Legislation and regulations
For a safe port
The Harbour Master enforces (inter)national and local laws and regulations in the ports of Rotterdam, Vlaardingen, Schiedam, Dordrecht, Papendrecht and Zwijndrecht.
Forms and checklists
Shipping regulations apply in the port of Rotterdam. These regulations contribute to the safety in of the port of Rotterdam.
International regulations are issued by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). An example is SOLAS (with additions such as the IMDG Code and the IBC) The International SOLAS Convention is seen as the most important treaty concerning the safety of seagoing vessels. The SOLAS Convention establishes rules for the construction, equipment and operation of vessels. In addition, national regulations apply in the port of Rotterdam. Furthermore, the ADN and the Inland Waterways Police Regulations apply, just like on other Dutch inland waterways.
For safety reasons various Port Bye-Laws apply in the ports of Rotterdam, Vlaardingen, Schiedam, Dordrecht, Papendrecht and Zwijndrecht. The Port Bye-Laws specify the ‘house rules’ of the ports. The same rules apply for the Amsterdam port region.
Permits and exemptions
Under certain circumstances the Harbour Master may grant permits, exemptions, approvals or directions. The Harbour Master for example grants permits for the operation of communication vessels or for lashing containers on seagoing vessels. Furthermore, the Harbour Master may grant exemptions from certain provisions in the port regulations. For example, under certain conditions it may be allowed to use anchors or disinfect vessels.