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BICS contact informationThis page provides important contact information and the associated address details, such as those for the BICS Helpdesk and various other organisations.

BICS Helpdesk and information desk (user support business hours):

Telephone: +31-(0)88 2022600  (mon-fri 9-17h)

If required, the BICS Helpdesk will contact you on board ship regardless of your whereabouts in Europe. In order to make this possible, when you contact the Helpdesk please always provide the correct telephone numbers and indicate where you are, and when you can be reached.

If you are obliged to report electronically and you cannot comply with this as a result of a problem with BICS, you can contact our standby service outside office hours. In that case, leave a voicemail message and we will call you back at a later time. The standby service has the following accessibility for these special emergencies:

Outside office hours:

  • in the morning between 06:00 and 09:00 and in the evening between 17:00 and 23:00;
  • on the weekend between 09:00 and 17:00.

Outside of these times, we recommend that you pass on your report by VHF radio to the relevant traffic post. The non-obligatory ships that experience problems during the weekend and outside office hours are only assisted during office hours.

You can use the Application forms on this website to request a new BICS account, submit an Address change and/or Contact us online (i.e. comments, complaints, questions).


Rijkswaterstaat (

Rijkswaterstaat is the owner of the BICS application and makes it available to inland shipping (on a free-of-charge basis) together with the BICS website. If you have any questions about policy and regulations, please contact the "Environmental Management" Department of Rijkswaterstaat. Any questions or comments about the website can be sent to "BICS Functional Management".

The following are the main organisational departments within Rijkswaterstaat that are involved with BICS:

Scheepvaart VerkeersCentrum (RWS-VWM)
Mr Peter Oudenes (Environmental Management)

BICS Functional Management and Operations team, Messages service (EMIS) & IVS Next
BICS, EMIS team:

Rijkswaterstaat VWM Watermanagement Centrum Nederland (previously RIZA)

The Waterkamer, which is the information centre for inland waters within Rijkswaterstaat Verkeer- en Watermanagement (VWM), publishes the  Waterway Information & Notices to Skippers.
PO Box 17
8200 AA Lelystad

Contact information for questions about current waterway notices under normal and special circumstances:


ERI Reference Data - questions:

ERDMS (Ref Tool):
For requesting international standardised (ERI) reference information (master dumps) and communicating mutations (an account is required for communicating mutations).

NLRDMS (Rijkswaterstaat (NL) Reference Data Tool): 
For requesting reference information (master dumps) such as that used in BICS, IVS-Next and for communicating mutations (an account is required for communicating mutations).


Bureau Telematica Binnenvaart (

Bureau Telematica Binnenvaart (1997) is a staff department that acts on behalf of the joint inland shipping sector organisations and, amongst other tasks, is responsible for promoting BICS and communication with the users and the market parties involved.

Vasteland 78
3011 BN Rotterdam
Telephone: +31 (0)10 - 206 0606