Exemption, license and reporting for sea shipping

On 6 January 2020, the Regional Port Bye-Laws for the North Sea Canal Area 2019 came into force. From this day on, the new application forms will also be online.
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Check if permits, exemptions or reporting are required.

For transports exceptional, acquiring permission in advance is required. From whom you need permission depends on where you are sailing:

Transport within the management area of the Central Nautical Management (see map)

The Inland shipping police regulations determine whether your transport falls under transport exceptional. Some examples include:

  • ships with protruding parts that may cause damage or hindrance,
  • objects with drag going through the sea lock (seagoing or direction Amsterdam),
  • houseboats of which the transport does not comply with the CVO requirements.
How to request

1. Submit the form at 3 working days before the start of the transport.

Please call us at +3120 5234 600, press 1 and 3 and together, we can consider your options.

2. We will process your request as soon as possible.

 

Open the form More information in Inland shipping police regulations, article 1.21 (Only available in Dutch)..

Transport through national and provincial roads

Please request permission from the Ministry of Waterways and Public Works (RWS) contact point. The RWS will forward the request to the relevant waterway administrators for you.

Open the Form RWS Contact Point More information in Inland shipping police regulations, article 1.21 (Only available in Dutch).

For these activities, permission is always required.

Cleaning, desinfection and fumigation

How to request

1. Please submit the form at least 3 workdays in advance.

Please call us at +3120 5234 600, press 2 and together, we can consider your options.

2. We will process your request as soon as possible.

Open the form More information in the Regional Port Bye-laws 2019.

How to request

1. Please submit the form at least 3 workdays in advance per e-mail to GSM@portofamsterdam.com.

Please call us at +3120 5234 600, press 2 and together, we can consider your options.

2. We will process your request as soon as possible.

More information in the Regional Port Bye-laws 2019.

How to request

1. Please submit the form at least 3 workdays in advance.

Please call us at +3120 5234 600, press 2 and together, we can consider your options.

2. We will process your request as soon as possible.

Open the form More information in the Regional Port Bye-laws 2019.

Board-to-board transhipment

How to request

1. Send the form as soon as possible. The notification must be made by the bunker operator at least 6 hours in advance. After notification the activities can be started.

2. Start and end of the work must be reported on channel VHF 14.

Open the form More information in the Regional Port Bye-laws 2019.

How to request

1. Please submit the form at least 3 workdays in advance.

Please call us at +3120 5234 600, press 2 and together, we can consider your options.

2. We will process your request as soon as possible.

Open the form More information in the Regional Port Bye-laws 2019.

How to report

1.This notification must be given in case of transshipment of liquid dangerous or hazardous substances in bulk at the following locations:

  • Afrikahaven – mooring dolphins
  • Amerikahaven – lay-by and transshipment dolphins
  • Hornhaven – buoy 2
2. Submit the form as soon as possible, but no later than 12 hours before the start of transshipment operations. After notification has been given, the operations can start.

3. Begin and end of the operations must be reported on VHF 14.

Open the form More information in the Regional Port Bye-laws 2019.

How to request

1. Please submit the form at least 3 workdays in advance.

Please call us at +3120 5234 600, press 2 and together, we can consider your options.

2. We will process your request as soon as possible.

Open the form More information in the Regional Port Bye-laws 2019.

How to request
1. Send the form as soon as possible. After notification the activities can be started.
2. Start and end of the work must be reported on channel VHF 14.

Open the form More information in the Regional Port Bye-laws 2019.

For bunkering, all you have to do is report it. For debunkering you have to make a request.
How to report

1. Send the form as soon as possible. After notification the activities can be started.

2. Start and end of the work must be reported on channel VHF 14.

How to request

1. Please submit the form at least 3 workdays in advance.

Please call us at +3120 5234 600, press 2 and together, we can consider your options.

2. We will process your request as soon as possible.

Open the form More information in the Regional Port Bye-laws 2019.

Permission may or may not be required depending on your situation.

