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.
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.
BS075 search with sonar and possibly diving operations on corner Isabellalaan and Kiwiweg
On Monday the 25th of March 2019 from 7h00 till 18h00 , a search with sonar will take place and possibly divers will be working at the quay on the corner of the Isabellalaan and the Kiwiweg in the Inner Port of Zeebrugge.
Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of the corner of the Isabellalaan and the Kiwiweg.
BS072 zeebrugge outer port- dredging operations Brittania dock and AB-II dock
On Thursday the 21st of March 2019 dredging operations will start in the Brittania dock and then in the AB-II dock. The first 4-5 weeks the dredging operations will take place south of the LNG-buoy (see drawing in attachment).
The dipper dredger “DN40” (assisted by DN87) will load the dredging substance in the split hopper barge “Geelvinck”, who will discharge it on the “ Paardenmarkt” in front of Knokke.
Above mentioned vessels will hold a listening watch on VHF-channel 71.
In order not to disturb commercial shipping, vessels are asked to give a notice of 30’ when passing the dredging area.
Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of the dredging operations.
The works in the Brittania dock and the AB-II dock will last until mid-May 2019 or as much shorter as possible or longer as necessary.
BS048 Outer Port – Albert II dock – green buoy ZA5 temporary out of position
Following buoy in the Albert II Dock is temporary out of position:
• Albert II dok ZA5 in position 51°20,87’ N – 003°11,07’ E
BS320 diving exercises fire department –Herders Bridge – Dudzele, Old Ferrydock and Prins Filipsdock
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 4th of January 2019
- Friday the 11th of January 2019
- Friday the 18th of January 2019
- Friday the 25th of January 2019
- Friday the 1st of February 2019
- Friday the 8th of February 2019
- Friday the 15th of February 2019
- Friday the 22nd of February 2019
- Friday the 1st of March 2019
- Friday the 8th of March 2019
- Friday the 15th of March 2019
- Friday the 22nd of March 2019
- Friday the 29th of March 2019
Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of the Herders Bridge, the Old Ferrydock and the Prins Filipsdock.
BS100 construction works at the north-western corner of the P. Vandamme Lock
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.
BS270 Prohibition to moor at the western side of the seaward lock entrance of the P. Vandamme Lock
During the construction works at the north-western corner of the P. Vandamme Lock (see NtM-100) it is forbidden to moor at the western side of the seaward lock entrance of the P. Vandamme Lock.
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.
BS201 P. Vandamme Lock - Habitat in lock waters
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.
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.
BS059 Inner port Qouthern inlet dock red buoy is taken away
Following red buoy in the Southern Inlet dock is taken away this afternoon:
• Southern Inlet Dock original position 51° 18,14’ N – 003°14,20’ E
BS033 P. Vandamme Lock - interruption for the shipping traffic
Due to major repair works on lock gate 4 and bridges 2 and 3 the P. Vandamme lock will be interrupted for all navigation from Tuesday the 12th of March 2019 until Friday the 5th of April 2019 (Previous interruptions listed on BS-015 remains in force).
During the abovementioned period, the lock will be interrupted from Tuesday until Friday from 7h until 12h,
or as much shorter as possible or longer as necessary.
On Wednesday the 13th of March the lock will be interrupted from 7h until 19h (instead of 12h).
On Tuesday the 2nd and Thursday the 4th of April, the lock will be interrupted from 7h until 19h (instead of 12h) due to works by De Lijn on bridge number 2.
All ships (inward- and outward bound) are requested to order the necessary tugs in due time (minimum 4 hrs in advance).
BS163 Boudewijn Canal- signalisation A11-bridges and railway bridge