Inland waterway transport and short sea shipping

We have collected all important information on inland waterway transport and short sea shipping on this page.

Included in this is general information about the mooring, such as current consumption, household waste disposal, ship waste reception and handling plan and drinking water delivery.

Furthermore you will also find here all nautical information about the harbor bottom and loaded drafts, bridge passages, clearance of the handling halls protruding over the water and the regulations for traffic of pusher trains and coupled vehicles.

General Information

Current consumption

The current consumption point is found at the water level station. An electrolyte bridge with 15, 25 or 50 euros credit can be purchased from the port master. There is an additional deposit of 8 euros. Only when the credit is used up must the bridge be returned.

Please observe that the electrolyte bridge can only be purchased during the indicated water level station times (see "Port master").

Household waste disposal

The disposal of common household waste is free. Commercial waste is calculated accordingly.
Garbage bags can be requested at Hafag 38 under 0160-5309715.

Ship waste reception and handling plan

Download the current ship waste reception and handling plan here.

Drinking water

Available from the port master in the water level station. Drinking water for freight ships is integrated into the port fee. Thus every freight ship that navigates the mouth of the harbor to load drinking water is also liable for demurrage charge.

Please note that the normal household quantity of drinking water is issued.

Passenger ships are excluded from delivery of drinking water.

Harbor master

The port master in the water level station is available for questions Mo-Fr from 6:00 am - 11:00 pm and Sat from 07:30 am -12:30 pm.

Radio: UKW 14
Telephone: +49 (0)203 803 - 4257
Fax: +49 (0)203 578989 456
Email: anmeldung@duisport.de
fahrgastschiff@duisport.de

The water level station is only occupied by the duty alarm and alert outside of the times mentioned above. During this time no information on berths, invoices or accounts can be given. Also cash payment of the berth fees or the purchase of electrolyte bridges is not possible.

Nautical Information
Harbor floor and loaded draft

The present valid target harbor floors and water level gage zero points can be seen in the center column of the table below.

The draft should be at least 30cm lower than the respective water depth (float water). Taking into consideration this regulation and the level differences, so called approximate values result in the right column, which are only based on the Ruhrort level. In borderline cases the permissible loading draft based on the target bottom values, the respective water level on the Ruhrort, Duisburg or Hochfeld level and the level of safety (at least 30cm) must be precisely calculated.

The target bottom values indicate the minimum depth, which with sloping shorelines, however, is not available on the entire water area:

Port basinTarget bottom or gage zero point above sea levelLoaded draft (approximate value)
a) Ruhrort gage zero point16.09 m Respective water level at Ruhrort level
Mouth of port, Vincke canal, south port, Ruhrort, port canal, 15.40 m+ 40 cm
Bunkerhafen, Basin A, Basin B, Basin C15.90 m
Boatyard harbor17.05 m- 120 cm
b) Duisburg
Parallel port, outer harbor16.10 m+ 40 cm
c) Hochfeld
South and Kultus harbor16.45 m+ 40 cm
d) Rheinhausen
Port of Rheinhausen16.50 m*see Rheinhausen bottleneck fact sheet
e) Meiderich canal port, Neuenkamp Ruhr portacc. to BinSchStrO, exception Wendehafen = 280cm

Bridge passages

The overview below contains, among other things, reference values for calculating the passage height. They are based on the Ruhrort level and take into account the level difference and a safety margin.

In borderline cases the outermost passage height must be determined with the aid of the indicated N.N. values and the respective water level on the Ruhrort or Duisburg level. They can also be read from the reverse water gage attached to the bridge abutments.

BridgeLowest point of the foundation or gage zero point above sea level.Reference value for calculating the passage height*
a) Ruhrort gage zero point16.09 m
Bridge over the mouth of the harbor34.20 m17.80 m
Vincke canal bridge33.10 m17.05 m
Harbor canal bridge33.80 m17.40 m
Bridge over Basin C38.20 m21.80 m
b) Duisburg
Pipeline bridge over the outer harbor37.80 m20.90 m
Street bridge over the outer harbor37.00 m20.90 m
c) Rheinhausen
Power bridge38.00 m20.75 m
* The respective water level on the Ruhrort must be subtracted from the reference values
for calculating the passage height!

