The Port of Rotterdam Authority updated its General Terms and Conditions with tow-away regulations to deal with the issue of improperly moored and anchored barges.
n particular, with the updated General Terms and Conditions, the Port of Rotterdam Authority possesses the authority to remove a vessel at any time. The barge operator is responsible for covering all costs and damages incurred or suffered by the Port of Rotterdam Authority related to the removal, along with a 15% surcharge based on the expenses, with a minimum of €5,000.
According to the Port of Rotterdam, for years, various parties have faced difficulties due to barges being incorrectly moored and anchored. The nominal fine (approximately 150 euros) for an official report is significantly lower than the expenses incurred in shifting the barge, Rotterdam says.
The Port Authority highlights that these incorrectly moored and anchored barges frequently obstruct the path of sea-going vessels preventing them from reaching their designated berths. This results in avoidable waiting costs for both the sea-going vessels and nautical service providers.
Moreover, it poses an additional safety hazard for vessels dependent on the tides, unable to depart due to the obstructing barges. The ensuing waiting times and congestion also cause delays in scheduling, impacting many other sea-going vessels as well, Port of Rotterdam Authority concludes.