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.
BS198 Outer Port – Approaching Channel – green buoy ZA1 repositioned
Following buoy in the Approaching Channel is repositioned:
• ZA1 in position 51°21,27’ N – 003°11,69’ E
BS-193 is herewith cancelled
BS306 diving operations on Herdersbrug.
From Monday the 18th of November 2019 till Friday the 29th of November 2019, between 08h00 and 17h00, diving operations will be carried out on the Herdersbrug
Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of the Herdersbrug.
BS305 diving operations on m/v Mercury Ace – Quay 521
From Saturday the 16th of November 2019, 07h00, until Monday the 18th of November 2019, 20h00, divers will be working on m/v Mercury Ace at quay 521 the Inner Port of Zeebrugge.
Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of quay 521.
BS301 diving operations on Quay 612-613 in the center of the dock between 18/11 and 20/11 from 9-21h
As from Monday the 18th of November 2019 until the 20th of November 2019, from 9h00 until 21u00, divers will be working at quay 612-613 in the center of the dock (see white circle on the image above) in the Outer Port of Zeebrugge. Shipping traffic from en to quay 608/609 must be informed of the diving operations between quay 612-613. Shipping traffic from en to quay 612/613 must give a notice of 60’ so that the waterway can be cleared.
Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of quay 612-613.
BS297 Port Bruges, Boudewijn canal and Inner Port
The works mentioned in NTM-283 are finished. On Tuesday the 12th of November 2019 the water level of the Inner Port, the Boudewijn Canal and the port in Bruges will be normal.
BS272 Quay 530 – bollard 15
Bollard 15 at quay 530 is cannot be used until further notice.
BS261 Zwankendammebridge – reopened for all traffic
The Zwankendammebridge is open again for all traffic. NtM 254 is no longer valid.
BS210 damage quay 208 – bollards 56 and 57
Because of damage on a fender, mooring is forbidden at quay 208, between bollards 56 and 57, until further notice.
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.
BS163 Albert II dock position of buoys
Following buoys in the Albert II Dock are in position:
• Albert II dok ZA3 in position 51°20’93N – 003°11’10E
• Albert II dok ZA5 in position 51°20’85N – 003°11’00E
• Albert II dok ZA9 in position 51°20’81N – 003°10’90E
BS48 is cancelled.
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.
BS118 rearrangement of the buoys in the Zuidelijk Insteekdok – Inner Port Zeebrugge
The green buoy n°6 and the orange rubber buoy G1 are removed for practical reasons. The buoys are now in following position:
BUOY COLOR LAT LONG BEACONING OF DEPTH LINES
1 green 51°18'10,6" N 003°13'53,5" E -10m TAW
2 green 51°18'09,5" N 003°13'58,2" E -10m TAW
XG green 51°18'03,8" N 003°14'02,3" E -10m TAW
3 green 51°17'58,0" N 003°14'06,5" E -10m TAW
4 green 51°17'40.9" N 003°14'20.4" E -10m TAW
S1 orange rubber 51°17'39.4" N 003°14'21.84" E -3m TAW
All previous messages about the buoys in the Zuidelijke Insteekdok are no longer valid.
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: https://zedis.portofzeebrugge.be/
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.
BS302 Visart Lock zeebrugge - interruption for the shipping traffic
Due to maintenance works, the Visart Lock at Zeebrugge will not operate on Thursday the 21st of November 2019 from 0900hrs until 1200hrs or as much shorter as possible or longer as necessary.
BS279 P. Vandamme Lock Interruption for the shipping traffic
Due to repair works the P. Vandamme Lock will be interrupted for the shipping traffic on following dates:
- 30th of October 2019 from 07h00 till 13h00
- 12th of November 2019 from 08h00 till 13h00
- 13th of November 2019 from 08h00 till 13h00
- 14th of November 2019 from 08h00 till 13h00
- 19th of November 2019 from 08h00 till 13h00
- 26th of November 2019 from 08h00 till 13h00
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).
BS 217 ADJUSTMENT is cancelled.
BS163 Boudewijn Canal- signalisation A11-bridges and railway bridge