Clearance height of the handling halls protruding over the water

The overview below includes reference values for the calculation of the passage heights of the handling halls protruding over the water. The respective water level on the Ruhrort water gage must be subtracted from the indicated values.

South harbor halls, north side km 2.6 and 2.917.68 m
Harbor canal hall, south side km 2.8517.50 m
Basin C hall, south side km 4.417.70 m
Basin C hall, north side km 4.019.14 m
Parallel harbor hall, south side km 0.619.20 m
Parallel harbor hall, south side km 1.320.40 m
Outer harbor hall, north side km 0.418.00 m
Outer harbor hall, south side km 1.4526.10 m
Parallel harbor hall, north side km 0.517.00 m
Parallel harbor hall, north side km 0.719.60 m
Vincke canal hall turning area20.30 m

Traffic from pusher trains and coupled vehicles

  • Vessels and tow barge combinations must be transported, assembled and disconnected in such a way that the safety and proper operation of the port and port facilities, along with the environment, are not negatively influenced, and that nothing else is damaged or put at risk, or hindered or inconvenienced more than is inevitable under the circumstances.
  • The length, width, height, draft and speed of vessels and tow barge combinations must be adapted to the conditions of the port waters and port facilities.
  • In the case of imminent danger, ship captains must take all measures required under the circumstances, even if this forces them to deviate from the statutory provisions.
  • Vessels and tow barge combinations may not pass other vessels – except small vessels.
  • Small vessels may only be passed as an exception, once the passing unit has ensured that this maneuver can be completed without risk.
  • Single small moving vessels, as well as tow barge combinations and connected vessels that consist solely of small vessels, must leave the space that is required by all other vessels to continue on their route and for maneuvering purposes.
  • Vessel combinations and vessels should avoid encounters in tight waters that do not allow sufficient room for passing maneuvers. To this end, narrow passages must be traversed as quickly as possible. In the case of restricted view, all vessels and tow barge combinations must emit a "long sound" before they enter a narrow waterway. This sound must be repeated during the passage if the narrow waterway is of some length.
  • If encounters are nevertheless impossible to avoid, the captain of the vessel combination must take all measures to ensure that the encounter takes place at a location and under conditions that rule out possible risks. If necessary, he must stop at a suitable location in a timely manner and provide as much space on the waterway as possible.

Ship list

More than 20,000 ships are processed annually by the port of Duisburg.
The water depth is optimally suited for river-sea ships with a load of up to 6000 tons. That corresponds to approx. 500 twenty-foot standard containers.

Here you will find an overview of the ship connections from the port of Duisburg. Included are line connections (container inland waterway ship traffic & ocean traffic) as well as tramp/project cargo in ocean and inland waterway traffic.

If you would like more information, please contact us directly.

Download ship list

Port fee

The port fee deviates on the following listed holidays for a stay of one to three calendar days:

Easter from 03-20-2018, 6:00 pm to 04-03-2018, 8:00 am
Pentecost from 05-18-2018, 6:00 pm to 05-22-2018, 8:00 am

Christmas from 12-22-2018, 6:00 pm to 12-27-2018, 8:00 am
New Year's from 12-30-2018, 6:00 pm to 01-02-2019, 8:00 am

These rules apply exclusively to motor cargo ships without turnover cargo

Fee overview for port and pierage
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Port fee calculator

The port fee is a requirement which is due for the use of the port and its facilities or equipment. The port fee is to be paid by the owner of a vessel or a floating installation.

Die errechneten Kosten betragen 0,00 Euro *

* This calculation is used as a reference value and is without the legal VAT. The current tariff is binding via port fee 2017.

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Pierage

Pierage is to be paid for all cargo that is handled over the shoreline from ship to ship or loaded using port equipment. Pierage must be paid from companies settled in the port who carry out turnover cargo.

Die errechneten Kosten betragen 0,00 Euro *

* This calculation is used as a reference value and is without the legal VAT. The current tariff is binding via pierage 2017.