River Scheldt



On December 13, 2018 the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) published the Tariff Decision on Pilotage Tariffs 2019. ACM has set a generic national tariff change of -1.93%. This adjustment is caused by several factors, amongst others an increasing number of pilotage voyages. All percentages in the matrix for quantity discount were also adjusted.

The Tariff Decision (in Dutch) can be downloaded from ACM’s website: https://www.acm.nl/nl/publicaties/loodsgeldtarieven-voor-het-jaar-2019.

Pilotage tariffs 2019

The new tariffs, applicable as of January 1, 2019 are published in the digital brochure ´Pilotage Tariffs 2019.pdf´. 
Use our online tariff calculator to calculate the expected pilotage tariffs

New, uniform tariff structure

As of the 1st of January 2014, a new, uniform tariff structure for pilotage dues is introduced in the Netherlands. The new structure consists of a fixed starting rate (S tariff) and a variable route tariff (T tariff).

The starting rate (S tariff) is the basic fixed tariff for taking the pilot to and from the ship and for covering the fixed expenses of Loodswezen. This tariff is based on the current draught and is differentiated based on the pilotage point (shifting, pilot station or rendezvous).

The variable route tariff (T tariff) commences from the moment the pilot boards the vessel until the ship is moored alongside the quay: based on the ‘average pilotage time aboard’. Consequently, more consideration is given to the route which is to be covered and the time a pilot spends aboard.

An additional tariff (A tariff) is applicable for special trips. This for example includes special transports, navigation in ice or the use of multiple pilots.


For more information and questions, please contact mr. R. Eversdijk by telephone +31(0)118 489 568 or e-mail r.eversdijk@loodswezen.nl.