Waterways and Shipping Directorate Central

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Waterways and Shipping Directorate Mitte
(WSD Mitte)

State level Federation
Supervisory authority Federal Ministry of Traffic, Construction and City Development
founding 1949
Headquarters Hanover
Web presence wsd-mitte.wsv.de
Located in the former Infantry Barracks 1 on Waterlooplatz

The Central Waterways and Shipping Directorate (WSD Mitte) was a federal agency and subordinated to the Federal Ministry for Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS). The seat was in Hanover .

On May 1, 2013, the authority initially became a branch of the General Directorate for Waterways and Shipping (GDWS) and, with the entry into force of the WSV Responsibility Adjustment Act (Federal Law Gazette Part 1 No. 24, 2016, p. 1257ff), it became the Hanover location on June 1, 2016 the GDWS.


The Central Waterways and Shipping Directorate was responsible for ensuring the safety and ease of traffic on the federal waterways Mittellandkanal (up to MLK-km 318.4 near Magdeburg ), Elbe-Seitenkanal , Weser (up to Weser-km 354.19 near Dreye ) , Werra , Fulda , Aller , Leine and the Edersee and Diemelsee dams .

In this context, the authority had to take care of the maintenance and the new construction and expansion of these waterways. She was responsible for averting danger , operating the shipping facilities such as weirs , locks , pumping stations and the Lüneburg ship lift . She had to set the navigation signs on the waterways of her area of ​​responsibility. The Waterways and Shipping Directorate, as the river police , directed and regulated the traffic on the waterways, examined ships sailing there for their safety, issued certificates of competence to operate ships and had to prevent environmental damage caused by ships.

Subordinate authorities

The following authorities were subordinate to the Central Waterways and Shipping Directorate:


  • NN : Wasser- und Schifffahrtsdirektion Mitte (later pasted over with strips of paper as General Directorate Waterways and Shipping - branch office Mitte - ), brochure published. from the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development, 2010 edition

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Organization. Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration , June 2, 2016, accessed on June 7, 2016 .

Coordinates: 52 ° 21 '59.4 "  N , 9 ° 43' 45.3"  E