Port rules and regulations

In addition to international, European and national legislation, there are also a number of regulations in effect which are dictated by the municipalities within whose borders the port is located.

For North Sea Port Borssele, Terneuzen and Vlissingen, these regulations are set out in the Port Ordinance and corresponding Port Regulations. For North Sea Port Gent, these regulations can be found in the Algemene Politieverordening. 


With the expiration of the Common Rules for Zeeland Seaports on 1 July 2019, from that date, three separate Port Ordinances with corresponding Port Regulations, further decrees and rules entered into force in the area of jurisdiction belonging to North Sea Port Netherlands. 

The Port Ordinances, the corresponding Port Regulations, further decrees and rules are uniform in nature and apply to the port area of North Sea Port, which is located between the municipalities of Borssele, Terneuzen and Vlissingen. 





Bijlagen Havenverordening: 

Bijlagen Havenreglement: 



The ‘Algemene politieverordening voor Gent’ (general police regulations for Ghent) (last modified on November 23, 2015, valid as from January 1, 2016) clearly defines the port area, the powers of the port captain within the port area and environmental, traffic and safety provisions in the port.

Also a 'hazardous and/or polluting substances regulation for the port of Ghent’ – known as the codex – has been drawn up that relates to the Algemene Politieverordening.

You can download the complete text of the Algemene politieverordening here.

You can download the codex and its accompanying enclosures here.