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/

BS155 rearrangement of the buoys in the Zuidelijk Insteekdok

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The dredging activities alongside quay 520 and 519 are completed. The buoys are now in following position (see for more details attachments):

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
5 green 51°17'42.6" N 003°14'25.8" E -10m TAW
6 green 51°17'42.4" N 003°14'28.2" E -10m TAW
S1 Schotse blaas 51°17'39.4" N 003°14'21.84" E -3m TAW
G1 Schotse blaas 51°17'37.9" N 003°14'21.78" E -3m TAW

All earlier messages about these buoys are cancelled.

BS191 Correction rearrangement of the buoys in the Zuidelijk Insteekdok – Inner Port Zeebrugge

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Buoy 5 was recently removed. The remaining buoys are in following position (see attachment for more details):

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
6 green 51°17'42.4" N 003°14'28.2" E -10m TAW
S1 Schotse blaas 51°17'39.4" N 003°14'21.84" E -3m TAW
G1 Schotse blaas 51°17'37.9" N 003°14'21.78" E -3m TAW

All earlier messages about these buoys are cancelled. BS155 also is cancelled.

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.

BS226 dredging works Brittaniadock - realization of an underwater dam wall

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On October 18th, dredging works will start in the Brittaniadock. The pontoon with crane “Neptunus” will dredge the area around the northern breakwater of Brittaniadock, the dredged material will be loaded into the hopper barges “Otter” and “Bever”, which will be discharged on the Paardenmarkt.
The vessels will listen to VHF-channel 71.
Passage for the shipping is guaranteed. Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of the Brittaniadock.
The works in the Brittaniadock will last approximately until the end of March 2018 or as much shorter as possible or longer as necessary.

BS235 Visart Lock repaired

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The Visart Lock at Zeebrugge operates normally.

BS003 piles on the most Southern part of the Swedish Quay

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(null)On the most Southern part of the Swedish Quay are 3 piles protrude above water. These 3 piles are only visible with low water. They are NOT visible with high water.

Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of the Southern part of the Swedish Quay until further notice.

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

BS010 P. Vandamme Lock Interruption for the shipping traffic

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Due to maintenance works the P. Vandamme Lock will be interrupted for the shipping traffic on Tuesday the 23rd of January 2018 form 08h00 till 14h00.

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).