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Port regulations

The Municipality of Stockholm prescribes the following under the provisions of § 1 of Act SFS 1993:1632 authorising municipalities and county administrative boards to issue local regulations in accordance with Regulations Act SFS 1993:1617.

Introductory provisions


Basic provisions on public order and safety in public places are contained in Chapter 3 of the Regulations Act SFS 1993:1617.

These local regulations contain further provisions regarding order and safety in the Port of Stockholm which are required because of the activities carried out in the Port.

The Municipality’s general by-laws also apply to that part of the port area which is a public place.


These regulations apply in the water and on land within the port area marked on the map attached to these regulations. The port area is administered by Stockholms Hamn AB.


In these regulations The Port Authority refers to the chief executive, the deputy chief executive, the harbour-master, the traffic manager, the assistant harbour-masters and the manager of the oil harbour.


In these regulations vessel refers to every object which is used for transport on water and every other object which can be moved on or in the water.

Traffic provisions


Vessels shall be navigated in such a way that the movement of other vessels is neither endangered nor obstructed. In addition vessels shall be navigated in such a way that no other vessels or installations or persons are exposed to danger or are harmed. Masters of vessels shall take special care when navigating past any place where work is in progress in the water.


Aircraft may not land within the port area without permission from the port authority.


Pleasure craft may not navigate closer than 25 metres from tankers which are moored in the port area.

Mooring, warping, moving, etc.


Vessels may only be berthed, moored or anchored in places assigned by the port authority.

Masters of vessels shall keep themselves informed about the depth of water at the assigned berthing, mooring or anchoring place.


Vessels may only be laid up with permission from the port authority. The master, the owner or the person chartering the vessel shall ensure that the vessel is safely moored.


When mooring, anchoring or warping the master shall ensure that other vessels or quays, piers or other installations or underwater or overhead cables are not damaged and that movement of vessels is not unnecessarily obstructed or interrupted.


The creation of mooring places or the installation of pipelines, cables or other lines, pontoons or temporary bridges and similar installations may not take place without prior permission from the port authority.


The master, the owner or the person chartering the vessel shall move or warp the vessel or take other measures with the vessel which are required for reasons of order or safety in the port.


A vessel may not be brought into the port area if there is any risk, due to its condition or for any other reason, of the vessel sinking, obstructing the movement of other vessels or in any other way constituting a danger to order or safety within the port area.


The master, the owner, the person chartering the vessel or a representative of one of these shall immediately inform the port authority if a vessel sinks, goes aground or in any other way becomes disabled.

The owner of any other object which has sunk and which may constitute an obstruction or cause damage to vessels or installations shall inform the port authority of what has happened. If a person other than the owner was in charge of the object when it sank, this person has a duty to inform the port authority. If the object was lost from a vessel, the master, the owner or the person chartering the vessel shall inform the port authority.


Mooring, anchoring or warping shall be carried out with the help of a tug when order or safety requirements in the port area make this necessary.

Duty to report


If a vessel is going to call or pass through the port, the master, the owner, the person chartering the vessel or a representative of one of these shall give advanced notice the Port authority.

The advanced notice shall be lodged as early as possible, but not later than 24 hours before the arrival of the vessel. The port authority may, taking into account the duration of the vessel’s voyage or other circumstances, permit the report to be lodged less than 24 hours prior to arrival or exempt the vessel from the duty to report.

The master shall report the vessel’s time to the port authority at the latest when the vessel is ready to leave.

Loading, discharge, placing of goods, etc.


Goods, vehicles and other material shall be handled, stored or placed in locations allocated by the port authority and in such a way that no damage is caused to harbour land, buildings, road surfaces, railway tracks, cranes or other equipment, that fire escape routes are not blocked and that there is no risk of injury to people.

There are special regulations governing the reporting and handling of dangerous goods.

Special regulations


Before starting any major repair or maintenance work or corresponding work from a raft or similar, permission shall be obtained from the port authority.


Before a vessel is temporarily disabled during repairs or other work, permission shall be obtained from the port authority.


Diving and work under water may only take place after permission has been obtained from the port authority.


Propellers may only be run while vessels are moored at the quayside if permission is obtained from the port authority.


Any person who damages any vessel, facilities and equipment, goods or any other property within the port area shall immediately report the matter to the port authority.


During loading and unloading, no naked flame shall be used or smoking take place in cargo-holds or on deck by cargo-hatches. No naked flames may be used and no smoking may take place wherever signs prohibiting this are posted.

Regulations governing responsibility


Any person who intentionally or inadvertently breaches any of § 5-16, § 17, first paragraph, or § 18-23 may be fined in accordance with Chapter 3, § 22, second paragraph of the Regulations Act.

The Regulations Act also contains directives on injunctions and forfeiture.