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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.

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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 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.

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


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Port map

View nautical and berth information.

Open port map

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Harbour Master’s Division team

Team for new services and products Sea shipping

Product Team Zeevaart

To make a 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 will in 2022 mainly focus on:

MyPort: the online platform for smarter and faster doing business in the Amsterdam port. 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. With the opening of the new IJmuiden sea lock there will be a new planner, with up-to-date data and a redesign.
- 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 that all parties involved in a shipping journey can respond intelligently.

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