Passenger vessels (Cruise excluded)

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Law and regulations

The public waterway of the City of Amsterdam is divided into harbour waters (seaport) and inland waterways (city waters). Do you sail commercially with passengers in Amsterdam's harbour waters? If so, you fall into the passenger vessels category. Passenger vessels are subject to rules and guidelines for sailing in the port of Amsterdam. Here, you will find all the information you
need to prepare your cruise.

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Sailboat Charter (Brown fleet)

The Brown Fleet is professional passenger shipping (charter) using traditional sailing ships in the Netherlands. There are two locations where Brown Fleet vessels can berth: Pontsteiger in Houthaven and De Knoop in Amsterdam Noord. 


Pontsteiger in Houthaven »

Vessels can berth here for a maximum of 3 x 24 hours. The berths cannot be booked in advance and are mainly intended to board or disembark passengers. There are no berthing charges. Passengers can stay overnight here as part of the journey. Since these berths are located in a residential area and nuisance must be prevented, a warning system featuring yellow and red cards is in place.

The facilities at the berths are being expanded in 2020 to include shore power points and drinking water taps. Once the shore power points have been installed, it will be forbidden to remain moored with an auxiliary or main engine running.

De Knoop in Amsterdam Noord »

Vessels wishing to spend longer than three days in Amsterdam can use the moorings at De Knoop on Distelweg in Amsterdam Noord. The berths cannot be reserved in advance. Vessels can moor here for a maximum of 7 x 24 hours. However, passengers are not allowed to stay overnight at this location.

Berths on the map



Charter motor vessels

By motor charter we mean motor vessels equipped to take groups on trips of several days. Charter motor vessels are different in type and size from a river cruise ship. Charter motor vessels can berth at "verlaagde Veemkade" in IJhaven. 


Verlaagde Veemkade in IJhaven »

This berth cannot be reserved and there are no mooring fees. Passengers are allowed to stay overnight as part of the journey.  Here you will find a 160-metre quay where passenger vessels can moor for a maximum of 3 x 24 hours. At this berth it is forbidden to lie alongside with an auxiliary or main engine running. On the quay there are shore power points for moored ships to use. Since these berths are located in a residential area and nuisance must be prevented, a warning system featuring yellow and red cards is in place.

 Berth on the map



Passenger vessels longer than 25 metres, including party ships

Passenger vessels with a length of more than 25 metres, including party ships, can make use of the boarding and disembarking point at Danzigerkade in Nieuwe Houthaven. 


Danzigerkade in Nieuwe Houthaven »

This berth has a length of 60 metres. Vessels wishing to use this berth require an exemption from the ban on entering Mercuriushaven. In addition to the berth at Danzigerkade, it is also possible to embark and disembark at Steiger 14 at Ruijterkade. The use of both boarding and disembarking points is subject to charges and must be reserved via EasyDock.

 Berth on the map



Canal cruise boats

By canal cruise boats we mean a passenger vessel with a length on the waterline of less than 25 metres, as developed for canal cruises in Amsterdam and defined as such in the Inland Navigation Regulations. Canal cruise boats can make use of the boarding and disembarking areas for small passenger vessels.


Ruijterkade West, jetty IJ RW1 »

At Ruijterkade West, jetty IJ RW1 can be reserved for canal cruise boats that exclusively board or disembark passengers of river cruise ships moored at Ruijterkade. This berth can only be used against payment after reserving it in EasyDock. Consultations are being held the City of Amsterdam about creating a transfer location for coaches, buses and canal cruise boats at Ruijterkade Oost.

 Berth on the map


Passenger vessels smaller than 25 metres, including riverboats

There are boarding and disembarking points for small passenger vessels in Minervahaven, Houthaven, IJhaven and at Eye.

Boarding and disembarking points

Minervahaven, Houthaven, IJhaven, Eye »

Vessels wishing to make use of the boarding and disembarkation point in Minervahaven need an exemption from the entry ban in Mercuriushaven.

 Boarding and disembarking points on the map



Scheduled services and water taxi

Scheduled services and water taxis include vessels that carry passengers on a scheduled service (sailing between fixed stops or in a fixed pattern according to a fixed route). Scheduled services can make use of the boarding and disembarkation points designated by Port of Amsterdam.

Port of Amsterdam is currently developing a policy for the operation of water taxis. There are currently no stops.

Amsterdam CS aan het IJ


Laws and regulations

Are you visiting the North Sea Canal area? If so, you must comply with a number of rules:

Introduction of operating permit for harbour waters

In the foreseeable future you will need a municipal operating permit for the commercial transport of passengers. This will make it easier to manage shipping movements and to guarantee the fast and safe transport of passengers.

The number of vessels using the Amsterdam harbour waters has increased in recent years. This is mainly due to the intensification of commercial shipping and the increase in passenger traffic. This affects efficiency and safety on the Closed IJ and the passage of shipping traffic. There has also been an increase in the nuisance caused to local residents by passenger vessels in particular.

More information about the introduction of operating licences for passenger vessels is available.

 Harbour waters on the map