port basins attached to them.

The Harbour Master’s Division carries out public duties for a variety of public agencies, including the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management, the North Sea Canal Area Central Nautical Management (CNB) and the City of Amsterdam. The Director of the North Sea Canal Area Central Nautical Management, Marleen van de Kerkhof, manages the Harbour Master’s Division. In order to be able to guarantee the safe, efficient and environmentally responsible handling of shipping traffic, the Harbour Master’s Division facilitates, among other services, traffic assistance for vessels, operation of the locks in the Port of IJmuiden, inspections of safety and environmental regulations, and supervision and enforcement of nautical

When it comes to safety, surveillance and enforcement, we work closely with surrounding ports and local authorities. We also liaise on a daily basis with nautical service providers located in the Port, including pilots, towing services and mechanics. Other partners include the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat), local and national Police Forces, inspection services and the Fire Brigade. When it comes to safety and security, we have entered into public-private partnerships with the Port of Amsterdam business community, police, fire brigade and the Environmental Service.

At the behest of the Centraal Nautisch Beheer Noordzeekanaalgebied (CNB), the Harbour Master’s Division of Port of Amsterdam is responsible for the efficient, safe and sustainable handling of shipping traffic. Employees of the Harbour Master’s Division ensure that the Port is accessible to ships 24/7, assist ships, operate the locks in the Port of IJmuiden, patrol the water and perform on-board inspections. They are also in charge of granting exemptions and issuing permits, providing nautical and other advice, and setting new regulations. They use the nautical space available in the Port as efficiently as possible.

The IJmuiden/Velsen sea lock complex consists of four locks, three of which are used by commercial vessels. A total of 35,755 vessels passed through the port in 2015. The IJ waterway and the North Sea Canal are both lifelines to our hinterland. The Port accommodated 69,000 inland vessels in 2015 with a combined loading capacity of 60 million tonnes.