A fun and cool way of coming to MCH2022 is by boat. To enable that we have founded the Safe Harbour Authority. In the harbour we build ships can dock, get power, water and enjoy MCH2022. You can bring your own domain to enjoy MCH in all your luxury and whilst on the ship you are bound to your own rules as long as you're safe. In the office of the Safe Harbour Authority is a place to learn and speak about tech and ships as well as the Vessel Traffice Service we plan to setup.
The goal of the MCHarbour is to offer an harbour for boats to dock, be the on water camping ground of boat lovers, a ferry service, learn about technologies related to boating and organizer of fun water related activities. In order to facilitate that in a safe way we will offer harbour safety services that are available 24/7 (when we have enough volunteers) during the camp in conjunction with Team Safety. We will have offices, good communications and trained volunteers.
Bringing your boat to MCH
There are limited places to dock available. To facilitate as many ships as possible we dock ships stern to (yes it is a trick, but we'll help you out) as much as possible. If the harbour needs more space we will work on expanding the docking area. We have fixed pricing for stern-to docking for ships up to 12 meters. Tickets are available through the ticketshop. Larger ships are arranged on a case by case basis. Boats of bigger sizes have their own dynamics and will bring larger costs to facilitate. Contact the MCHavenmeester for more information and an offer that suits your needs.
There will be only be docking place available when a place is reserved, paid for and confirmed!
There are limits to the boats we can accept:
- Technically ships can be as long as 90 meters in length. That limited is the limit of the largest lock that provide access to the water near MCH. But docking a 90m ship would be an interesting challenge;
- The maximum width of ships is 9.9 meters. That limitation is also due size of the locks give us;
- Boats currently need to be limited to 1 meter in draught at the Safe Harbour Authority due to the depth of the water in the harbour. If your ship runs deeper, please contact us for alternatives harbour. We will provide a ferry service to this harbour. If your draught is more we might have options to accomate you if you're able to anchor. Please contact us for additional information
Facilities and rules
We have a signal group. If you want to be added: please let the Harbour master (Brenno) know at +31653536508.
We have our own "MCHarbour" channel (464.9750) on the UHF-DMR Orga Radionetwork provided by Team:ROC.
The main way of communication within the team, and with Orga, will be by using this network also for the port operations.
Our channel should have coverage all the way to the hotel where the ferry goes.
People who need a radio for their job will be provided with one.
BYOD is encouraged, please step by ROC to have your radio programmed.
VHF Maritime Radio (Marifoon)
The MC-Harbour Authority will be monitoring the Maritime VHF Channel 88, which is a simplex-channel dedicated to event-use.
Channel 88 will be used for all communication to visitors of the MCHarbour during arrival and departure, but also for safety situations.
You can reach the harbour with call sign 'SAFE HARBOUR'.
In the Netherlands the regulations require you to be licensed to use the Maritime VHF-radio, and you need to have and use an ATIS-code after your transmission.
We will try to actively monitor AIS-systems during arrival and departure, so we can prepare for your arrival as well as provide you with safety information.
Safety information will also be available through a phone connection.
In order to service you the best upon reservation we will contact you to obtain your ships details, your ATIS and MMSI codes.
A Europe number is obviously is not required.
Safe Harbour Authority's Office
We have our MC-Harbour office at the OpenKAT-villeage. At this place Captains can collect their wristbands, their Amenity-package and exchange money for coins. You can find information here exchange sailor stories and learn about water-hating, purring animals.
Here we have plenty of room to deal with Harbour-issues and coordinate safety and security during shifts. This central point is the place to contact us during your stay either by VHF-radio or just to walk by. If weather perits this is also the location where we offer extra's like on deck talks about all sorts of tech issues related to the naval world.
For the team this offers several possibilities. We have some storage space for needed stuff, a table to sit around and work, radio-systems for communications and a nice opportunity to view operations.
Rent your own boat
If you don't have a boat or don't want to bring your boat, but still want to sleep in a boat: there are options of hiring one. Some of the boats you can steer without having a license. So there are options for everybody. If you want to do that don't wait to long. This is high season and rental options will vanish soon. If you need help you can contact the Shavenmeester for help. We can help you find options to make SHA2017 as much fun as we can.
Ferry to hotel and WSV Nulde
Across the water there is Postillion hotel at strand Nulde (Amersfoort, postillion-hotel-amersfoort-veluwemeer). The hotel also offers a nice restaurant to lunch or dine with a beautiful view over the water.
Next to the hotel there is a also the harbour of our friends at WSV Nulde they run a nice, friendly harbour where deeper ships can be placed. They too offer a place to sit, relax and dine. If you want to go there we can help you setup there.
If you want to go to either the hotel, the WSV Nulde you can freely use our shuttle service that runs free of charge. You have to request service at the Safe Harbour Authority which will be really easy to do. The service operates from day 0 to day 4 from 10 am through midnight and on day 5 from 10 am through 2pm. The schedule is depending on volunteers so it may be that closer to the event we will be able to offer longer hours of operations. Please help and make this a 24 hours a day operation.
See also the page Ferry service.