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Edition 10, May, 2019
The 2019 river cruise season is underway. We are proud that we have once again been able to welcome a great number of shipping companies in the port of Amsterdam since early April. This bulletin provides information on:

Notifying arrival and departure

In order to prevent accidents, vessels are required to notify the Port Authority upon arrival and departure. This is unfortunately still not always done consistently. This is why we, on behalf of Traffic Control, wish to draw your attention to the fact that waiting on the IJ river until the berth becomes available leads to dangerous situations. We are therefore urgently asking you to properly instruct your captains to arrive and depart at the correct time.

Kickoff meetings for local residents

We believe it is important to be and remain a good neighbour. This is why we organised two local resident meetings for the first time this year. Monic van der Heyden, Commercial Manager Cruise at Port of Amsterdam, informed residents living in the Azartplein and Westerdoksdijk/Ruijterkade West areas about the upcoming season and the schedule. Shipping companies Boat Bike Tours and Avalon made their Magnifique and Avalon Vista vessels available and gave a presentation on the measures they are taking to minimise any potential nuisance.

New mooring location for canal cruise boats Ruijterkade West

There are very few parking spaces around the river cruise berths. It is becoming increasingly difficult, especially during the morning rush hour, for multiple buses to depart at the same time. A pilot was launched on April 1st on the Ruijterkade West berth, with the objective of solving this problem. The pilot project makes it possible for DMC's and shipping companies to book a canal cruise boat, instead of a coach, for transportation to excursions.

With this pilot, we wish to ascertain whether we can reduce the pressure on coaches this way. The boarding point may only be used by river cruise passengers and is not a general boarding point for other tourists. If the pilot is successful, we would like to realise canal cruise boat boarding points at the other berths as well.

River Cruise Host

Starting this season, a River Cruise Host will visit each vessel that is calling at Amsterdam for the first time. The Host welcomes the captain and crew and checks whether the ship has moored at the right location. In addition, the Host explains the rules of behaviour that have gone into force this season and answers any questions the captain and crew might have.

Information booklet for captain and crew

We have compiled an information booklet for captains and crews for the 2019 season. It contains all the relevant information about the berths, the mooring instructions and any important specifics concerning each location. The River Cruise Host will present each ship with a copy.

For more information please contact Monic van der Heyden, Commercial Manager Cruise at Port of Amsterdam:

Phone: 00316 51240931

Port of Amsterdam is engaged in the development, operation and management of the Amsterdam port region, as well as promoting sustainable economic development throughout the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. The Amsterdam port region covers the ports of Amsterdam, Beverwijk, Zaandam and Velsen/IJmuiden.