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.



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.

BS085 Albert II dock- new position of buoys


Following buoys in the Albert II Dock are in position:

· Albert II dok ZA3 in position 51°20,85’ N - 003° 11,00’ E

· Albert II dok ZA5 in position 51°20,73’ N - 003°10,76’ E

· Albert II dok ZA9 is removed

BS044 is cancelled.

BS090 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 3rd of April 2020
- Friday the 10th of April 2020
- Friday the 17th of April 2020
- Friday the 24th of April 2020
- Friday the 1st of May 2020
- Friday the 8th of May 2020
- Friday the 15th of May 2020
- Friday the 22nd of May 2020
- Friday the 29th of May 2020
- Friday the 5th of June 2020
- Friday the 12th of June 2020
- Friday the 19th of June 2020
- Friday the 26th of June 2020

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

BS075 additional conditions due to Coronavirus outbreak – Pilotage of vessels


In connection with the outbreak of the COVID-19 Coronavirus additional conditions are imposed in pilotage during storms.

These additional conditions are issued at the request of the pilot services to prevent the pilots from sailing.

When pilot services are ceased, the following additional conditions for departing vessels should be taken into account:

1 Vessels that are unable to drop their pilot at the pilot station due to bad weather, should:

A Not leave the Port of Zeebrugge until pilot services are resumed, a pilot order already made should be suspended.

B When pilot services are ceased after leaving the port, contact the pilot coordinator after which a suitable solution is sought.

2 These additional conditions remain in force until the 30th of April 2020. If extension is necessary, this will be announced again.

BS079 Draft restriction Quay 948


Until further notice a draft restriction of 3.80m applies at quay 948.

BS069 Operations at Quay 144 ADJUSTMENT


In preparation for the extension of the jetty to quay 144, six casings have been spud.

These are temporary illuminated with a white fixed light.

Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of quay 143-144.

BS055 Zeebrugge Inner Port – Connection dock – position dry dock ‘Lifty’


From now on the dry dock from FSR is positioned at K413.
The dry dock is located across the quay as can be seen on the picture below.

Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of the Northern Inlet Dock and the Connection 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

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.

BS272 Quay 530 – bollard 15


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

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.

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.

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:



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.


BS093 Visart Lock Zeebrugge– interruption for the shipping traffic


Due to urgent maintenance works, the Visart Lock at Zeebrugge will not operate from Monday the 6th of April 2020 until Friday the 10th of April 2020, or as much shorter as possible or longer as necessary.


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.

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).