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

Your visit by ship in 4 steps


1. In advance

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

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

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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.

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3. Arrival and stay in the port

Upon arrival, the captain and the Harbour Master establish contact through VHF.

During your stay, you can dispose of ship 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 there are any - will be sent to your agent.

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Compulsory pilotage

Captains have long been able to apply for exemption from compulsory pilotage with a PEC (Pilotage Exemption Certificate). Read more about:

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

More about compulsory pilotage

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Read the facts of the waterways, inlcuding the world's largest sea lock.


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Port map

View nautical and berth information.

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Harbour Master’s Division team

Product Team Sea shipping develops services and products

Product Team Zeevaart

To make your visit to the Amsterdam port area as quick, easy, and predictable as possible, Port of Amsterdam works on creating smarter products and services every day.

Team Sea shipping mainly focuses on:

MyPort: the online platform to make doing business in the Amsterdam port smarter and faster. All services and tools on the MyPort platform are well designed and personalised according to the customer's needs.

Digital applications: developing and/or optimising the digital services such as:
- Lock Schedule. For the locks Zeesluis IJmuiden and Noordersluis, there is a current Lock schedule. The impact of salinisation could potentially affect the Lock Schedule.
- New Port Dues Application: a digital form to quickly, easily, and efficiently submit port dues statements.

Predictability: based on the shipping vision, we are developing services that manage expectations so all parties involved in a shipping journey can respond wisely. 

Do you have questions? Any suggestions? We would love to hear from you and can always be reached at