Notices to Mariners are issued by the port authority, and give information that may be of interest to ships.

Notices to Mariners relate to various subjects within the port, such as an interruption of a lock or waterway, works, diving activities, changes in maximum depth or temporary barriers that affect shipping.

The following messages are updated automatically at regular intervals.

 

Algemeen

BS209: Quay 512: tests on an a “Wellhead Protection Structure” between bollard 46 and 47

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On Thursday the 19th and Friday the 20th of September 2019, the firm DECO will do tests on an offshore installation (Wellhead Protection Structure) in the dock water next to quay 512, between bollards 46-47, in the Southern Junction Dock. The installation is positioned ±10m out of the quay.

During above mentioned tests, Deco will dive regularly on this location.

Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of quay 512.

BS231 diving operations on m/v Victorine - Quay 609

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From Monday the 16th of September 2019, 14h00, until Tuesday the 17th of September 2019, 04h00, divers will be working on m/v Victorine at quay 609in the Outer Port of Zeebrugge.

Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of quay 609.

BS230 diving operations on m/v Severine - Quay 127

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On Sunday the 15th of September 2019, from 15h00 until 20h00, divers will be working on m/v Severine at quay 127 in the Outer Port of Zeebrugge.

Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of quay 127.

BS229 diving operations on m/v Estraden - Quay 207

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From Sunday the 15th of September 2019, 14h00, until Monday the 16th of September 2019, 20h00, divers will be working on m/v Estraden at quay 207 in the Outer Port of Zeebrugge.

Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of quay 207.

BS228 diving operations on m/v Clementine - Quay 609

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On Sunday the 15th of September 2019, from 6h00 until 14h30, divers will be working on m/v Clementine at quay 609 in the Outer Port of Zeebrugge.

Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of quay 609

BS227 diving operations on m/v Delphine - Quay 612

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On Saturday the 14th of September 2019, from 10h00 until 20h30, divers will be working on m/v Delphine at quay 612 in the Outer Port of Zeebrugge.

Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of quay 612.

BS226 diving operations on m/v Amandine - Quay 129

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On Saturday the 14th of September 2019, from 4h00 until 10h00, divers will be working on m/v Amandine at quay 129 in the Outer Port of Zeebrugge.

Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of quay 129.

BS225 Railwaybridge Dudzele– interruption for the shipping traffic

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Due to urgent repair works, the Railwaybridge in Dudzele will not operate on Sunday the 15th of September 2019, from 0900hrs until 1600hrs, or as much shorter as possible or longer as necessary.

BS224 Lowering trencher/testing – Northern Inletdock

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The vessel Adhémar de Saint-Venant will lower trencher and do some tests in the Northern Inletdock in the Inner Port on Friday the 13th of September 2019 between 08h00 and 17h00.

The vessel will keep a listening watch on VHF channel 68.

Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of the Northern Inletdock

BS223 diving operations on m/v Celine – Quay 612

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On Friday the 13th of September 2019, from 10h00 until 22h00, divers will be working on m/v Celine at quay 612 in the Outer Port of Zeebrugge.

Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of quay 612.

BS210 damage quay 208 – bollards 56 and 57

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Because of damage on a fender, mooring is forbidden at quay 208, between bollards 56 and 57, until further notice.

BS198 Outer Port – Approaching Channel – green buoy ZA1 repositioned

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Following buoy in the Approaching Channel is repositioned:

• ZA1 in position 51°21,27’ N – 003°11,69’ E

BS-193 is herewith cancelled

BS163 Albert II dock position of buoys

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Following buoys in the Albert II Dock are in position:

• Albert II dok ZA3 in position 51°20’93N – 003°11’10E
• Albert II dok ZA5 in position 51°20’85N – 003°11’00E
• Albert II dok ZA9 in position 51°20’81N – 003°10’90E

BS48 is cancelled.

BS224 Mooring and use of thrusters in the locks

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In accordance with articles 3.4.4 and 3.8.5 of the ”Havenverordening voor het havengebied Brugge-Zeebrugge” vessels are requested to only use their bow and/or stern thruster while manoeuvring and must at all times moor at the appropriate mooring arrangements.

BS118 rearrangement of the buoys in the Zuidelijk Insteekdok – Inner Port Zeebrugge

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The green buoy n°6 and the orange rubber buoy G1 are removed for practical reasons. The buoys are now in following position:

BUOY COLOR LAT LONG BEACONING OF DEPTH LINES
1 green 51°18'10,6" N 003°13'53,5" E -10m TAW
2 green 51°18'09,5" N 003°13'58,2" E -10m TAW
XG green 51°18'03,8" N 003°14'02,3" E -10m TAW
3 green 51°17'58,0" N 003°14'06,5" E -10m TAW
4 green 51°17'40.9" N 003°14'20.4" E -10m TAW
S1 orange rubber 51°17'39.4" N 003°14'21.84" E -3m TAW

All previous messages about the buoys in the Zuidelijke Insteekdok are no longer valid.

