Drukte op het IJ

Recreational shipping

Welcome in our port! Here you will find tips, explanations, and regulations regarding your visit to Amsterdam on water.

Prepare your visit

Going on the water requires preparation. Apart from sunscreen, good humour, and some refreshments, it is also necessary to take into account the routes, stoppages, and rules. Haven't thought about those yet? No worries, we will gladly help you with out recreational shipping checklist: 

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Sailing safely on the IJ

The IJ is a busy place. Ferries, inland shipping boats, motor boats, and cruises sail arrive and leave regularly. During summer it is, understandably, even busier. When the weather is good, we like to be on the water! But safety is necessary. With this video we would like shine a light on safe sailing on the IJ. Port official Ronald explains the sailing rules and gives some tips. Enjoy!

Plan your visit

A visit to the waters of Amsterdam starts with good preparation. Plan your route and see if there are any hindrances. Also make sure you are familiar with the sailing rules and that you have paid inland water fees.

Plan your visit


What are the sailing rules?

Recreational sailing en professional sailing share the waters of the IJ. Make sure to keep the sailing traffic safe by knowing the sailing rules. Also, by not abiding the rules you risk a hefty fine. Don't know the rules by heart? These are the most essentials rule you should definitely know:

  • It is crucial to know the maximum speed you are allowed to go on the various sailing routes - Notice the signs along the way
  • Keep to the right of the water as much as possible
  • The port basins are only accessible by commercial shippers - Look out for the signs
  • Alcohol is not permitted for captains
  • Noise pollution is not allowed on the water - beware of your noise leven

The current sailing rules

    Medische dienstverlening

    What to do in the event of an accident?

    • Notify the Port of Amsterdam traffic control via radio telephone or call +31 (0)20 523 46 00 and choose option 2.
    • For urgent assistance in life-threatening situations, call 112.
    • See the overview of regional medical services for other medical services.

    Medical services