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.



BS 58 Additional regulations maritime traffic from arrival LNG bunker vessel


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.



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


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:

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.

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:

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.

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.

BS158 Boudewijnkanaal blue algea


The laboratory of the city of Bruges found blue algea in the water of the Boudewijn Canal. It is forbidden for humans and animals to come into contact with water from the Boudewijn Canal or to consume / use this water in any way. There is a complete ban on all water recreation (canoe, rowing, fishing, swimming, water skiing, ...) in the canal.

BS160 Vélo Baroque on the 10th and the 11th of August 2019


As part of a cultural event (bicycle tour- Vélo Baroque) a sound system with ship’s horns will be tested at P&O Quay 205-207 on Saturday the 10th of August 2019, from 14h00 until 18h00 and on Sunday the 11th of August 2019, from 11h00 until 13h00.
The event itself will take place at the 11th of August 2019, from 13h30-15h30, where music will be played by the prepared ship’s horns.

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.


BS 26 Swinging - Boudewijn Canal


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


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.…

BS162 is cancelled.


BS139 P. Vandamme Lock - interruption for the shipping traffic


Due to maintenance works the P. Vandamme Lock will be interrupted for the shipping traffic on:
Thursday the 4th of July 2019 from 07h00 until 12h00
Wednesday the 7th of August 2019 from 07h00 until 11h00

In addition for replacing door 4, the PVD lock will be interrupted on Tuesday the 9th of July 2019 from 07h00 until 19h00

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).