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Your ship visit is a cooperation between the captain, the agent and the Harbour Master.

Your ship visit in 4 steps


1. In advance

Notification of each ship visit must be given 24 hours before arrival in PCS.

We will notify you via email whether you need any additional exemptions or permits.

Voor aankomst

2. Before arrival

Consult the lock schedule for the most up-to-date planning information for ships using the IJmuiden North Lock.

Make a public berth reservation, if necessary.

Order the nautical service providers up to two hours before arrival.

Aankomst en verblijf

3. Arrival and stay in port

Upon arrival, VHF contact between the captain and the Harbour Master is established.

During your stay you can dispose of ship's waste or apply for an exemption or permit.


4. Berth shift and departure

Report any berth shifts or departures in time via PCS and order the nautical service providers up to two hours before departure.

Invoices for the harbour dues and for extra services - if any - will be sent to your agent.

Richting de loods

Since 1 January: Compulsory pilotage new style

Captains have long been able to apply for exemption from compulsory pilotage with a PEC (Pilotage Exemption Certificate). Since 1 January 2021, new legislation and regulations have been in force to compulsory pilotage. Read more about:

  • New PEC structure
  • Applying for a PEC
  • Limits for the PEC, such as weather conditions

More about compulsory pilotage



Facts now and after the opening of the world's largest sea lock in 2022.



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View nautical and berth information.

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Divisie Havenmeester


Harbour Master’s Division team

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