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Berths for inland shipping

If you are visiting the port of Rotterdam, you can make use of the berths for inland shipping. In the urban areas of Rotterdam a large number of public berths are available. The berths can be identified by traffic signs indicating that inland vessels can take berth. Berths in Rotterdam are intended for vessels in the categories indicated on the traffic signs and markings, such as barges and hazardous goods. You are allowed to use berths in the port of Rotterdam if you comply with the following criteria:

  • You have a permit on the basis of the Quay Dues Bye-law.
  • You have the permission of the renter or lessee of the site the berth is located on.
  • You have the permission of the Harbour Master.

Unless indicated otherwise, the berths can only be used by inland vessels that actively participate in professional shipping. You should be able to prove this by means of documents such as the sailing time book.

Special circumstances

It is possible that circumstances require the berth to be abandoned immediately. This can be the case for example if there is an impending danger, a special transport, a ship launch, an event, or if the berth gets a change of use. If this is the case, you will be informed via VHF. To take berth at another location, permission from the Harbour Coordination Centre is required.

Berths in Rotterdam and the Drecht cities

The maps show the berths for inland shipping in Rotterdam and the Drecht cities. The maps indicate the ships' maximum allowable length and the maximum number of ships allowed. The markings printed on the maps indicate the type of ship allowed to moor at that particular berth. The indication 3x>95 for example, means that a maximum of three ships longer than 95 meters are allowed to moor there. The indication B<35 means that only ships up to a combined width of 35 metres are allowed to moor there. The traffic signs on the map are part of the Inland Waterways Police Regulations. At some berths, ships are exempt from carrying anchor lights. You can find these in the Shipping announcements.

Berths in Rotterdam and the Drecht cities

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Availability of berths

The Port of Rotterdam Authority will be happy to assist you in finding an available berth. In the port of Rotterdam, you can check the current occupation of berths for inland shipping on a digital map. You can do so via the Inland Shipping Berth Information System (BLIS). The system helps you to avoid unnecessary shipping movements, reducing costs such as for fuel. BLIS originates from the Blauwe Golf Verbindend project. In this project, the Port Authority works with a number of parties to achieve a better exchange of information between waterway managers, waterway users and road traffic. In the future, it should also be possible to share information about opening hours of bridges and locks via this system. We are currently also developing an app.

Facilities

The port of Rotterdam offers a variety of facilities for inland shipping. Read more about the car landing berths, drinking water filling points and shore-based power facilities in the port of Rotterdam.

Bridges & locks in the port of Rotterdam

You may encounter bridges and locks in the port. More information about their opening times can be found on the website of the municipality of Rotterdam.

bridges and locks De Hef

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