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Consider the following bridge times

The bridge times on the Frisian waters


Below you can read all about the bridge times during the different seasons.

When you sail on the Frisian waters, you will pass many bridges and locks/sluices. To make your journey as enjoyable and comfortable as possible, we have listed the operating times for the various bridges and locks. Tip: On the Water sport App you can find the latest information on water. This app can be downloaded from Google Play Store and App Store.

Opening hours

November 1 / April 1

During the period 1 November – 1 April the rule is enforced that bridges and locks are open from 9:00 am – 17:00 pm upon call. You can reach them at 058-29 25 888 Monday – Friday between 8:00 am – 16:00 pm. This only applies to the provincial bridges, for the municipal bridges different opening hours may apply.

April 1 – November 1

In the summer period from April 1 – November 1, the bridges are open daily from 9:00 am to 19:00 pm . This only applies for the provincial bridges. In June, July and August you can sail until 20.00 pm.

Special dates

On the following days, most bridges and locks are closed:

  • January 1st
  • December 25th
  • December 26th

Remote operation

Not every bridge or lock is staffed by a bridgemaster. Opening and closing is done remotely on a regular basis. This is done with the use of cameras. It is important when you want the bridge to open to dock in the field of view of the camera. The bridge operator can see precisely whether there are ships that want to cross the bridge.

General rules

When boating on the Frisian waters, we assume that you stick to the rules. Also, at the bridges and locks you will find a number of general rules that make it more pleasant for everyone.

  • Queue behind other boats already in queue when approaching the bridge or lock
  • Move through quickly when the bridge is open
  • At busy bridges and locks lower your sail and mast
  • Follow the instructions of the bridge operator or other bridge personnel at all times
  • If the road is busy, the water traffic will be accumulated first before opening the bridge or lock

More information and abnormal operating times can be found on the website of Province of Friesland

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