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North Sea Canal and IJmuiden

1. General

1.1 Nautical Management
The responsibility for ensuring safe and efficient management of the shipping in Dutch waters in the IJmuiden - North Sea Channel area lies with the Ministrv of Transport and Public Works. The various duties and powers essential to the nautical management of these waters, which include exemptions from compulsory pilotage, ad hoc compulsory pilotage, admission policy, reports such as those referred to in Sections 3, 4, 5, etc. have been assigned to the proper authorities. The director of the Gemeentelijk Haven Bedrijf (Port Authority of Amsterdam) otherwise known as GHB has been designated as the competent authority as referred to in the Shipping Act, Article 2, and the Regulation dealing with the designation of the competent authority.

Operational powers are exercised from the control Tower; Harbour Operations Center, which gives accommodation to the traffic sectors:

  • Traffic Center IJmuiden which controls the international and national territorial waters in the approach to the port of IJmuiden;
  • IJmuiden Port Control which controls the Outer harbour of IJmuiden and the Lock Coordination Centre by:
  • Traffic Control which coordinates all shipping consultation with the authorities concerned. All licenses required for entering and for lock clearance can he applied for here.
  • The traffic sector: IJmuiden Locks which controls the North Sea Locks complex.
  • The traffic sector Traffic Service North Sea Canal which controls the North Sea Canal Area from the locks up to 11.2 km; and Side Canal A and the Inner Harbours. 

1.2 Pilot service
The Regional Pilots Corporation Amsterdam - IJmond is responsible for ensuring 'proper professional practice' by the pilots in the IJmond -North Sea Canal area, as referred to in article 15 of the Piloting Act and article 10 of the Shipping Traffic Act.
With a view to maintaining an efficient service the pilots have concentrated their supporting duties in Facilitair bedrijf Loodswezen B.V., which has been entrusted with the planning, the equipment which is to he employed and with collecting the pilotage dues.
Pilots' summons must, in conformity with the Regulation for communication and for applications of pilots of April 1999, be directed to the report address: 'Pilot VTS IJmuiden', in accordance with the procedure described in further detail in Section 5.

2. Definitions

  1. Draft
  2. Vessels restricted to channels
  3. Position at which piloting starts 
  4. Compulsory piloting in shipping lanes IJmuiden - North Sea Canal area
  5. Certified pilots
  6. Facilitair bedrijf Loodswezen B.V.
  7. Vessels qualifying for compulsory piloting
  8. Non-compliance
  9. Shore based pilotage
  10. Coordination platform


2.1 Draft
All drafts listed here have been calculated for salt water with a specific density of 1.026.

2.2 Vessels restricted to channels
Vessels with a draft exceeding 137 dm. (45 feet) are restricted to channels.

2.3 Position at which piloting starts
a) 52º 28' 48"N and 04º 25' 36"E, between 3 and 7 nautical miles west of the breakwaters, near the leading line.
b) 52º 30' 00"N and 03º 50' 00"E, in the approach area to the IJ-Channel for vessels
restricted to channels.

2.4 Compulsory piloting in shipping lanes lJmuiden - North Sea Channel area
The shipping lanes referred to in article 10 of the Shipping Traffic Act have been  designated as shipping lanes in which piloting is compulsory.
The lanes in the lJmuiden - North Sea area requiring compulsory piloting are indicated in the appendix to the Shipping Act and described in detail in Section 1.1 of this directive.

2.5 Certified pilots
Piloting in shipping lanes in which this is compulsory is carried out by certified pilots. Certified pilots are listed by name and with mention of their qualifications in the public pilots' register. They belong to the Netherlands Pilots' Corporation (Nederlandse Loodsen Corporatie; NLC) and to one of the four Regional Pilots' Corporations (Regionale Loodsen Corporaties; RLC's).
For the lJmuiden - North Sea Channel area, the RLC Amsterdam - IJmond is the contact point for practical and executive matters concerning pilotage.
Regionally, the certified pilots offer their services as professionals working alone or organized in partnerships. They alone are qualified to perform pilots' services on:

  • ships for which pilotage is compulsory.
  • ships which voluntarily make use of the services of a pilot in shipping lanes where pilotage is compulsory.

