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VDHK e.V. Germany 

Verband der deutschen Hafenkapitäne (VDHK) e.V.
German Harbour Masters‘ Association

The association is registered at the district court of the Hanseatic City of Rostock.

Aims of the association are:

- To unite the Harbour Masters of the German seaports (including the inland ports accommodating sea ships in an association that promotes the interests of its members especially in the areas of safe, secure and environmentally sound operations in the ports

- To promote and foster the cooperation among Harbour Masters

- To support the cooperation with other national and international professional organisations that support the aims of the German Harbour Masters‘ Association

- To promote the professional interests and the professional image of Harbour Masters and

- To collect, compare and distribute information of professional interest to the members.

Regular Members of the VDHK e.V. are Harbour Masters and /or directors of port administrations of the German seaports, including inland-waterway ports accommodating ships larger than 500 GRT and enforcing the port regulations in a defined geographical port area.

You may contact the German Harbour Masters’ Association via following e-mail: gisbert.ruhnke@rostock.de

Tasks of a Harbour Master

Depending on size, functionality and the legal framework Harbour Masters of the German ports have different tasks to fulfill. The following gives an impression of the main tasks to be fulfilled by Harbour Masters and their co-workers:

Safety and ease of ship traffic

The primary task of the Harbour Master is to arrange for a safe and easy flow of ships traffic. This includes on a 24/7 basis receiving arrival and departure notifications from ships or their representatives and coordinating, together the federal waterway administration, the passage to and from the berths in the port.

Safety during cargo operations esp. dangerous goods handling

In the majority of ports the Harbour Masters are tasked as competent authorities for the supervision and control of rules and regulations with regards to the transport and handling of dangerous goods

Environmental protection in the port area

To control the compliance with the various environmental regulations shipping is subject to, is often the task of the Harbour Master’s office. Together with the environmental authorities pollution prevention and combating is also part of the tasks.

Port Security (ISPS)

Together with the police authorities implementation and supervision of the measures as per ISPS Code (International Ship and Port Facility Security Code) and relevant EU legislation is conducted.

Supervisory Authority for nautical/technical service providers

Pilotage, towage and mooring are essential for the safe conduct of ship maneuvers. Masters of ships using these services expect a certain quality of these services. Depending on the port legislation permissions to conduct these services are issued by the Harbour Master, who also supervises compliance.

Operation of port facilities

In some ports the Harbour Master is also responsible for the operation of port facilities, f.i. cruise ship and pleasure boat facilities. Usually the Harbour Master is also consulted to evaluate suitability of constructions in the port area

If you would like to have more detailed information about the tasks of the Harbour Master and the port authority in a specific port, please, contact the port directly. Please use the list of port addresses below whose Harbour Masters are members of the German Harbour Masters‘ Association.

Port, Company, Street, Zip Code, Website

Brake/ Unterweser
Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co. KG Niederl. Brake
Brommystr. 2
26919
http://nports.de

Bremerhaven Bremen
Hansestadt Bremisches Hafenamt
Steubenstr. 7a
27568
http://hbh.bremen.de

Brunsbüttel
Brunsbüttel Ports GmbH
Elbehafen
25541
http://schrammgroup.de

Cuxhaven
Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co. KG

Niederl. Cuxhaven
Am Schleusenpriel 2
27472
http://nports.de

Duisburg
Duisburger Hafen AG
Alte Ruhrorter Str. 42-52
47119
http://www.duisport.de

Emden
Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co. KG Niederl. Emden
Fr.-Naumann-Str. 7-9
26725
http://nports.de

Fehmarn
Scandlines Deutschland GmbH
Fährhafen Puttgarden
23769
http://scandlines.com

Flensburg
Stadt Flensburg Hafenbehörde
Schiffbrücke 37
24939
http://flensburger-hafen.de

Hamburg
Hamburg Port Authority
Oberhafenamt
Neuer Wandrahm 4
20457
http://hamburg-port-authority.de

Husum
Hafenbehörde im Landesbetrieb für Küstenschutz, Nationalpark und Meeresschutz Schleswig-Holstein (LKN-SH)
Am Außenhafen
25813
http://lkn.schleswig-holstein.de

Kiel
Hafenamt Landeshauptstadt Kiel
Bollhörnkai 1
24103
http://kiel.de

Lübeck
Lübeck Port Authority
Ziegelstraße 2
23539
http://luebeck.de

Norden
Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co. KG Niederl. Norden
Bahnhofstr. 5
26506
http://nports.de

Osterrönfeld
Hafenbehörde Amt Eiderkanal
Schulstr. 36
24783
http://amt-eiderkanal.de

Rostock
Hansestadt Rostock Hafen- und Seemannsamt
Ost-West-Str. 8 18147
POBox 481046 18132
http://rostock.de

Sassnitz
Stadtverwaltung Sassnitz Hafenamt
PO Box 11
18540
http://sassnitz.de

Stralsund
Hansestadt Stralsund Hafenamt
Hafenstr. 50 18439
PO Box 2145 18408
http://stralsund.de

Wilhelmshaven
Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co. KG Niederl. Wilhelmshaven
Postfach 2051
26360
http://nports.de

Wilhelmshaven
Stadt Wilhelmshaven
Rathausplatz 10
26382
http://wilhelmshaven.de

Wismar
Hansestadt Wismar Hafenamt
Kopenhagener Str, 1 Bürocenter
23966
http://wismar.de

Wolgast
Hafenamt
Burgstr. 6
17438
http://wolgast.de
VDHK e.V.  Germany
 
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