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.

BS86 Boudewijn Canal- interruption for the shipping traffic for ships with a height more than 15m on the 26th of August 2017

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On Saturday the 26th of August 2017 from 08h30 till 17h30 there will be an interruption for the shipping traffic on the Boudewijn Canal for ships with a height of more than 15m.

Ships with a height less than 15m can sail under the bridges.

BS 132 Zeebrugge Outer Harbour – leading line 136° repaired

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The lowest light of leading line 136° is repaired, BS129 is as from now expired.

BS 65 positioning of 6 Temporary Navigational Limit Piles at the entrance of the Brittania Dock

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Early June 6 Temporary Navigational limit Piles will be positioned at the entrance of the Brittania Dock (see attachment). The piles will indicate the safe fairway when executing the works in the Brittania Dock (extension of the jetties and widen the entrance).

Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of the 6 TNLP’s.

BS140 diving exercises fire department – Boudewijn Canal next to the Herders Bridge - Dudzele

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The fire department will conduct diving exercises between 9h30 am and 11h30 am in the Boudewijn Canal next to the Herders Bridge in Dudzele on the following dates:
- Friday the 14th of July 2017
- Friday the 21th of July 2017
- Friday the 28th of July 2017
- Friday the 4th of August 2017
- Friday the 11th of August 2017
- Friday the 18th of August 2017
- Friday the 25th of August 2017
- Friday the 1th of September 2017
- Friday the 8th of September 2017
- Friday the 15th of September 2017
- Friday the 22th of September 2017
- Friday the 29th of September 2017
Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of the Herders Bridge.

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/

BS151 diving operations on pontoon Linkspan 418 – quay 612.

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On Monday the 24th of July 2017 from 20h00 until Tuesday 25th of July 08h00, divers will be working on pontoon Linkspan 418 alongside quay 612 in the Outer Port of Zeebrugge.

Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of quay 612.

Binnenvaart

BS109 Boudewijn canal: repair works of teh bank in teh period from 1/8/17-31/12/17

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Repair works on the bank of the Boudewijn Canal will start from the 1st of August 2017.

The works are marked by the following signs.

-sign B8: Obligation to give the utmost attention

-sign E11: End of works

Vessels are requested to proceed with appropriate speed and caution in the vicinity of the works.

BS 135 Boudewijn Canal Brugge-Zeebrugge: works sea going floating sheerlegs Matador at quay 967 in Bruges

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On the 25th of July sea going floating sheerlegs Matador will unload 2 transformers and 2 radiators at quay 967 on the Boudewijn Canal . Matador will be assisted by tug Jan Leenheer. Both will carry out a listening watch on VHF channel 68. For unloading of the pieces, the floating sheerlegs will be moored using 2 anchors attached on the stern of the ship.

Small vessels are able to pass behind the floating sheerlegs, after a call on VHF channel 68 and after Matador has slacked his anchors. Other vessels are requested to give 20’ to 30’ notice in order for Matador to give way to commercial shipping traffic.

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

BS 138 remove of sheet piles on the Boudewijn canal at kilometer 7.4

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On the 1st and 2nd of August the sheet piles at kilometre 7.4 on the Boudewijn canal will be removed by pontoon Michaël (breadth of 15m) and assisting tug Ivo. A listening watch will be carried out on VHF channel 68 on both vessels.

Vessels are requested to give 30’ notice in order to give way to commercial shipping traffic.

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

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).