Inland shipping

North Sea Port occupies a central location in the West-European network of waterways and is ideally connected to the Rhine, the most important artery for inland shipping in Europe. Via the Rhine-Main-Donau canal, barges can even sail as far as the Black Sea without having to cross even a tiny bit of open water. All neighbouring ports are easily accessible. Here, you'll find everything inland shipping operators need to know for a quick and safe passage.

Registration inland shipping

Inland shipping vessels that wish to sail up the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal via the lock in Terneuzen are required to register with North Sea Port from 1 November 2019 onwards. This must be done via maritime radio telephone channel 78. Read more about registering inland shipping here.

Automatic Identification System (AIS)

Inland vessels are required to use Automatic Identification System throughout the North Sea Port management area. This will promote safety in the port area.

On 1 November 2019 the use of Automatic Identification System (AIS) was also made compulsory for the Terneuzen port area. This step completes the AIS-circle in North Sea Port and AIS is now compulsory from Flushing to Ghent. 

Publication of the Nautical Instructions


We offer a number of tools to ensure a smooth passage for inland shipping at North Sea Port. One example is the Harmonie app, a registration tool for inland shipping available in the App Store or on Google Play. The app reduces the administrative process for skippers and provides North Sea Port with complete and timely information about the ship’s stay in the port. 

Lock planning can be used to view planned lock operations and the occupation of the berths and waiting locations at the lock. For the part of North Sea Port in Gent, you must submit a request to use the public quays by means of a form. 


North Sea Port offers various facilities throughout the port area to make a ship’s passage and stay in the ports as comfortable as possible. 

For example, we provide current berth information by means of an interactive map. In it you will find information like the function of the berth or the maximum draught in that location.

To focus on improving the air quality in the port and to fight noise pollution, various shore power boxes are available. Here you can find more information and an overview of all the shore power points on an interactive map. 

Here you can find all the facilities at North Sea Port for inland shipping. 

Tariffs and regulations

All the tariffs and regulations that apply to inland shipping at North Sea Port can be found in the General Terms and Conditions (PDF) and tariffs in the Tariff Regulations (PDF). These can be found below. Here you can find information about the tariffs and purchase conditions, subscriptions and regulations. 

Financial contribution for pushed barge trackers

North Sea Port and Port of Antwerp want to encourage push barge operators to invest in push barge trackers. They are doing so by reimbursing part of the cost. Push barge owners or companies can apply for a reimbursement of up to 50% of the purchase price, up to a maximum of €200 euros.