Legislation and regulations

Shipping regulations apply in the port of Rotterdam. These regulations contribute to the safety in of the port of Rotterdam. The Harbour Master enforces international, national and local laws and regulations in the ports of Rotterdam, Vlaardingen, Schiedam, Dordrecht, Papendrecht and Zwijndrecht.

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.

Local Regulations

Various Port Management Bye-Laws apply in the ports of Rotterdam, Vlaardingen, Schiedam, Dordrecht, Papendrecht and Zwijndrecht. The Port Management Bye-Laws specify the ‘house rules’ of the ports.

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 alllowed to use anchors or disinfect vessels.

Contact

Do you have a question or a comment about regulations or permits in the ports?
Please contact the Harbour Coordination Centre (HCC) via VHF channel 14 or:

Harbour Coordination Centre
+31 (0)10 252 1000

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