Amsterdam Will Reduce Number Of Sea Cruises By Half In 2026


The city of Amsterdam will limit the number of sea cruises that moor at the Passengers Terminal Amsterdam (PTA) from 190 to a maximum of one hundred per year from 2026 onwards. The PTA will also immediately return to one berth and cruise ships will be required to use shore power by 2027. The aim is a (definitive) departure of the PTA from its current location on Veemkade in 2035.

Alderman Hester van Buren (Port): “The city council wants a liveable, clean and sustainable city. Sea cruise is a polluting form of tourism and contributes to crowds and emissions in the city. By limiting sea cruises, requiring shore power and aiming for the cruise terminal (PTA) to move from its current location in 2035, the council is responsibly implementing the council’s proposal to stop sea cruises. With these balanced steps, the council tries to meet what is reasonable and acceptable to all parties, within the agreements already made in the context of the North Sea Canal Area (NZKG) and Sprong over the IJ.”

In-depth analysis

Research agency Berenschot has carried out an in-depth analysis on behalf of the city of Amsterdam in which the various interests are inventoried and weighed. Discussions were held with many stakeholders from the industry, city, region and national government. With the proposed measures, the council follows the recommendations from Berenschot’s report.


Reducing sea cruises is also one of over a hundred measures to achieve a sustainable visitor economy. Besides reducing the tourist crowds, the measure also has positive effects on the reduction of pollutant emissions such as particulate matter, nitrogen and sulphur oxides and CO2 emissions.

Feasibility study of PTA relocation

In consultation with the government (Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management), the Port Authority and the province of North Holland, a financial and legal feasibility study will be carried out in the coming period into a possible relocation of the PTA to the Coenhaven.

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