2.6 Facilitair bedrijf Loodswezen B.V.
Support (in the form of personnel on ship and on shore, vessels, buildings, etc.) is provided to the certified pilots by Pilot Association, which is also responsible for collecting pilotage dues.

2.7 Vessels qualifying for compulsory piloting
a) For vessels qualifying for compulsory piloting, length shall be understood to refer to: the length as determined in article 1, subsection M of the Certificate of Registry Act 1981 (Stb.122) and stated on an International Certificate of Registry (1969) as referred to in article 1, subsection i of this act.
b) Sea vessels with a length exceeding 60 meters, or vessels with a hazardous cargo as referred to in article I, section 1, subsection D of the Compulsory Pilotage Decree or vessels upon which compulsory piloting has been imposed ad hoc, shall be subject to more stringent compulsory piloting, unless a dispensation or exemption has been granted pursuant to article 5 of the Compulsory Pilotage Decree.
c) Vessels passing through the North Sea locks and with a beam exceeding 35 meters, and vessels which are restricted to channels must employ the services of two pilots.

2.8 Non-compliance
Non-compliance with the regulations in respect of compulsory pilotage will be penalized, in addition to payment of the pilotage dues.
The penalty to be imposed is derived from article 31, section 5 of the Shipping Traffic Act and may consist of a maximum term of imprisonment of two months or a fine in the third category (current maximum f 10,000.-).

2.9 Shore based pilotage
If the pilot is unable to perform his duties on board the vessel to be piloted, he is authorized to extend his services from shore or from a different ship.
Remote piloting (loodsen op afstand; LOA) from the shore is carried out in IJmuiden from the Harbour Operations Center on the sea route in cases where piloting has been discontinued outside the harbour in connection with weather conditions or if tile safety of tile vessel in thes hipping lane in which pilotage is compulsory is endangered to such an extent that remote piloting is essential to the safe pilotage of the vessel. Shore based pilotage is available for ships with a limited length only.

2.10 Coordination platform
Shipping as a product merits a joint approach from the Lock Center and Loodswezen/ Pilot service. The various reports and responsibilities will be geared towards one another and, wherever necessary, coordinated. 
For the purpose of this coordination Loodswezen has agreed that qualified persons will be present at all times at the Harbour Operations Center.

These persons will be from:
Amsterdam Port Authority
Nautical Sector
- the head of Planning and Control/VTS IJmuiden (Lock Centre) Loodswezen
- the Chief Pilot
- the Pilot dispatcher

The Loodswezen can be reached at the report address:
Pilot VTS IJmuiden
Harbour Operations Center
Seinpostweg 19
1976 BT IJmuiden
Tel: 0225-5645 00
Fax: 0255-53 25 35
Telex: 7 11 69 PIVTS NL
VHF Radio: Block Channel 07 (24 hrs)

The head of Planning and Control (APA) can be reached at:
Lock Coordination Center
Middensluisweg 2
1975 AL IJmuiden
Tel: 0255-52 39 34, 0255-51 44 57
Telefax: 0255-53 51 44
Telex : 71169
VHF Radio: via the traffic stations (24 hrs)

3. Maximum dimensions and drafts permitted

3.1 IJ-channel

3.1.1 Maximum draft
The approach channel to the harbour entrance of lJmuiden (IJChannel) and the channel in the outer harbour of IJmuiden through the northern outer channel to Outer Quay no. 2 of the Hoogovens is accessible to ships with a maximum draft of 165 dm. (54 feet 1 inch).

3.1.2 Slewing round off Outer Quay 2 of the Hoogovens
In connection with the available space off Outer Quay 2, vessels which have to swing around may/should:

  • not have an overall length exceeding 300 meters, if their draft is 165 dm.
  • lie no deeper than 121 dm. if the overall length is between 300 and 350 meters.
  • consult with Traffic Control, in connection with the available water depth, with regard to the time at which this manoeuvre should be started, if the overall length of the vessel is between 250 and 300 meters, and the draft exceeds 150 dm.

