Measures taken by Groningen Seaports in response to the coronavirus

Groningen Seaports has had measures in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus since last Thursday 12 March 2020. This is in line with the national measures in the Netherlands. At the same time, we are fully committed to keeping our ports in Delfzijl and Eemshaven operational. Information documents regarding the measures can be found here.

The measures taken by Groningen Seaports mean that meetings and events will be cancelled or postponed to a later date. Personnel of Groningen Seaports are working at home as much as possible. Our personnel can of course be reached by phone, e-mail and skype. The Nautical Service Centre (NSC) is operational 24/7 as usual, but with limited staffing.


Groningen Seaports is focusing on its core tasks. This means that we are committed to keeping our ports and port activities operational. Normally, strict procedures for infectious diseases on board already apply before ships call at our ports. The following additional agreements have now been made in consultation with the national health services:

  • The NSC remains operational 24/7 with limited staffing so that shipping is properly managed.
  • All shipping is required to complete the Maritime Declaration of Health as usual. This procedure is closely coordinated with the regional health service.
  • The Maritime Declaration of Health must be completed 24 hours before entering the port.The health service will be directly called in even if only one single question is answered ‘yes’ on this form.

Groningen Seaports is also following the government’s advice in this regard. For an overview of the procedures, see the page ‘Ship Sanitation Certificate‘.

COVID-19: Transport keeps us going

Inland ports and Inland shipping play an essential role in offering the people of Europe, the health services and the corporate sector a consistent flow of goods, needed to withstand this crisis. This flow of goods remains essential in such a critical period. As such, the free movement of goods must be guaranteed within the EU. A large group of European associations who represent transport, infrastructure managers, operators, employees in all modes of transport and the logistics sector, have published a joint declaration titled ‘COVID-19: Transport keeps us going’. The European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) is one of the parties to have signed this declaration.

Seafarers Mission Eemshaven closed from 13 November 2021

Due to stricter regulations regarding Covid 19 pandemic, the Seafarers Mission Eemshaven will unfortunately be closed from Saturday 13 November. This will initially apply for the next 3 weeks.

Compulsary negative COVID-19 test and declaration

From 15 December 2020, travellers who arrive from a country that is not on the EU ‘safe countries of origin’ list and who are exempt from the EU travel ban applicable to the Netherlands will need to produce the following documents:
These documents must be shown to the airline or (cruise) ship/ferry company, and to the Royal Military and Border Police (Koninklijke Marechaussee) in the Netherlands. More information on website Government of the Netherlands.

Updated corona dossiers

The inland shipping branch organisations CBRB and BLN and the evofenedex employers’ association have each created a corona dossier on their own website. This information is updated a number of times each day. The information gives an idea of the extremely diverse problems faced by the users of your ports, as well as the purpose and the decisions taken to solve the problems.

Other information

Groningen Seaports staff work at home as much as possible

The welfare and safety of the employees of Groningen Seaports is paramount. The following concrete measures have therefore been in place for Groningen Seaports since Thursday 12 March 2020:

  • Groningen Seaports follows the advice of the WHO, the government and national official bodies.
  • Personnel work at home as much as possible and meetings are mostly held digitally.
  • Personnel can be reached via e-mail, skype or telephone.
  • Operational services remain in place, with limited staffing.
  • Large-scale gatherings, meetings, training courses and trade fairs in which Groningen Seaports participates or which Groningen Seaports organises will not take place until at least 20 January 2021.
  • AG EMS is working on an adapted timetable

More information

For more information about the coronavirus and (additional) measures, please visit the following websites:

If you have any questions, you can of course always get in touch with your contact person at our company.