Temporary mooring and protection poles in the port must be given lighting in accordance with certain guidelines. The lighting of moored ships must also comply with guidelines.
1. Lighting of temporary mooring and protection poles
Temporary poles (wood or steel tube poles) are regularly placed in Harlingen’s port to protect vulnerable ships or to provide better mooring options. These poles, in so far as they are placed in the waterway, are regarded as special markings under the IALA guidelines. Such marking must be carried out in accordance with IALA guidelines:
- Head signals (day shapes): Cylindrical yellow, possibly with a yellow horizontal cross.
- Lighting: Reflective yellow all around. It must not be possible to confuse the character with existing white lighting (e.g. cardinal marking).
2. Lighting of moored vessels in or near the waterway
The lighting of moored ships is covered by Article 3.20 of the BPR. The general rule is that moored vessels must be equipped with one or more white lights that are visible in all directions.
However, the article provides for a number of exceptions (paragraph 5), including:
- Berths with sufficient public lighting, where the ship is sufficiently visible
- Ships berthed in a safe place
- At berths or in waterways that have been designated as such by the Competent Authority.
The berths at the quays and jetties in the harbours are sufficiently lit and protected for through shipping, so that there is no need for lighting. However, there are two places in the port: the Blauwe Kop (KNRM station) and the Wachtsteiger Industriehaven, which are located directly on a busy shipping lane and have no or insufficient lighting. For safe navigation in the port, it is therefore better not to grant an exemption from the use of the prescribed lighting at these locations.
For more information, please contact the Harlingen Port Authority: