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

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.

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 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/

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.

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.

BS272 Quay 530 – bollard 15

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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

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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.

BS005 Zeebrugge outer harbour-dredging works marina zeebrugge

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As from Monday the 13th of January dredging works will be carried out in the marina of Zeebrugge. These works will take approximately two weeks. The dredging works will be carried out with Blanew, the Ravenstein, Oostende I, Vlaanderen 7 and Vlaanderen 8. The Ravenstein pontoon will be positioned on the northern side of the exit of the marina (see picture above). Vlaanderen 7 and Vlaanderen 8 wil load on the Ravenstein pontoon and will discharge on the Paardenmarkt (east of the breakwaters).

Above mentioned vessels will listen to VHF-channel 71.

Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of the marina of Zeebrugge.

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

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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.

Binnenvaart

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).

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.

Vandammesluis

BS019 P. Vandamme Lock interruption for the shipping traffic

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Due to repair works the P. Vandamme Lock will be interrupted for the shipping traffic on following dates:

- Tuesday the 21st of January 2020 from 08h00 till 13h00
- Monday the 3rd of February 2020 from 07h00 till 16h00

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).