Police regulations on navigation on the Moselle River (RPNM, from the French) allow for the granting of priority locking rights.
Operators or owners of passenger craft may be granted such rights by filing an application and paying a tax within the prescribed time period.
Operators or owners of passenger craft undertaking recognised regular transport, under an operating permit, can enjoy priority locking rights.
Priority locking rights may be granted to:
The schedule of priority lockings can be viewed online.
Applications for priority locking rights may be filed from the 3rd Monday in November of the year preceding the lock transit. Applications are processed in order of receipt.
The application must state:
The application or a modification must be sent, with proof of payment of the tax, to the Department of Navigation (Service de la navigation):
An up-to-date schedule of priority lockings will be published and available to view online.
The amount of the tax is determined as follows:
The tax must be paid by bank transfer to the account: IBAN LU76 1111 0007 7596 0000, Administration de l'Enregistrement, des Domaines et de la TVA, Bureau Diekirch Domaines, including the following mandatory information: Department of Navigation, Name of applicant, Charge for issuing / modification of a permit, priority locking, name of vessel, year.
The priority-locking permit grants the beneficiary vessel the right to transit locks ahead of other vessels, as soon as it is sighted by the lock staff at the site of the RPNM Annex 7 C4 sign and its supplement.
In addition to the general signage, vessels with priority locking rights must fly a red pennant on the bow, high enough to be clearly visible.
Priority locking rights may be revoked or modified at any time, notably for reasons of safety and fluidity of waterway traffic, or for proper operation of the waterway. In such cases, permit holders are not entitled to any compensation.
The authorisation ceases to be valid if any one of the conditions to which it is subject is not fulfilled or ceases to be fulfilled.
In the event of the cancellation or modification of planned journeys, the staff at the locks in question must be informed as soon as possible.
If priority locking rights have not been exercised on more than 2 occasions, without prior notification, the priority rights may be revoked and the publication modified to reflect this; in this instance, a one-off fee will be payable. The priority locking rights would then have to be granted anew, and the operator would have to pay the charge for the opening of that new file.