3.2 North Sea Locks at IJmuiden

3.2.1 Maximum dimensions without a license 
For passing through the North Sea Locks without a license the following maximum dimensions apply:

  • overall length 325 meters;
  • beam 42 meters;
  • draft 131 dm. (43 feet).

3.2.2 Maximum draft with license
Locking through the North Sea Locks with a license is permitted for vessels up to a maximum draft of 137 dm. (45 feet) and a maximum beam of 43 meters.

3.2.3 Maximum beam with license
Locking through the North Sea Locks with a license is permitted for vessels up to maximum beam 45 m.

note:
Should the beam exceed 43 meters, restrictions will apply with regard to the maximum permitted draft. Applications for such licenses will be assessed per case on basis of tentatively fixed criteria.

4. Licenses

Licenses are necessary:

  • for exceeding the maximum permitted draft and/or beam
  • for sailing with a special transport;
  • for organizing special events etc.;
  • for carrying out work which could endanger shipping traffic;

and should be applied for at least seven days in advance through Traffic Control at the Lock Coordination Center.
On granting a license the competent authority may, pursuant to article 11, subsection C of the Shipping Traffic Act, require the use of more than one pilot.

5. Administrative reporting procedures

  1. How to make administrative reports
  2. Improved reporting regulations for pilots requested by sea-going vessels arriving at or departing from ports in the Amsterdam North Sea Canal area
    Introduction
    New regulations requesting pilots
    Reporting regulations in relation to the sequence of lockage
  3. For vessels restricted to channels
  4. Time of report for sea vessels with a cargo of hazardous substances
  5. Time of report for vessels with license
  6. Content administrative reports
    Report of arrival
    Departure report (DR) Shifting report (SR)

5.1 How to make administrative reports
All sea-going traffic is obligated under the Shipping Traffic Act article 4 and the Regulation for Pilots' applications to report their arrival in the pilot area at IJmuidcn and their departure from a harbour in the IJmuiden-North Sea Channel area to:
Pilot VTS IJmuiden
Tel: 0255-5645 00
Fax: 0255-53 25 35
Telex: 71169 PIVTS NL
VHF radio: through the Block Channel of VTS-IJmuiden (24 hrs)
A 6,3 and 1 hrs notice for incoming vessels is required.
A 4 hrs notice for outgoing vessels in required. 
Alternations in notices of ? hr or more must be reported.

5.2 Improved reporting regulations for pilots requested by sea-going vessels arriving at or departing from ports in the Amsterdam North Sea Canal area

Introduction
The departmental Regulation for communication and for applications of pilots of April 1999 establishes the obligations that captains must comply with in requesting pilots. The regulations establish the terms that captains of sea-going vessels must observe when requesting pilots. They also determine to whom such requests must be made. The new means of communication and information systems necessitate a revision of the current reporting rules. 

The request for pilots is not only important to ensure the pilot's timely arrival on board. The time when piloting activities commence marks the start of activities for several services involved in dealing with sea-going vessels and shipping traffic. This includes the Central Nautical Administration and tugboat companies. The Central Nautical Administration is responsible for nautical waterways traffic, including the lockage of sea-going vessels through the North Sea locks at IJmuiden. To ensure the most efficient use of available lock capacity, (sea-going) ships will be included in a planning system that continually adjusts to the actual situation. In this regard, accurate information about the expected piloting times (ETA/ETD) is essential. This is especially true for larger wind-sensitive sea-going vessels for which lockage through the Northern Locks is the only possibility. 

Also to ensure good planning and efficient use of tugboats, the reporting of piloting times should be accurate and reliable. Agreement has been reached within the Commission for Ship's Movement of the North Sea Canal Area Shipping and Industrial Association, in which the Central Nautical Administration, pilotage, ship brokers and tugboat companies are represented, concerning new reporting regulations for sea-going vessels.