Available berths

No permission required if:

  • You comply with the placed road signs and other signage.
  • You already have a berth permit and/or exemption for this berth.
  • You dock in berths located at a mooring facility (with the consent of a renting party, leaseholder or owner), unless the municipal executive does not allow use of a berth for reasons of order, safety or the environment.
  • You dock at a location for tankers

 

Do you want to make a reservation for a public berth? Check this page.

 

Permission required

How to request

1. Please submit the form at least 3 workdays in advance.

Please call us at +3120 5234 600, press 2 and together, we can consider your options.

2. We will process your request as soon as possible.

Open the form More information in the Regional Port Bye-laws 2019.

Depending on the area, you may or may not need permission.

You don't need permission in these areas:

  • Het Slik;
  • Houthaven wachtsteigers noordzijde;
  • Minervahaven wachtsteigers noordzijde;
  • Mercuriushaven wachtsteiger worteleinde;
  • Sonthaven steigers worteleinde;
  • Suezhaven palen zuidzijde;
  • Cacaohaven zuidzijde korte kades;
  • Zanzibarhaven wachtpalen zuidzijde

You don't have to report anything and can use spud poles or anchors without permission.

You do need permission for all other areas. Apply for permission.

 

How to request

1. Please submit the form at least 3 workdays in advance.

Please call us at +3120 5234 600, press 2 and together, we can consider your options.

2. We will process your request as soon as possible.

Open the form More information in the Regional Port Bye-laws 2019.

How to request

1. Please submit the form at least 3 workdays in advance.

Please call us at +3120 5234 600, press 2 and together, we can consider your options.

2. We will process your request as soon as possible.

Open the form More information in the Regional Port Bye-laws 2019.

How to request

1. Please submit the form at least 3 workdays in advance.

Please call us at +3120 5234 600, press 2 and together, we can consider your options.

2. We will process your request as soon as possible.

Open the form More information in the Regional Port Bye-laws 2019.

How to request

1. Please submit the form at least 3 workdays in advance.

Please call us at +3120 5234 600, press 2 and together, we can consider your options.

2. We will process your request as soon as possible.

See what your operational space looks like here: BAORs and other decrees for the North Sea Canal Area

Open the form More information in the Regional Port Bye-laws 2019.

Seagoing ships navigating in the North Sea Canal Area are subject to compulsory pilotage. More information about compulsory pilotage can be found in the Compulsory Pilotage Decree.

Is your ship 75 metres or less in length?

JShips of 75 metres or less in length (i.e. length over all) are exempt from compulsory pilotage.
Please consult the Compulsory Pilotage Decree 1995, article 4, paragraph 2i.

Is your ship more than 75 metres in length?

  • Is your ship registered in the Small Ships Register?
    In that case you may apply for an exemption for the area between the pilot station and the IJmuiden breakwaters. Please send your application to portoffice@portofamsterdam.com. Should you wish to register your ship in the Small Ships Register, please contact Loodswezen (Dutch Pilots' Organisation).
  • your ship NOT registered in the Small Ships Register and is your ship 95 metres or less in length?
    In that case you may apply for an exemption. Please send your application to portoffice@portofamsterdam.com. Please note that you will at least have to make a number of assessment trips with a pilot.

Is your ship more than 95 metres in length?

If your ship is more than 95 metres in length, you are not eligible for an exemption.
In this case, however, you may apply for a Pilotage Exemption Certificate (PEC). Please send your application to portoffice@portofamsterdam.com. An exam is required to obtain a Pilotage Exemption Certificate. Please consult the Pilotage Exemption Certificate Holders Decree of the Shipping Traffic Act.

