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Ship’s papers

Ship’s registration papers.

Copies of the International Colregs and German Colregs (Seeschiffahrtsstrasse-nordnung) must be carried.

If boat is chartered, the charter contract may be requested.

Crew papers


Certificate of competence for skipper.

VHF Certificate of Competence for radio operator.

Report to Customs?

Not if arriving from EU country. If arriving from non-EU country, report to customs at Borkum, Norderney, Nordeich, Wilhelmshaven, Bremerhaven, Cuxhaven, Kiel or Travemunde.

Inland waterways

Contact the German tourist office in London for information on permits, charges etc.


Good availability.


Readily available.

Shore power 220V AC

Good availability in marinas.

Berthing charges

Less than in UK.


Flussig gas may compatible with Calor regulators.

Camping Gaz

Readily available.


Deutschmark (100 pfennigs).

Credit cards

Widely accepted. Cashpoints in most towns.


Widely accepted.

Travellers cheques

Take in Deutschmarks or sterling .

Emergencies ­ VHF

Call on Ch 16. Good lifeboat coverage.

Emergencies ­ phone

Ambulance 112

Police 110

Fire 112


Allowed in if have certificate of health, and certificate in English and German from a vet stating that the animal has had a rabies injection not less than 30 days and not more than a year before arrival.

Telephone boxes

Eastern Germany’s previously dreadful telephone system has now been updated, and it’s possible to make international calls from all over the country.

Dialling code to UK

0044 then the number, omitting the first 0.

Weather forecasts

It should be possible to pick up BBC Radio 4 longwave shipping forecasts and gale warnings. German coast radio stations offer a good service on VHF, but in German only. See RYA weather booklet for details.


Dimensions as for UK.Max weight of fully laden trailer without brakes: 750kg.

Charts and books

Admiralty charts good for German Bight, but German Seekarten and Sportbootkarten are needed for harbours and estuaries. See Cruising Guide below for advice on charts.

Macmillan Nautical Almanac.

Cruising Guide to Germany and Denmark. Brian Navin. Imray.

British Embassy

Wilhelmstrasse 70, 10117 Berlin. Tel: 0049 30 20457 0. Visit

Tourist office in UK

German National Tourist Office, 65 Curzon Street, London W1Y 8NE. Tel: 0900 1600100. It’s 60p per minute for a recorded message about brochures. Or visit



September 2001


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