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Exemption, license and reporting for sea shipping

Check if permits, exemptions or reporting are required:

Compulsory pilotage

Seagoing ships navigating in the North Sea Canal Area are subject to compulsory pilotage. More information about compulsory pilotage can be found in the Compulsory Pilotage Decree.

 

Is your ship 75 metres or less in length?

Ships of 75 metres or less in length (i.e. length over all) are exempt from compulsory pilotage.
Please consult the Compulsory Pilotage Decree 1995, article 4, paragraph 2i.

Is your ship more than 75 metres in length?

Ships more than 75 metres in length may in some cases apply for an exemption from compulsory pilotage.

  1. Is your ship registered in the Small Ships Register?
    In that case you may apply for an exemption for the area between the pilot station and the IJmuiden breakwaters. Please send your application to portoffice@portofamsterdam.nl.

    Should you wish to register your ship in the Small Ships Register, please contact Loodswezen (Dutch Pilots' Organisation).
  2. Is your ship NOT registered in the Small Ships Register and is your ship 95 metres or less in length?
    In that case you may apply for an exemption. Please send your application to portoffice@portofamsterdam.nl. Please note that you will at least have to make a number of assessment trips with a pilot.
Is your ship more than 95 metres in length?

If your ship is more than 95 metres in length, you are not eligible for an exemption.
In this case, however, you may apply for a Pilotage Exemption Certificate (PEC). Please send your application to portoffice@portofamsterdam.nl. An exam is required to obtain a Pilotage Exemption Certificate. Please consult the Pilotage Exemption Certificate Holders Decree of the Shipping Traffic Act.

You may apply for an exemption or a Pilotage Exemption Certificate for the following areas:

  • IJmuiden Roads/IJmuiden: IJmuiden Approach and the Outer Harbour, the Noorderbuitenkanaal, the Zuiderbuitenkanaal, the Verbindingskanaal, the Hoogovenkanaal, the Outer Harbour, the Hoogovenhaven, the Vissershaven and the Haringhaven.
  • Beverwijk/Velsen: The IJmuiden locks including the North Sea Canal up to kilometre marker 5, including the harbour basins and ports connected to it.
  • Zaanstad: The North Sea Canal from kilometre marker 5 up to 19, including the harbour basins and ports connected to it on the north side.
  • Amsterdam: The North Sea Canal from kilometre marker 5 up to the entrance to the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal, including the harbour basins and ports connected to it - insofar as they do not fall under the Zaanstad area.

Do you need any help?

If your situation is not mentioned above or if you have any doubts, please contact the

Harbour Master's Division, Port Office

or call us on +312 0523 4600 - option 2

We are 24/7 available.

You can also email us via portoffice@portofamsterdam.nl

Dangerous substances, bunkering and disinfection

For these activities, permission is always required.

Frequently used
Transfer of fuel between ship and tanker truck/wagon

How to request

1. Please submit the form at least 72 hours in advance, (is this not possible in the given time frame?)

Please call us at 0031 20 5234 600, press 2 and together, we can consider your options.

2. We would like to receive and process your request as soon as possible.

Bunkering fuel oil or lubricating oil

How to request

Please submit the form at least 72 hours in advance. (Is this not possible in the given time frame?)

Please call us at 0031 20 5234 600, press 2 and together, we can consider your options.

We would like to receive and process your request as soon as possible.

Emergency discharge of dangerous liquid substances

How to request

Please submit the form at least 72 hours in advance. (Is this not possible in the given time frame?)

Please call us at 0031 20 5234 600, press 2 and together, we can consider your options.

We would like to receive and process your request as soon as possible.

Fumigation
Active gassing of ship/cargo with pesticides

How to request

Please submit the form at least 72 hours in advance. (Is this not possible in the given time frame?)

Please call us at 0031 20 5234 600, press 2 and together, we can consider your options.

We would like to receive and process your request as soon as possible.

Transhipment of fumigated dry bulk cargo

How to request

1. Please submit the form as soon as possible. After reporting you may commence with your activities.

2. The start and end of the work activities must be reported with over the VHF 14 radio.

Board-to-board transhipment
Board-to-board transhipment of liquid bulk

How to request

1. Please submit the form as soon as possible. After reporting you may commence with your activities.

2. The start and end of the work activities must be reported over the VHF 14 radio.

Deviating from the rules related to board-to-board transhipment liquid bulk (vapour return/inert gas)

How to request

Please submit the form at least 72 hours in advance. (Is this is not possible in the given time frame?)

Please call us at 0031 20 5234 600, press 2 and together, we can consider your options.

We would like to receive and process your request as soon as possible.

Board-to-board transhipment of gas

How to request

Please submit the form at least 72 hours in advance. (Is this is not possible in the given time frame?)

Please call us at 0031 20 5234 600, press 2 and together, we can consider your options.

We would like to receive and process your request as soon as possible.

Board-to-board transhipment of dry bulk on public berth

How to request

1. Please submit the form as soon as possible. After reporting you may commence with your activities.

2. The start and end of the work activities must be reported with over the VHF 14 radio.

Berth zoning
Mooring ship with packaged, dangerous substances in deviation of berth zoning regulations

How to request

1. Please submit the form at least 72 hours in advance. (Is this is not possible in the given time frame?)

Please call us at 0031 20 5234 600, press 2 and together, we can consider your options.

2. We would like to receive and process your request as soon as possible.

Do you need our assistance?

Harbour Master Division - Port Office

Please call us at 00 31 20 5234 600 and press 2

We are 24/7 available

Or please e-mail us at portoffice@portofamsterdam.nl

 

Engine testing, soot blowing and jacking up

For these activities, permission is always required.

Test runs for the quay

How to request

1. Please submit the form at least 72 hours in advance. (Is this not possible in the given time frame?)

Please call us at 0031 20 5234 600, press choice 2 and together, we can consider your options.
Soot removal

How to request

1. Please submit the form at least 72 hours in advance.  (Is this not possible in the given time frame?)

Please call us at 0031 20 5234 600, press 2 and together, we can consider your options.

2. We would like to receive and process your request as soon as possible.

Boost drilling/work island outside of the designated area

How to request

1. Please submit the form at least 72 hours in advance. (Is this not possible in the given time frame?)

Please call us at 0031 20 5234 600, press 2 and together, we can consider your options.

2. We would like to receive and process your request as soon as possible.

Do you need our assistance?

Please call us at 0031 20 5234 600 and press 2

We are 24/7 available.

Or please e-mail us at portoffice@portofamsterdam.nl

 

Port Security

If you wish to receive ships subject to the ISPS code at your port facility, you will need a Port Security Certificate.

Permission is required to

receive ships subject to the ISPS code at your port facility.

Application or reapplication for a Certificate in connection with the Port Security Act

This is how it works:

1. Please send us the Security Assessment Application Form including all the relevant documents at least 6 months prior to the required date of certification.  

2. The Mayor of your Municipality will send you the Security Assessment Decree.

3. The Security Assessment must be used to draw up a Port Facility Security Plan or to or amend an existing Port Facility Security Plan.

Incident Report

Any security incident on your terminal (the cutting of a fence, for instance) must be reported as soon as possible. If your facility is no longer able to handle in accordance with the procedures stated in your Port Facility Security Plan, you should report that to the Port Security Supervisors via telephone number +312 0523 4802

Do you need any help?

If your situation is not mentioned above or if you have any doubts, please contact the

Harbour Master's Division, Port Office

or call us on +312 0523 4600 - option 2

We are 24/7 available.

You can also email us via portsecurity@portofamsterdam.nl

Repair, immobilisation and demolition

For these activities, permission is always required.

Oil port area
Ship repair/hot work activities in oil port

How to request

1. Please submit the form at least 72 hours in advance. (Is this not possible in the given time frame?)

Please call us at 0031 20 5234 600, press 2 and together, we can consider your options.

2. We would like to receive and process your request as soon as possible.

Immobilisation of ship in oil port

How to request

1. Please submit the form at least 72 hours in advance. (Is this not possible in the given time frame?)

Please call us at 0031 20 5234 600, press 2 and together, we can consider your options.

