Use of spud poles (or anchors)
Rules for the use of spud poles are specified in the (new) port regulation 2020 under Article 3.7 ‘Use of anchors and spud poles’.
Spud poles are only permitted:
a. In areas designated by the college;
b. If this is in accordance with the traffic signs and further indications applied on site or with a decision with the same meaning as a traffic sign, or;
c. If the use thereof does not cause any damage to infrastructure, underground infrastructure installed in the underwater bed or shore or quay defences. A notification of this must be made to the harbour master prior to the use of spud poles.
Item b). The relevant Shipping Announcements are:
• Shipping Announcement also Traffic Order Calandkanaal/Seinehaven/Hartelkanaal
• Announcement with the same meaning as a traffic sign regarding the use of spud poles, Yangzekanaal/Europahaven/Mississippihaven/Hartelhaven/Waalhaven, Rotterdam
Item c) This is a change with respect to the previous regulation. The use of spud poles was initially forbidden therein. It was possible to apply for an exemption when a vessel wanted to use a berth with spud poles outside an area that had been designated.
Since the entry into force of the new port regulation on 6 January, the use of spud poles outside the designated areas is, in principle, permitted if no damage is caused to the infrastructure, the underground infrastructure installed in the underwater bed or shore quay defences. You must always report this to the harbour master prior to use.
Please note! You should always ensure that the use of spud poles cannot cause any damage prior to installing them.
Up-to-date information about the infrastructure, underground infrastructure installed in the underwater bed or shore and quay defences is available from the harbour master and can be requested from the HCC. Naturally, we endeavour to provide you with information immediately. However, because this information must first be requested from the relevant soil manager, this will not always be possible. We therefore ask that you inform us of your intention to install spud poles as early as possible.
Finally, the Port of Rotterdam Authority has contracts with various contractors. These parties are familiar with the current status of the soil, infrastructure and frameworks. The obligation to report to the harbour master also applies to them in this case.
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.