Waterways and Shipping Office Wilhelmshaven - Wasserstraßen- und Schifffahrtsamt Wilhelmshaven

Waterways and Shipping Office Wilhelmshaven
(WSA Wilhelmshaven)

State level Bund
position Local authority
Supervisory authority Directorate-General for Waterways and Shipping
founding 1. November 1949
resolution 8. April 2019
Headquarters Wilhelmshaven
View of the WSA Wilhelmshaven building yard

The Wasserstraßen- und Schifffahrtsamt Wilhelmshaven (WSA Wilhelmshaven) was a waterways and shipping office in Germany. It belonged to the service area of ​​the General Directorate for Waterways and Shipping , formerly Waterways and Shipping Directorate Northwest .

The Waterways and Shipping Office in Wilhelmshaven was founded on November 1st, 1949. Its predecessor organizations go back to 1854 . By merging the waterways and shipping authorities in Wilhelmshaven, Bremen and Bremerhaven , the new waterways and shipping department Weser-Jade-Nordsee was merged on April 8, 2019 .

Area of ​​responsibility

Team area of ​​the WSA employees on the island of Minsener Oog (May 2012)

The tasks of the Waterways and Shipping Office Wilhelmshaven included:


The Wilhelmshaven suburb with the Wilhelmshaven sea lock and the Wangerooge and Minsener Oog bases, as well as the building yard in Wilhelmshaven and the communications engineering department, belonged to the Wilhelmshaven waterways and shipping office.

  • The outskirts of Wilhelmshaven were responsible for the operation of the Wilhelmshaven sea lock as well as the maintenance, repair and monitoring of the structures and facilities in the area of ​​the federal waterway Jade and the German Bight .
  • The building yard in Wilhelmshaven was responsible for maintenance work on the systems of the federal waterway Jade, maintenance and upkeep of the sea lock as well as maintenance and repair work on the waterways and shipping authority's vessels.
  • The communications engineering specialist group was responsible for the technology of the Jade and German Bight traffic safety systems.

Traffic control center

Lighthouse on the Heligoland Oberland with long-range radar system

The Wilhelmshaven Waterways and Shipping Authority maintained a traffic control center from which shipping traffic on the Jade between the approach northwest of Wangerooge and Wilhelmshaven and part of the German Bight was monitored and directed around the clock. [1]

The Waterways and Shipping Office operated a radar chain along the fairway to monitor and control shipping traffic on the Jade. [2] For the German Bight mid-1980s was long-range radar equipment put one on Helgoland in operation, which was used for radar surveillance of the sea area within a radius of 48 kilometers. The traffic control center at the Wilhelmshaven waterways and shipping office was responsible for the area north, west and south of Heligoland (here up to the approaches to the Elbe and Weser ) as well as parts of the traffic separation areas "Terschelling - German Bight" off the East Frisian Islandsand “Westansteuer Deutsche Bucht” west of Heligoland . [3]

Small vehicle license plate

The small watercraft in the area of ​​the waterways and shipping office Wilhelmshaven were assigned small vehicle registration numbers with the identifier WHV .


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Individual evidence

  1. Verkehrszentrale , Wasserstraßen- und Schifffahrtsamt Wilhelmshaven, accessed on July 9, 2018.
  2. ^ Jade traffic safety system , Waterways and Shipping Office Wilhelmshaven (with map). Retrieved September 9, 2011
  3. German Bight Traffic Safety System , Waterways and Shipping Office Wilhelmshaven (with map). Retrieved September 9, 2011

Coordinates: 53 ° 31 '26 " N , 8 ° 6' 51" E