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.
BS079 Draft restriction Quay 948
Until further notice a draft restriction of 3.80m applies at quay 948.
BS315 Afvalbeheersplan 2021
The new waste management plan will be in effect from 1/01/2021. You can find this document in the file “documents” on Zedis (http://zedis.portofzeebrugge.be/ ) from 1/01/2021.
BS2021-110 Boudewijn Canal – Safe draught
The normal water level on the Boudewijn canal is 3,62 meters relative to LAT (3,39 TAW).
At this water level, the safe draught on the Boudewijn Canal is set at:
- North of the Verbindingsdok:
• 6,5m for vessels with a breadth until 17,5m
• 6,35m for vessels with a breadth of more than 17,5m
- South of the Verbindingsdok:
• 6,35m for vessels with a breadth until 17,5m
• 5,95m for vessels with a breadth of more than 17,5m.
Since the water level is subject to fluctuations depending on the amount of lock passages, the weather conditions, period of droughts, etc. it is recommended to contact the lockkeeper to obtain the current water level via VHF channel 68 or tel. 050/543.231.
The water level you will get from the lockkeeper will be relative to LAT.
If applicable, draft limitation will be communicated via an additional notice to mariners.
BS2021-242 mooring prohibition Q208
The western part of Quay 208 is reserved for Boluda-tugs. This part of the quay, west of bollard 55 may not be used by other vessels.
BS2021-253 port Bruges, Boudewijn Canal and inner port - water level
The water level of the Inner Port is currently reduced due to neap tide.
Therefore, for the duration of this notice, a safe draught on the Boudewijn Canal has been established of:
-North of the Verbindingsdok:
• 6,2m for vessels with a breadth until 17,5m
• 6,05m for vessels with a breadth of more than 17,5m
-South of the Verbindingsdok:
• 6,05m for vessels with a breadth until 17,5m
• 5,65m for vessels with a breadth of more than 17,5m.
The above needs to be taken into account during passage on the Boudewijn Canal.
The established safe draughts for the inner port, the Boudewijnkanaal and the port of Bruges are reduced by 0,3m (see BS2021-111 Safe draught – berths in the inner port, along the Boudewijn Canal and Bruges).
A new message will be sent as soon as the water level on the Boudewijn Canal has returned to its normal level. To obtain a current water level, you can always contact the lockkeeper via VHF channel 68 or tel.: 050/543.231 as included in BS2021-110.
BS2021-255 diving ops Scheldt River Q103
On Sunday the 17th of October 2021, from 8h00 until 18u00, divers will be working on m/v Scheldt River at quay 103 in the Outer Port of Zeebrugge.
Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of quay 103.
BS2021-088Flemish Waste Management Plan Inland Shipping 2021
BS2021-036 Bruges quay 941 between bollard 87 and 89: shallow waters
Shallow water of -0,30m TAW has been observed in Bruges at quay 941, between bollards 87 and 89.
Currently, water depth at normal water level is 3,70m.
Vessels are requested to take this into account when mooring this quay.
BS2020-319 Q416 no longer accessible
The inner jetty of Tameco (Q416) is no longer accessible due to the construction of the new bridge in the Connection Dock.
BS2020-296 Zeebrugge - Inner Port – Verbindingsdok
As part of the construction of the new bridge in the connecting dock, a (temporary) South Cardinal beacon will be placed on pile DBR_6 of an underwater structure. This will be positioned at the coordinates below (as can also be seen on the image on pg. 2):
• South Cardinal post in position:
51°18’45,39”N – 003°12’36,994” E
• With light character as follows:
white flickering light - flickers grouped by 6 followed by a long glare of at least 2sec.
BS2020-286 Zeebrugge Inner Port– works new bridge Connection dock (Verbindingsdok)
As part of the build of a new bridge over the Connection Dock, the pontoon Lynn, barge Tabiga and tug Ivo will be carrying out works.
All work vessels will keep a listening watch on VHF channel 68.
The shippers of the vessels can be contacted by phone on following numbers:
Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of the Connection dock (Verbindingsdok).
BS2021-240 Diving exercises
From the 8th of October until the 31st of December 2021 the local fire department will conduct diving exercises every Friday morning, between 9h30 and 11h30, in the Boudewijn-Canal in the vicinity of the Herders Bridge in Dudzele.
Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of the Herders Bridge.
BS241 ADJUSTMENT P. Vandamme Lock - interruption for the shipping traffic
Due to maintenance works the P. Vandamme Lock will be interrupted for the shipping traffic on:
- Tuesday the 19th of October 2021 from 8h30 until 16h30
The replacing of lock door 1 will not take place on the date stated above (26 or 28/10). The operation will certainly take place a month later. We will inform you as soon as a specific date is known.
Each time until the mentioned end time or as much shorter as possible or longer as necessary.
All ships (inward- and outward bound) are requested to order the necessary tugs in time (minimum 4 hrs in advance).