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.

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.

BS100 construction works at the north-western corner of the P. Vandamme Lock

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Construction works are taking place at the north-western corner of the P. Vandamme Lock.

Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of the north-western corner of the P. Vandamme Lock.

BS118 rearrangement of the buoys in the Zuidelijk Insteekdok – Inner Port Zeebrugge

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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.

BS166 diving exercises fire department –Herders Bridge – Dudzele, Old Ferrydock and Prins Filipsdock

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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, the Old Ferrydock and the Prins Filipsdock on the following dates:

- Friday the 6th of July 2018
- Friday the 13th of July 2018
- Friday the 20th of July 2018
- Friday the 27th of July 2018
- Friday the 3rd of August 2018
- Friday the 10th of August 2018
- Friday the 17th of August 2018
- Friday the 24th of August 2018
- Friday the 31st of August 2018
- Friday the 7th of September 2018
- Friday the 14th of September 2018
- Friday the 21st of September 2018
- Friday the 28th of September 2018

Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of the Herders Bridge, the Old Ferrydock and the Prins Filipsdock.

BS172 new signalisation on pole at the north-western corner of the P. Vandamme Lock

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The caisson used for the construction works at the north-western corner of the P. Vandamme Lock was damaged and must be dismantled.

After removing the caisson a sharp concrete construction will remain. The location is marked with an orange painted pole with a signal light with the following specifications:
-colour : yellow
- characteristics: flash light
- height: 8,15m LAT

Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of the north-western corner of the P. Vandamme Lock.

BS201 P. Vandamme Lock - Habitat in lock waters

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For works on the rails of lock gate 4 of the P. Vandamme Lock, the contractor will use a Habitat.

This Habitat will be placed on Wednesday the 8th of August 2018 and will remain in the lock until the end of the works. It is estimated that the works will last until the end of April 2019.

The top of the Habitat with all its attachments shall not be higher than -12.5 TAW. Taking into account an UKC of 3 meters, ships with a draft of more than 9,5 meters will be dependent on the tide.

Ships and lock master have to keep this in mind when ships are going through the lock and during the planning of the locks’ passages.

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.

BS255 Outer Port - Albert II Dock – Quay 129 – Fire Works on the 20th of September between 22h and 23h

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On Thursday, September 20th 2018, from 2200hrs until 2300hrs, the M/S Delphine will be christened at Berth 129. On this occasion, fireworks will take place. All necessary safety precautions have been taken.

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

BS241 P. Vandamme Lock - interruption for the shipping traffic

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Due to repair works the P. Vandamme lock will be interrupted for all navigation on:

- Tuesday 18th of September between 08h00 and 12h00
- Wednesday 19th of September between 08h00 and 12h00
- Thursday 20th of September between 08h00 and 20h00

or as much shorter as possible or longer as necessary.

All ships (inward- and outward bound) are requested to order the necessary tugs in due time (minimum 4 hrs in advance).

Visartsluis

BS 242 Visart Lock Zeebrugge - interruption for the shipping traffic

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Due to maintenance works the Visart Lock will be interrupted for all navigation from the 27th of August 2018 till the 5th of Octobre 2018