New regulations requesting pilots
ETA reports relating to pilot requests from captains of vessels arriving from sea:

  1. ships with a draught of more than 13.70 metres , which musst use the IJ-channel: at least twenty-four hours prior to arrival at the helicopter rendez-vous (52'30'N03'50'E), with a confirmation eight hours before arrival.
  2. all other ship arrivals at IJmuiden Racon buoy:
    - six hours prior to arrival
    - subsequently, three hours before arrival
    - and once more, one hour before arrival
    - deviations in the announced arrival times, of thirty minutes or more, should be immediately reported, starting three hours before arrival.

ETD reports relating to pilot requests from captains of vessels arriving from sea:

  1. ships with a draught of more than 13.72 metres, which must use the IJ-channel: at least eight hours before departure. Deviations in the announced departure times of thirty minutes or more should be immediately reported, starting three hours before departure.
  2. all other ships: at least four hours before departure. Deviations in the announced departure times of thirty minutes or more, should be reported immediately. The reports should be done by (satellite) telex, (satellite) fax of (satellite) telephone (+31-255) 564 500, within VHF range at the IJmuiden Traffic Control Centre VHF Channel 88.

Reporting regulations in relation to the sequence of lockage
At the locks center (SLC), ETAs and ETDs are continually monitored. With the aid of an information system, based on expected shipping traffic, a preliminary lock planning will be maintained. Based on the actual positions of ships and the expected arrival times at the locks, a definitive lock planning will be made. 

The Assignment of ships to specific locks takes place for ships arriving from sea, after piloting offshore and for ships going to sea at the Houtrak Pumping Station (10.7 km). Large, wind sensitive vessels will be assigned to the Northern Lock. If several ships are expected around the same time at this lock the following rule will apply in principle: first come, first served. For reasons of safety and efficiency, however, it is necessary that the arrival of sea-going vessels be carefully regulated at the Norther Lock. In this regard, the following rules apply:

  • for sea-going vessels dependent on tides, the Lock Centre, after consulting with the pilot service, will determine a tide-related lockage period in conjunction with the arrival time at the Northern Lock.
  • if one or more ships from sea are expected arrival time at the locks when the locks have bee planned for a sea-going vessel departing for sea, or if only one ship at a time can go through the locks, the Lock Centre may, after consulting with the pilot services, request one or more of these ships to adjust its speed.
  • if two sea-going vessels with announced departure times cannot pass through the locks simultaneously, if they have virtually identical lock ETAs, the Amsterdam Port Office will attempt to determine an urgency priority between these two ships, with the intervention of agents. If both agents agree, the departure time of one ship will be delayed.
  • ships that, thirty minutes after the announced departure time (ETD), have not yet cast off, will not automatically retain their place in the preliminary lock planning. If the expected time of lock arrival (ETA) of other ships, which could depart or are en route, is close to the original lock ETA of the ship with a delay of more than thirty minutes, the other ship will then go ahead.

The basis for the smooth operation of these regulations is timely and accurate information about the ETAs and ETDs of sea-going vessels. With the help of this information, maximum use can be made of available lock capacity, thereby avoiding unnecessary loss of time for sea-going ships. Also, these regulations contribute to an efficient use of pilots and the available tugboat capacity.

5.3 For vessels restricted to channels
For vessels resticted to channels the report referred to above in 5.1, should be made at least 24 hours in advance to allow time for drawing up a sailing plan and to apply for a pilot, and confirmed at least 8 hours before arrival rendez-vous at 52º 30'N-03º 50'E. This should be corrected should a delay of an hour or more occur.

5.4 Time of report for sea vessels with a cargo of hazardous substances
The report mentioned in 5.1 of this section should, in the case of inward bound vessels carrying hazardous substances and hence which must, pursuant to article 12 or article 23 of the Regulation Transport hazardous substances carry a signal, be made at least 24 hours before entering Dutch territorial waters.

5.5 Time of report for vessels with license
The report mentioned in 5.1 of this section should be made by vessels with a license as referred to in section 4 at least 7 days before arrival rendez-vous at 52º 30'N-03º 50'E.

