Whether degassing is possible for an inland navigation tanker in the Port of Amsterdam depends on two factors: the last cargo and the degassing method (sailing or stationary). If you want to perform stationary degassing, you will require the harbour master’s permission. Degassing of petrol is prohibited at all times.

You can request permission:

  • By telephoning the Harbourmasters Division, Portoffice +31 (0)20-5234600. Choose option 2.
  • Via VHF radio, on channel 14.

Conditions for permission

Permission will be granted by the harbour master, subject to two conditions:

  1. You need to be able to demonstrate that you will be loading new cargo in our port after unloading.
  2. If an odour code applies, the harbour master will not grant permission and will (temporarily) withdraw permissions already granted. The odour code is set by the Province of North-Holland and depends on weather conditions.

The conditions laid down in the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Inland Waterways (ADN) remain in force at all times.

We measure and reduce odour nuisance

In the Port of Amsterdam, we live and work close to one another. We therefore monitor odour nuisance originating from vessels that perform degassing while stationary. We do so by means of electronic measurements using our eNose network in and around the port. Together with you, we would like to find sustainable and practicable solutions to limit odour nuisance. If you have any suggestions, e-mail them to us at

Prohibition on degassing while stationary and while underway

In the province of Noord-Holland, degassing of benzene and benzene-containing cargoes while underway has been prohibited as from 1 March 2017. Also for stationary ships, degassing of these products has been prohibited as from 1 March 2017. Please consult the relevant Prohibition Order. This measure contributes to a better environment and cleaner inland shipping. Further information, and what this could mean for you, can be accessed through the following link...