BS190 Boudewijn Canal - air draft

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On the 1st of September the A11 highway has been taken into service. The Roskam A11 Bridges, crossing the Boudewijn Canal, are a vital part of this connection between the East Coast and Bruges.

We like to limit the use of these bridges for the shipping traffic to a strict minimum. Hence these guidance rules:

1. Maximum air draft of the Railway Bridge is 8,5m above water level (TAW+3,5m). Maximum air draft of the Roskam A11 Bridges is 15m above water level (TAW+3,5m).
2. Vessels which have the ability to lower their mast(s) to create a save underpassage, are obligated to do so. This is in accordance with on Art. 1.3.1. of the “Havenverordening voor het havengebied Brugge-Zeebrugge”.

3. Pleasure craft hampered by their air draft, will get passage with commercial vessels.
4. When there is no commercial traffic expected during daytime, 1 passage will be planned between 14h30 and 15h30. In due time the shippers of pleasure crafts should inform the lockmaster of the Vandamme lock of their intentions on VHF channel 68 or by phone 050/543.231.

BS 145 Document for exemption for boatmen

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The document: “Exemption boatmen vessel LOA > 80m” according to art. 4.4.3 of the Port Regulations “Havenverordering voor het havengebied Brugge-Zeebrugge”, can be downloaded from the site: https://zedis.portofzeebrugge.be/

BS144

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Zeebrugge Outer Port- Albert II dock: shallow waters

The area north of the green buoys ZA-3/ZA-5/ZA-9 is unsafe for surface navigation. Shipping in this area is dangerous and prohibited.

BS 58 Additional regulations maritime traffic from arrival LNG bunker vessel

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From the 1st of April 2017, an LNG bunker vessel (LBV) (the “Engie Zeebrugge”) will be operational in the port of Zeebrugge-Brugge. From then following rules will be applicable:
When an LBV is positioned alongside a receiving vessel or is moored alongside a quay, maritime traffic must pass at a distance of minimum 30 meters with a sailing speed not exceeding 6 knots.
When an LBV is sailing in the port, maritime traffic must keep a minimal distance of 1 cable fore or aft and keep minimum passing distance of 50 meters. Here again, the maximal speed is 6 knots.
Before every shift an LBV will broadcast its sailing plan in English on VHF channel 68 when relevant for the inner port or VHF channel 71 when relevant for the outer port.
As for lock passages, the LBV is the last vessel to enter the lock and in principle the last to leave the lock, unless the lock master instructs otherwise. When the LBV is in the lock, hot work and smoking is prohibited in the lock area (materialized by fencing on all sides) and on all other ships in the lock.

The Port Authority will monitor the speed at all times. Infringement of this rule will be sanctioned accordingly. Other speed restrictions are still applicable.

BS205 diving operations dry dock (Gardec)

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On Friday the 30th of August 2019, from 17h00 till 22h00, divers will be working on the dry dock (Gardec) in the Inner Port of Zeebrugge.

Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of the dry dock of Gardec

Vandammesluis

BS217P. Vandamme Lock – interruption for the shipping traffic (see NtM 191) – cancellation

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The interruption of the P. Vandamme Lock, scheduled from Tuesday the 17th of September 2019 until Friday the 11th of October 2019, announced by BS 191, has been cancelled and will be replaced by following dates:

- 1st of October 2019 till 4th of October 2019 from 08h00 till 13h00
- 8th of October 2019 from 7h00 till 19h00
- 9th of October 2019 till 11th of October 2019 08h00 till 13h00
- 15th of October 2019 from 08h00 till 13h00
- 15th of November 2019 from 08h00 till 13h00

Or as much shorter as possible or longer as necessary.

All vessels (inward and outward bound) are requested to order the necessary tugs in due time (minimum 4 hours in advance).

Visartsluis

BS208 Visart Lock - interruption for all traffic

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Due to urgent repair works on the road bridge, the Visart Lock is out of order for all traffic as from Monday the 2nd of September 2019 until Friday the 13th of September 2019.

Binnenvaart

BS163 Boudewijn Canal- signalisation A11-bridges and railway bridge

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As part of the A11 highway, 2 new bridges besides the already existing railway bridge have been constructed. Attached you will find the combination signalisation of both the A11-bridges and the Railway Bridge. https://nts.flaris.be/Alsic.Web.FileStorage.ashx?fileID=e769682e-6845-4…

BS162 is cancelled.

BS 26 Swinging - Boudewijn Canal

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On the Boudewijn Canal, it is forbidden for ships to swing. Swinging is only allowed in the swinging basin in Bruges (next to the Commercial Docks).