5.6 Content administrative reports

Report of arrival (RA)

Code Reports Details Correction report

(Alpha)
Name
Call sign 
Flag of vessel
   
 
B
(Bravo)
Date and time of the report 
(hours and minutes)
   
 

(Golf)
Last port of call    
 

(India)
Port/berth of destination    
 
J
(Juliet)
Date and time in hours and minutes at which pilot is required at the usual piloting position
Pilot wanted yes/no
This report should be made 6 hours in advance, subsequently 3 hours before arrival, and once more one hour before arrival

In case a delay of the over 30 minutes

 
O
(Oscar)
Drafts in meters and centimetres If draft >13.1 m and <13.7 m, a license will be required for passing through locks, 7 days in advance  
    Draft >13.7 m confirmation 24 hours     in advance, recall 8 hours in advance In case of a delay of over 30 minutes
 
P
(Papa)
Quantity and type:
- inward cargo 
- outward cargo 
- transit cargo 
- hazardous cargo (IMO) 

For tankers: 
- not gas free 
- inert 
- ballast
- last cargo carried

   
 
Q
(Quebec)
- Damage to vessel or cargo hazardous substances; 
- repairs and/or cleaning 
- protruding ship parts or cargo
   
 
T
(Tango)
Name Location Agent. Telephone Telephone after office hours    
 

(Uniform)
Overall length, beam gross tonnage, D.W.T. and type of vessel If beam > 42 m and <45 m and/or length >325 m, <370 m a license will be required for passing through locks, time report 7 days in advance  
 

(X-ray)
Notes:
a. Purpose of the visit 
b. Planned departure - date - time
c. Destination 
d. Required documents: 
 1. expiring date of certificate   of fitness
 2. checklist vessels carrying dangerous goods, harmful substances and/or marine pollutants
 3. Certificate of liability
 4. Certificate gasfree vessel (OBO carriers)
e. Name
Protection & Indemnity
(P&I-Club)
   

Departure report (DR) Shifting report (SR)

Code Reports Details Correction report

(Alpha)
Name 
Call sign
Flag of vessel
   
 
B
(Bravo)
Date and time of the report 
(hours and minutes)
   
 

(Golf)
Berth of departure    
 

(India)
Port/berth of destination    
 
J
(Juliet)
Date and time in hours and minutes at which pilot is required at the berth
Pilot wanted yes/no
This report should be made 4 hours in advance.

In case a delay of the over 30 minutes

 
O
(Oscar)
Drafts in meters and centimetres at departure Same as coming in, report 8 hours in advance In case of a delay of over 30 minutes
 
P
(Papa)
Quantity and type:
- Cargo 
- Hazardous substances 
- (IMO) 
   
 
Q
(Quebec)
Same as om coming in    
 
T
(Tango)
Name
Location Agent Telephone
Telephone after office hours
   
 

(Uniform)
Overall length, beam gross tonnage, D.W.T. and type of vessel    
 

(X-ray)
Tug boats (number)    
 
Note:
The article above do not release the master from his duty to make reports while participating in traffic in the VTS area under the control of Amsterdam Port Authority in conformity with the Regulation for communication and for applications of pilots of April 1999 (as included in the following paragraphs).

6. VHF Radio Block Areas

6.1 Outside the harbour

6.1.1 In the approach area to IJmuiden seaward from a circular roadstead with a radius of 5 sea miles (starting from the mouth of the harbour), communication with the Traffic Center is maintained on VHF radio channel 07.
Call sign: Traffic Center IJmuiden.

6.1.2 Within a circular roadstead with a radius of 5 sea miles (starting from the mouth of the harbour), up to the line which runs over the jetties of the Outer Harbour, communication with the Traffic Centre is maintained on VHF radio channel 61.
Call sign: IJmuiden Port Control or IJmuiden Haven.

6.2 Inside the harbour

6.2.1 VHF Radio Channel 61 has been assigned to the area from the line which runs over the jetties of the Outer Harbour up to the North Sea locks.
Communication with the Traffic Centre is also maintained on this channel.
Call sign: IJmuiden Port Control or IJmuiden Haven.

