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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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.