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Cleaning licence for a cleaning ship

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Will you be cleaning a ship using a cleaning ship? In the Netherlands, you may need a cleaning licence from your local municipal authority if you want to clean a ship that contains or has contained dangerous or hazardous substances. Information about the cleaning licence can be found in your municipal authority’s port rules and regulations (Havenverordening).

Cleaning permit rules

To obtain a cleaning licence you must comply with the rules your municipality has drawn up. For instance:

  • there is someone aboard with knowledge on (hazardous) waste
  • you supply clear information
  • you abide by the rules on port order and safety
  • you abide by the rules on the destination of the waste material
  • you protect the environment
  • your ship is suitable for the purpose

Online application procedure via Message Box

You can also apply for a cleaning licence to your municipality via Message Box. Message Box is a secure email system that enables you as an entrepreneur to exchange digital messages with Dutch government agencies.

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