You may apply for an exemption or a Pilotage Exemption Certificate for the following areas:

  • IJmuiden Roads/IJmuiden: IJmuiden Approach and the Outer Harbour, the Noorderbuitenkanaal, the Zuiderbuitenkanaal, the Verbindingskanaal, the Hoogovenkanaal, the Outer Harbour, the Hoogovenhaven, the Vissershaven and the Haringhaven.
  • Beverwijk/Velsen: The IJmuiden locks including the North Sea Canal up to kilometre marker 5, including the harbour basins and ports connected to it.
  • Zaanstad: The North Sea Canal from kilometre marker 5 up to 19, including the harbour basins and ports connected to it on the north side.
  • Amsterdam: The North Sea Canal from kilometre marker 5 up to the entrance to the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal, including the harbour basins and ports connected to it - insofar as they do not fall under the Zaanstad area.

If you wish to receive ships subject to the ISPS code at your port facility, you will need a Port Security Certificate.

Permission is required to

This is how it works

1. Please send us the Security Assessment Application Form including all the relevant documents at least 6 months prior to the required date of certification..

2. The Mayor of your Municipality will send you the Security Assessment Decree.

3. The Security Assessment must be used to draw up a Port Facility Security Plan or to or amend an existing Port Facility Security Plan.

More information

 

Any security incident on your terminal (the cutting of a fence, for instance) must be reported as soon as possible. If your facility is no longer able to handle in accordance with the procedures stated in your Port Facility Security Plan, you should report that to the Port Security Supervisors via telephone number +31 20 5234 800

 

For these activities, permission is always required.

How to request

1. Please submit the form at least 3 workdays in advance.

Please call us at +3120 5234 600, press 2 and together, we can consider your options.

2. We will process your request as soon as possible.

Open the form More information in the Regional Port Bye-laws 2019.

How to request

1. Please submit the form at least 3 workdays in advance.

Please call us at +3120 5234 600, press 2 and together, we can consider your options.

2. We will process your request as soon as possible.

Open the form More information in the Regional Port Bye-laws 2019.

For these activities, permission is always required.

Oil port area (Please sea the map)

How to request

1. Please submit the form at least 3 workdays in advance.

Please call us at +3120 5234 600, press 2 and together, we can consider your options.

2. We will process your request as soon as possible.

Open the form More information in the Regional Port Bye-laws 2019.

The repair to be carried out must meet the requirements in terms of nature and duration as demanded in article 4.5 Port-Bylaws 2019. After reporting on the VHF 14 radio or by phone (+31 20 523 46 00), you may commence with your activities. Also the end of your work activities should be reported on VHF 14 radio.

How to request

1. Please submit the form at least 3 workdays in advance.

Please call us at +3120 5234 600, press 2 and together, we can consider your options.

2. We will process your request as soon as possible.

Open the form More information in the Regional Port Bye-laws 2019.

The repair to be carried out must meet the requirements in terms of nature and duration as demanded in article 4.5 Port-Bylaws 2019. After reporting on the VHF 14 radio or by phone (+31 20 523 46 00), you may commence with your activities. Also the end of your work activities should be reported on VHF 14 radio.

How to request

1. Please submit the form at least 3 workdays in advance.

Please call us at +3120 5234 600, press 2 and together, we can consider your options.

2. We will process your request as soon as possible.

Open the form More information in the Regional Port Bye-laws 2019.

How to request

1. Please submit the form at least 3 workdays in advance.

Please call us at +3120 5234 600, press 2 and together, we can consider your options.

2. We will process your request as soon as possible.

Open the form More information in the Regional Port Bye-laws 2019.

How to request

1. Please submit the form at least 3 workdays in advance.

Please call us at +3120 5234 600, press 2 and together, we can consider your options.

2. We will process your request as soon as possible.

Open the form More information in the Regional Port Bye-laws 2019.

 

Applications not mentioned

How to request

1. Please submit the form at least 3 workdays in advance.

Please call us at +3120 5234 600, press 2 and together, we can consider your options.

2. We will process your request as soon as possible.

Open the form More information in the Regional Port Bye-laws 2019.

Do you need any help? If your situation is not mentioned above or if you have any doubts, please contact the Harbour Master's Division, Port Office

Call us at 020 5234 600 option 2

We are 24/7 available.

You can also email us, at portoffice@portofamsterdam.com