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.
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.
BS2022-006 Entry of new bridge– Connection Dock
The positioning of the turning bridge for the new bridge over the Connection Dock will take place in the weekend of 22&23 January 2022. Since the operation is weather dependent, a reserve date still has to be determined if this should be necessary.
For this purpose, a 48-hour blockage of the shipping traffic in the Connection Dock is provided, in other words from 8h00 on Saturday the 22th of January 2022 and this until Monday the 24th of January 2022 at 08h00.
This operation will be carried out by pontoons Louis, Karel and Victor, assisted by work vessel Sil Jeske B and tugs Hendrik 7 and Riga. All vessels must hold a listening watch on VHF channel 68.
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.
BS2021-088Flemish Waste Management Plan Inland Shipping 2021
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.
BS2021-269 Outer Port Zeebrugge – Brittanniadock – jetty 609
Due to working activities, mooring at jetty 609 in the Brittanniadock is forbidden as from Monday the 1st of November 2021 and this until the end of the works on Monday the 28th of February 2022.
BS2021-287 Stacking sites with regard to renewal jetty 609
In preparation for the renovation of jetty 609, 2 stacking sites will be put into use.
From the beginning of December 2021 until the end of February 2022, Q126 will be put into use to compile fe. platforms, walkways and fenders. Afterwards transports will take place to the Brittania Dock or the Wielingendock (head of quay 140).
From the beginning of January 2022, piles will be delivered on Q705 by vessel Tanzanite. A pontoon will moor here regularly in January 2022 and carry out transports to the Brittannia Dock or to the Wielingendock. During this work, 3 frames of 3m each will hang from the quay wall.
The frames will be indicated by flashing lights.
This is why, as from the 11th of January 2022 until the 30th of January 2022 mooring is prohibited on Q705.
Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of quay 126 and 705.
BS2021-290 Visart Lock out of order
Due to urgent repairs the Visart Lock will be out of order for all shipping traffic until further notice.
BS2021-320 diving operations on Quay 140
On Friday the 17th of December 2021, between 15h00 and 18h00, divers will be working at quay 140 in the outer harbour of Zeebrugge.
Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of quay 140.