2. We would like to receive and process your request as soon as possible.

Non-oil port area
Ship repair and immobilisation, for a period shorter than 3 days or time limit exemption

How to request

Please submit the form as soon as possible. After reporting on the VHF 14 radio, you may commence with your activities. Also the end of your work activities should be reported on VHF 14 radio.

Ship repair and immobilisation, for a period longer than 3 days or time limit exemption

How to request

1. Please submit the form at least 72 hours in advance. (Is this not possible in the given time frame?)

Please call us at 0031 20 5234 600, press 2 and together, we can consider your options.

2. We would like to receive and process your request as soon as possible.

Ship demolition

How to request

1. Please submit the form at least 72 hours in advance. (Is this not possible in the given time frame?)

Please call us at 0031 20 5234 600, press choice 2 and together, we can consider your options.

2. We would like to receive and process your request as soon as possible.

Do you need our assistance?

Please call us at 0031 20 5234 600 and press 2

We are 24/7 available.

Or please e-mail us at portoffice@portofamsterdam.nl

 

Taking berths

Permission may or may not be required depending on your situation.

Available berths

No permission required if:

  • you comply with the placed road signs and other signage,
  • you already have a berth permit and/or exemption for this berth.
Other situations
Prohibition of berthing

How to request

Please submit the form at least 72 hours in advance. (Is this is not possible in the given time frame?)

Please contact us via telephone on 0031 20 5234 600 and press 2 and together, we can consider your options.

We would like to receive and process your request as soon as possible.

 

Taking a berth without an expert present

How to request

Please submit the form at least 72 hours in advance. (Is this is not possible in the given time frame?)

Please contact us via telephone on 0031 20 5234 600 and press 2 and together, we can consider your options.

We would like to receive and process your request as soon as possible.

 

Taking a berth outside the operational space

How to request

1. Please submit the form at least 72 hours in advance. (Is this is not possible in the given time frame?)

Please contact us via telephone on 0031 20 5234 600 and press 1 and 2 and together, we can consider your options.

2. We would like to receive and process your request as soon as possible.

Commercial vessel license

How to request

Please fill out the form and we will contact you as soon as possible.

If you do not meet the construction requirements for the oil port area

How to request

1. Please submit the form at least 72 hours in advance. (Is this is not possible in the given time frame?)

Please contact us via telephone on 0031 20 5234 600 and press 2 and together, we can consider your options.

2. We would like to receive and process your request as soon as possible.

Would you know if you are in the oil port area? Please see the map.

 

Do you need our assistance?

Is your situation not listed or do you have any other concerns? Please feel free to contact us.

Harbour Master Division- Port Office

Please call us at 0031 20 5234 600 and press 2

We are 24/7 available.

Or please e-mail us at portoffice@portofamsterdam.nl

 

Transport exceptional

For transports exeptional, acquiring permission in advance is required. From whom you need permission depends on where you are sailing:

Transport within the management area of the Central Nautical Management
Transport within the management area of the Central Nautical Management

The Inland shipping police regulations determine whether your transport falls under transport exceptional. Some examples include:

  • ships with protruding parts that may cause damage or hindrance,
  • objects with drag going through the sea lock (seagoing or direction Amsterdam),
  • houseboats of which the transport does not comply with the CVO requirements.

How to request

1. Submit the form at 3 working days before the start of the transport. (Is this is not possible in the given time frame?)

Please call us at 0031 20 5234 600, press choice 1 and 3 and together, we can consider your options.

2. We would like to receive and process your request as soon as possible.

Transport through national and provincial roads
Transport through national and provincial roads

How to request

Please request permission from the Ministry of Waterways and Public Works (RWS) contact point. The RWS will forward the request to the relevant waterway administrators for you.

Do you need our assistance?

Harbour Master Division - Port Office

Please call us at 0031 20 5234 600 - option 2

We are 24/7 available.

Or please e-mail us at  portoffice@portofamsterdam.nl