Waterways and Shipping Directorate Northwest

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Waterways and Shipping Directorate Northwest
(WSD Northwest)

State level Federation
Supervisory authority Federal Ministry of Traffic, Construction and City Development
founding 1949
Headquarters Aurich
Web presence wsd-nordwest.de
The water and shipping directorate north-west in Aurich

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

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, year 2016, p. 1257ff), it became the Aurich site on June 1, 2016 the GDWS.


The Waterways and Shipping Directorate Northwest was responsible for ensuring the safety and ease of traffic on the federal waterways of Lower Saxony's North Sea coast , the Lower and Outer Weser with its tributaries and the Lower Ems .

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 Northwest:

Web links

Individual evidence

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

Coordinates: 53 ° 28 ′ 2 "  N , 7 ° 28 ′ 34.4"  E