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.



BS 58 Additional regulations maritime traffic from arrival LNG bunker vessel


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.



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 145 Document for exemption for boatmen


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:

BS190 Boudewijn Canal - air draft


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.

BS224 Mooring and use of thrusters in the locks


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.

BS272 Quay 530 – bollard 15


Bollard 15 at quay 530 is cannot be used until further notice.

BS324 Zeebrugge - Inner Port – Southern Inlet Dock - light out of order on red buoy


BS 059 Cancelled

Following red buoy in the Southern Inlet dock is out of order until further notice:

• Southern Inlet Dock position 51° 18,14’ N – 003°14,20’ E

Vessels are requested to proceed with caution and VTS-information can be obtained from the lockmaster.

BS006 diving exercises fire department –Herders Bridge – Dudzele, Old Ferrydock and Prins Filipsdock


The fire department will conduct diving exercises, between 8h30 am and 11h30 am, in the Boudewijn Canal next to the Herders Bridge in Dudzele, the Old Ferrydock and the Prins Filipsdock on the following dates:

- Friday the 10th of January 2020
- Friday the 17th of January 2020
- Friday the 24th of January 2020
- Friday the 31st of January 2020
- Friday the 7th of February 2020
- Friday the 14th of February 2020
- Friday the 21st of February 2020
- Friday the 28th of February 2020
- Friday the 6th of March 2020
- Friday the 13th of March 2020
- Friday the 20th of March 2020
- Friday the 27th of March 2020

Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of the Herders Bridge, the Old Ferrydock and the Prins Filipsdock.

BS033 dredging works Albert-II dock outer harbour


As from Friday the 14th of February dredging works will be carried out in the Albert-II dock of Zeebrugge. The dredging works will be carried out with dredger Hondius, assisted by Multicat DN43 and tug DN73. The dredging works will normally end around half of March +/- the 20th of March.

All movements of DN43 and DN73 out of the dredging area must be reported to Port Control via VHF-channel 71. Vessels from and to the Albert-II dock must give a notice of 30’ to Hondius and/ or Port Control via VHF-channel 71 so that a safe passage can be provided.

Above mentioned vessels will listen to VHF-channel 71.

In the context of the dredging works buoys ZA3, ZA5 and ZA9 will be removed. The exact date will be notified via a notice to mariners.

Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of Albert-II dock.

BS037 outer port Albert II dock -buoy ZA3 is taken away


Following buoy in the Albert II dock is taken away later this week:

• Albert II dock original position 51° 20,95’ N – 003°11,19’ E

BS039 P Vandamme Lock and Visart Lock- interruption for the shipping traffic


Due to repair works:

-the P. Vandamme Lock will be interrupted for the shipping traffic on following dates:

- Tuesday the 18th of February 2020 from 08h00 till 13h00
- Tuesday the 24th of March 2020 from 08h00 till 12h00

-the Visart Lock will be interrupted for all shipping traffic throughout the day from the 16th until the 18th of March 2020

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).

BS044 Outer Port – Albert II dock – change in position of buoys


Following buoys in the Albert II Dock are in position:

• Albert II dok ZA3 removed
• Albert II dok ZA5 in position 51°20’47” N 003° 10’ 52” E
• Albert II dok ZA9 in position 51°20’48”N – 003°10’54”E

BS147 of 2019 is cancelled.


BS 26 Swinging - Boudewijn Canal


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).

BS163 Boudewijn Canal- signalisation A11-bridges and railway bridge


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.…

BS162 is cancelled.


BS046 Diving operations Glovis Challenge quay 521


On Wednesday the 19th of February 2020, between 14h00 and 20h00, divers will be working on m/v Glovis Challenge at quay 521 in the inner Port of Zeebrugge.

Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of quay 521.