Waterways and Shipping Directorate North

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Waterways and Shipping Directorate North
(WSD North)

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State level Federation
Supervisory authority Federal Ministry of Traffic, Construction and City Development
founding 1949
Headquarters Kiel
Web presence wsd-nord.wsv.de

The Waterways and Shipping Directorate North (WSD North) was a federal agency and subordinated to the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS). The seat was in Kiel .

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, pp. 1257ff), it became the Kiel site on June 1, 2016 the GDWS.


The authority was responsible for ensuring the safety and ease of traffic on the federal waterways of the German Baltic Sea coast , the Schleswig-Holstein North Sea coast , the Lower Elbe and its tributaries, the Kiel Canal , the Eider , the Untertrave and the Peene .

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 locks , gauges , weirs and pumping stations . She had to set the navigation signs on the waterways of her area of ​​responsibility. The Waterways and Shipping Directorate, as the shipping police, directed and regulated traffic on the waterways, examined ships operating there for their safety, issued certificates of proficiency in operating ships and had to prevent environmental damage caused by ships.

Subordinate authorities

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


Presentation of a buoy in front of the WSD

The authority emerged from the Imperial Canal Commission established in 1886 for the construction of what was then the Kaiser Wilhelm Canal (today the Kiel Canal) . This was transferred to the newly formed Imperial Canal Office in Kiel on July 1, 1895 . The sewer office had the task of monitoring the sewer operation and ensuring that business ran smoothly. A naval commissioner was employed by the Canal Office to protect the interests of the military and acted as an organ of the Reichsmarineamt . The Canal Office was a department of the Reich Office of the Interior .

In 1919 the authority was renamed the Reich Canal Office. President was Robert Scharmer . On April 1, 1939, the Reich Canal Office was abolished and the waterways directorates were established as a separate department under the President of the Province of Schleswig-Holstein. After the end of the Second World War , the Kiel Waterways Directorate was initially subordinated to the state administration of Schleswig-Holstein.

In 1947, following an administrative reform, the waterway directorate was renamed the lake waterway directorate . At the same time, the following local authorities were formed: Seewasserstraßenamt Tönning , Glückstadt , Lübeck , Ostsee / Kiel, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Kanal in Kiel-Holtenau , Brunsbüttelkoog , Seewasserstraßen-Maschinenamt Rendsburg / Saatsee and Seewasserstraßen-Verkehrsamt Kiel / Holtenau with the port captains Holtenau and Brunsbüttelkoog and since then June 10, 1947 the Brunsbüttelkoog navigation mark office.

Between 1949 and 1975 the authority was called the Kiel Waterways and Shipping Directorate and from 1976 the North Waterways and Shipping Directorate. As a result of the reform of the Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration, the authority lost its independence on May 1, 2013, became the North Branch Office of the General Directorate for Waterways and Shipping and, with the entry into force of the WSV Responsibility Adjustment Act (Federal Law Gazette Part 1 No. 24, 2016, p. 1257ff) General Directorate Waterways and Shipping, Kiel location.

Web links

Commons : Wasser- und Schifffahrtsdirektion Nord  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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

Coordinates: 54 ° 21 ′ 12 ″  N , 10 ° 8 ′ 24 ″  E