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.

BS090 diving exercises fire department –Herders Bridge – Dudzele, Old Ferrydock and Prins Filipsdock


The fire department will conduct diving exercises, between 8h30 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 5th of April 2019
- Friday the 12th of April 2019
- Friday the 19th of April 2019
- Friday the 26th of April 2019
- Friday the 3th of May 2019
- Friday the 10th of May 2019
- Friday the 17th of May 2019
- Friday the 24th of May 2019
- Friday the 31st of May 2019
- Friday the 7th of June 2019
- Friday the 14th of June 2019
- Friday the 21st of June 2019
- Friday the 28th of June 2019

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

BS105 signalisation lights to mark the remaining piles in the water next to Zweedse kaai (K. 705) are working again


Signalisation lights placed on the remaining piles in the dock water next to the Zweedse kaai (K. 705) and near the Dwarskaai are working again.
The signalisations consists of 2 red lights above each other and a green light on top. The lights are visible from all directions and are conform article 17 of the Police and shipping regulations for the Belgian territorial sea, coastal ports and beaches.


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.


BS079 Inner Port - Southern Canal Dock- green buoy nr 4 temporary out of position


Following green buoy in the Southern Canal Dock is temporary out of position:

• Zuidelijk Insteekdok n° 4 in position 51°17’40.9” N – 003°14’20.4” E

BS113 P vandamme Lock Interruption for the shipping traffic


Due to major repair works the P. Vandamme lock will be interrupted for all traffic on following dates:

21st of May from 0700hrs until 1200hrs
11th of June from 0700hrs until 1200hrs
17th and 18th of June from 0700hrs until 1200hrs
25th and 26th of June from 0700hrs until 1200hrs

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