Reporting and fishery waste

Harlingen is home to the famous historic Urk fishing fleet. This fishing fleet remains by far the largest in the Netherlands.


Port of Harlingen is responsible for communication with the fleet and the allocation of berths. This also applies to the jetties of Visveiling Urk (Urk’s fish auction).

Mandatory reporting for North Sea cutters

North Sea cutters wishing to unload in Harlingen must submit a preliminary report. The deadlines for preliminary reports are as follows:



Register by

Before Friday 12.00 hours Thursday 15.00 hours
Friday 12.00 – 18.00 hours Friday 08.00 hours
After Friday 18.00 hours Friday 12.00 hours


Required information

  • What time do you expect to put in to port (ETA)?
  • Do you unload directly onto the truck or via the Visveiling (Fish Auction) (forklift truck)?
  • Do you have any specific requirements regarding the use of the quay for repairs or maintenance?
  • Are there any other issues that we should take into account in the berth planning? The berth plan will be drawn up or updated after the above-mentioned registration times.


Once you have reported we will let you know which berth you have been assigned as soon as possible. Any changes to your registration must be passed on as soon as possible.

Registering a North Sea cutter

You must submit your registration or changes to it electronically via e-mail. Questions about the registration can also be asked by telephone using telephone number +31 (0)517-492300.

Mandatory reporting of arrival and departure

You must report to our Port Authority on VHF11:

  • Before you enter the harbour;
  • Before you unmoor your vessel to move or turn it;
  • Before you leave the berth.

Fishery waste collection

The Green Deal Visserij voor een Schone Zee (Fishery Green Deal for a Clean Sea) was signed on 20 November 2014. This Green Deal was brought into being when the parties agreed that the maritime waste cycle should be closed by means of waste prevention, waste management in the ports and by maximising the depositing of various waste streams from the fishing industry.


  • The fishing vessels keep all the ‘Fishing for litter’ and all the operational ship’s waste and household waste that may not be discharged separately on board, and separately deposit these three waste streams in the Dutch fishing ports wherever possible.
  • In 2016 there are four fishing ports that adequately facilitate the waste streams from fisheries without causing any delays to fishing operations. The three waste streams are collected separately.
  • Uniform working method for Wadden Sea ports from Ecoports and Green Deal projects.

To meet this objective, the Northern Fishing Harbours have drawn up a uniform overview of the collection facilities to make it even clearer where and how various waste streams can be disposed of.

Who does what?

In the Netherlands, we have a direct and indirect funding system for the delivery and processing of ship’s waste.