Port rules and regulations

In addition to international, European, national and local legislation, specific port regulations and ordinances apply in the port area.

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 Port Police Regulation North Sea Port Port Area Ghent and in the Regulations geographic UAS Zone - Geozone EBR55 Ghent Harbour.


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. 





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The Port Police Regulation North Sea Port Ghent, in force since January 1, 2024, is a regulation of special administrative police issued by North Sea Port Flanders nv of public law. This regulation serves to promote good port management.

The provisions in the regulation are supplementary to higher regulations and include specific provisions concerning cargo handling and storage, the embarkation and disembarkation of passengers, accessibility and traffic flow in the port area, the safeguarding of the environment and the safety of the port area and the regulation of the freedom of trade and industry in the field of port-related services.

The regulation applies in the port area that falls under the management and operation of North Sea Port Flanders. This is the port area as referred to in article 2 6° of the decree of March 2, 1999 and which falls under the management and operation of North Sea Port Flanders.

Anyone who is in the port area must comply with the provisions of these regulations that apply to him.

The port captain is in charge of the implementation of the regulation and, for the purpose of its implementation, as an officer of judicial police, may issue orders, determine violations and make a report of them.

The port captain may detect, determine and report violations of all laws and regulations other than this ordinance, as well as all other crimes within the port area.

Text as approved by the Flemish government

Text regulation supplemented by explanatory notes for port users