6.2.2 VHF radio Channel 3 has been assigned to the area on the North Sea Canal from the North Sea locks to kilometre pole 11.2 (at the pumping station).
Communication with the Traffic Centre is also maintained on this channel.
Call sign: Verkeersdienst Noordzeekanaal/Sector North Sea Canal.

6.2.3 VHF radio Channel 4 has been assigned to the area on the North Sea Canal east of kilometre pole 11.2. VHF radio channel 4 has been assigned to the area onto the North Sea Canal east of kilometre pole 17.1.
The nautical information exchange is completed by the Port Management Amsterdam Nautical Sector East.
Call sign: Amsterdam Port Control.

6.2.4 VHF radio channel 22 has been assigned to the North Sea Locks Area. Communications with the Lock Coordination and the Locks independently are maintained on this channel.
Call sign: IJmuiden Locks.

6.3 Use of channel 4

In the Amsterdam Port area the use of the channel 4 is prescribed by the Amsterdam Port Authority.

7. Operational report procedure sea-going vessels

  1. Outbound vessels

7.1 Incoming vessels

Block area Where to make Contact Shore station Content report vessel VHF radio Channel
Approach area west of fairway buoy As soon as possible Traffic Centre IJmuiden Name, ETA fairway buoy, destination 7
 
Fairway buoy to North Sea locks Without pilot: 
Fairway buoy; 
With pilot: 
after taking pilot on board
IJmuiden Port Control, or IJmuiden Haven Name, position, 
ETA locks
61
 
Fairway buoy to North Sea locks After mooring in port area west of North Sea locks IJmuiden Port Control, or IJmuiden Haven name, report of mooring 61
 
Fairway buoy to North Sea locks Shortly before departure from berth in port area west of North Sea locks and bound for the locks IJmuiden Port Control, or IJmuiden Haven Name, 
ETA locks,
destination,
draft
61
 
North Sea locks  When entering approach channels to the locks or upon instructions of the traffic stations IJmuiden locks or Sluisdienst IJmuiden   Name; stand by 22
 
North Sea locks to km. pole 10.7 Before unmooring at locks Traffic Centre North Sea Canal Name, report of unmooring 3
 
North Sea locks to km. pole 10.7 After mooring west of km. Pole 10.7 Traffic Centre North Sea Canal Name, report of mooring 3
 
North Sea locks to km. pole 10.7 Shortly before departure in area Velsen/Beverwijk bound east Traffic Centre North Sea Canal Name, destination, draft 3
 
North Sea locks to km. pole 10.7 Shortly before passing km. pole 10.7 Traffic Centre North Sea Canal Name, position, switch to channel 3

4

 
North Sea Canal east of km. Pole 10.7 passage km. pole 10.7 Amsterdam Port Control Name, position berth 4
 
North Sea Canal east of km. pole 17.1 Passage km. pole 17.1 Amsterdam Port Control Name, position 4
 
Port area Amsterdam Buoy IJ-10 Sector Schellingwoude Name, destination 60
 
Port area Amsterdam After mooring 
east of km. pole 11.2
east of km. pole 17.1
Amsterdam Port Control Name 4
4
 
Port area Zaanstad After mooring 
east of km. pole 17.1
west of km. pole 17.1
Amsterdam Port Control Name
4
 
Entering Port area Amsterdam from ark or ors From ark or ors Sector Schellingwoude Name, destination 60

7.2. Outbound vessels

Block area  Where to make contact Shore station Content report vessel VHF radio channel
 
Port area Amsterdam/ Zaanstad Shortly before departure from berth
east of km. pole 17.1
west of km. pole 17.1
Amsterdam Port Control Name, draft, destination, time of departure
4
 
North Sea Canal east of km. pole 10.7 On sailing up the North Sea Canal Amsterdam Port Control Name, position ETA locks 4
 
North Sea Canal east of km. pole 10.7 Shortly before passing km. pole 17.1 Amsterdam Port Control     Name, position 4
 
North Sea Canal east of km. pole 10.7 Shortly before passing km. pole 10.7 Amsterdam Port Control Name, position, switch to channel 4
 
