International, European, national and local laws apply in the Port of Antwerp-Bruges port area. The Harbour Master's Office in Antwerp and Zeebrugge issues general harbour regulations, the Port Police Regulation, for its jurisdiction. This port regulation lays down provisions concerning the environment, traffic and safety. There are also a number of specific regulations and directives, for example on tariffs.

General port regulation

All persons entering the port area must comply with the regulations of the port police regulation. Among other things, these rules pertain to:

 

  • order and safety, and environmental protection
  • shipping
  • storage and handling of bulk goods
  • public port services and other port services
  • penalties

 

A number of provisions of the port police regulation are detailed or practically elaborated in the Port Instructions.

 

  • order and safety and environmental protection: ISPS, emergency service access, boat trips, fishing
  • Shipping: VHF radio requirement, priority rules, moorings, locks, diving tasks, shore power facilities, waste collection, fumigation
  • storage and handling of goods: dangerous and polluting goods, class 7 goods, used vehicles
  • public port services and other port services: pilots, towage, bunkering

Applicable to the Antwerp port area.

The general port police regulations

27/4/2022
Applicable to the Antwerp port area.
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Port directive applicable for the Antwerp port area. (Only in Dutch)

The port directive

20/6/2023
Port directive applicable for the Antwerp port area. (Only in Dutch)
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Applicable to the Antwerp port area. (Dutch only)

The general port regulation

20/5/2022
Applicable to the Antwerp port area. (Dutch only)
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Applicable to the Bruges port area. (Dutcj only)

The general port regulation - Amendments

20/5/2022
Applicable to the Bruges port area. (Dutcj only)
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Specific regulations, instructions, directives, and tariffs

The port regulations also include rules and rates for services.

Concessions

Applicable for the Antwerp port area.

Concession rates 2024

5/1/2024
Applicable for the Antwerp port area.
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Maritime shipping

Applicable for the Antwerp port area.

Tariff regulations for sea-going vessels 2024

18/1/2024
Applicable for the Antwerp port area.
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Applicable to the Antwerp port area.

Tariff regulations for waste of sea-going vessels 2024

18/12/2023
Applicable to the Antwerp port area.
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Inland navigation

Applicable to the Antwerp port area.

Tariff regulation for inland navigation 2024

26/2/2024
Applicable to the Antwerp port area.
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Towage

Applicable in the Antwerp port area.

Tariff regulation for towing in the docks 2024

7/2/2024
Applicable in the Antwerp port area.
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Applicable to the Antwerp port area.

Towage regulation 2017

6/9/2022
Applicable to the Antwerp port area.
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Restaurants and cafes

Applicable for the Antwerp port area. (Dutch only)

Tariff regulations for catering activities (food and drink outlets) 2024

5/1/2024
Applicable for the Antwerp port area. (Dutch only)
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Applicable to the Antwerp port area. (Dutch only)

Tariff regulations for catering activities 2024

5/1/2024
Applicable to the Antwerp port area. (Dutch only)
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Events

Applicable in the sea port area of Antwerp. (Only in Dutch)

Tariff regulations for events 2023

28/12/2022
Applicable in the sea port area of Antwerp. (Only in Dutch)
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Dry docks

Applicable to the Antwerp port area. (Dutch only)

Tariff regulations for the use of dry docks 2024

18/12/2023
Applicable to the Antwerp port area. (Dutch only)
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Water-bound oil spills

Applicable to the Antwerp port area. (Dutch only)

Tariff regulations for water-bound oil spills - 2021

20/5/2022
Applicable to the Antwerp port area. (Dutch only)
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Brabo floating derrick crane

Applicable to the Antwerp port area. (Dutch only)

Tariff regulations for the use of floating derrick crane Brabo 2024

18/12/2023
Applicable to the Antwerp port area. (Dutch only)
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Use of land in the port area

Applicable to the Antwerp port area. (Dutch only)

Regulation on the use of land in the port area 2024

29/12/2023
Applicable to the Antwerp port area. (Dutch only)
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Use of quays

Applicable to the Antwerp port area. (Dutch only)

Regulations on the use of quays and sheds in the port area 2024

29/12/2023
Applicable to the Antwerp port area. (Dutch only)
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Port traffic regulations

Specialised port vehicles such as straddle carriers typically operate on private land. Do you plan to drive one of these port vehicles on public roads? Then the vehicle must comply with the port traffic regulation. This regulation is a supplement to the highway code.

Port traffic regulations

Maritime shipping

Applicable to the Bruges port area. (Dutch only)

Information brochure from the Harbour Master's Office

1/6/2022
Applicable to the Bruges port area. (Dutch only)
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Applicable to the Bruges port area.

Tariff regulation on sea-going vessels 2024

7/2/2024
Applicable to the Bruges port area.
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Safety rules

Applicable to the Bruges port area. (Dutch only)

General safety requirements at terminals, quays, jetties, landing bridges, pontoons and other port infrastructure

20/5/2022
Applicable to the Bruges port area. (Dutch only)
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Bunkering

Applicable to the Bruges port area. (Dutch only)

Bunkering regulations

20/5/2022
Applicable to the Bruges port area. (Dutch only)
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Underwater cleaning

Applicable to the Bruges port area. (Dutch only)

Underwater cleaning regulations

20/5/2022
Applicable to the Bruges port area. (Dutch only)
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Geozone and drones

These regulations apply to the port area of Zeerbugge. Only available in Dutch.

Regulations for Geographic UAS Zone - Geozone

20/5/2022
These regulations apply to the port area of Zeerbugge. Only available in Dutch.
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Manuel for the drone portal idronect for drone flights in the port area of Zeebrugge?

Drone portal

20/5/2022
Manuel for the drone portal idronect for drone flights in the port area of Zeebrugge?
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Pleasure cruises

Appicable to the Bruges port area. (Dutch only)

Directives for pleasure craft

20/5/2022
Appicable to the Bruges port area. (Dutch only)
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Codex dangerous goods

Codex for handling dangerous goods in Zeebrugge. (Only in Dutch)

Codex dangerous goods

29/12/2022
Codex for handling dangerous goods in Zeebrugge. (Only in Dutch)
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