Port of Rotterdam cracks down on poorly moored barges

Port of Rotterdam implements tow-regulations for incorrectly moored barges

The Port of Rotterdam has implemented new tow-away regulations for improperly moored and anchored barges.

To resolve this issue, the Port of Rotterdam Authority updated its General Terms and Conditions, introducing severe fees to those who don’t comply with the new rules.

For years, many parties have suffered challenges as a result of barges that were improperly moored and anchored. The fee of around €150 ($164) for an official report is substantially less than the costs of relocating the barge.

These poorly moored and anchored barges regularly impede the passage of seagoing boats, making it difficult for them to reach their allocated moorings, according to the authority.

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As a result, both seagoing boats and nautical service suppliers incur needless waiting expenses.

Furthermore, it creates an extra safety risk for vessels that rely on the tides and are unable to depart owing to the blocking barges.

The resulting wait periods and congestion generate schedule delays, affecting many other sea-going boats as well.

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The Port of Rotterdam now has the ability to withdraw a vessel at any moment, thanks to the amended General Terms and Conditions.

The barge operator is liable for all costs and damages paid or experienced by the Port of Rotterdam Authority as a result of the removal, plus a 15 per cent fee based on expenses, with a minimum of €5,000 ($5,486).

The port as a total of 316 barge berths.

In July 2023, the Port of Rotterdam witnessed a fall of 5.5 per cent in container throughput due to high inflation and downturn in economy.

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