Km. pole 10.7 to North  Sea locks After mooring in port area Velsen/Beverwijk Traffic Centre North Sea Canal Name, report of mooring 3
 
Km.pole 10.7 to North Sea locks Shortly before departure from berth in port area Velsen/Beverwijk bound for locks Traffic Centre North Sea Canal Name, draft, ETA locks, destination 3
 
North Sea Locks When entering the approach chan- nels to the locks or upon instruction of the traffic stations IJmuiden locks or Sluisdienst IJmuiden Name, stand by 22
 
North Sea locks to fairway  buoy Before unmooring at locks IJmuiden Port Control, or IJmuiden Haven Name, report of unmooring 61
 
North Sea locks to fairway buoy After mooring in port area west of North Sea locks IJmuiden Port Control, or IJmuiden Haven Name, report of mooring 61
 
North Sea locks to fairway buoy Shortly before departure from port area west of North Sea locks bound to sea IJmuiden Port Control, or IJmuiden Haven Name, draft destination 61
 
North Sea locks to fairway buoy With pilot: 
at debarkation pilot;
Without pilot:
on passing fairway buoy
IJmuiden Port Control, or IJmuiden Haven Name, report of debarkation pilot or position, switch to channel 88, sailing direction 61
 
West of fairway buoy After passing fairway buoy Traffic Centre IJmuiden, or Verkeersdienst Ijmuiden Name, position 7

8. Operational report procedure fishing vessels

Fishing vessels are strongly urged to call in, giving their fishery number, position and their destination, prior to entering the VHF radio block area between the fairway buoy and the North Sea locks.

9. Operational report procedure inland shipping vessels 

9.1 Block area west of the North Sea locks (channel 61) and the block area between the
North Sea locks and km pole 11.2 (channel 3).

Inland shipping vessels must, in so far as these are equipped with a VHF radio, call in, giving the name of the vessel, the position and destination, prior to entering the VHF radio block areas. In addition vessels must continue to listen to the designated channel.

9.2 Block area east of km pole 11.2: channel 4.
Inland shipping vessels equipped with a VHF radio must listen continuously to Channel 14 while passing through this area.

10. Use of the Lock Information System and Lock VHF radio channel

10.1 Cesar
A computerized Lock Information System (Cesar) has been taken into operation on the North
Sea locks at IJmuiden.

10.2 VHF radio channel 22
VHF radio channel 22 has been set up to gather data for Cesar and for communication between shipping traffic and the Lock Authorities, in or near the locks.

10.3 Call sign
The call sign of the North Sea locks on channel 22 is: IJmuiden locks

11. Data for CESAR

The following information may be collected:

a. name of the vessel
b. deadweight
c. name of the owner of the ship
d. nationality
e. type of vessel
f. length over all
g. beam
h. actual draft
i. weight of cargo
j. type of cargo
k. last port of call
l. place of destination

12. Procedure regarding the Lock Information System (Cesar) and Lock VHF radio channel

12.1 Sea-going traffic
Information concerning sea-going traffic are input to Cesar by the VTS IJmuiden.
It is essential to report the cargo data of the vessel on time to enable the Lock Authorities to handle the locking procedure by means of Cesar. In the occasional situation that this information is not available from other sources it will be requested by the Lock Authorities via the block channel.
To communicate with the Lock Authorities shortly before sailing into the Lock, the radio channel is switched to 22 when this is indicated by the Traffic Stations or when entering the approach channels to the locks.
During the locking procedure any missing data needed for Cesar which is lacking, may be requested by the Lock Authorities on Channel 22.
Before leaving the Lock westbound traffic must switch to block channel 61, eastbound traffic to Channel 3.

12.2 Recreational craft
During locking recreational craft must report on channel 22 of 'Lock IJmuiden' in order to supply information required for Cesar. During and following departure from the lock westbound vessels must listen on block channel 61, eastbound vessels on block channel 3.

Category
Port Regulations 
Last modified at 9/18/2008 11:15 AM  by Jeroen van der Veen