Reporting foreign shipwrecks in Dutch Waters

When a foreign shipwreck is discovered in Dutch waters, this should be reported. This protocol explains where a find should ideally be reported, how the information flow should start from when the find is reported onwards, and which organisations should be involved.

As owner and manager of Dutch waters, the government plays an important part in maritime heritage care. The RCE works together with partners in order to establish sustainable heritage management on an international level. A series of protocols has been published in order to achieve this, amongst which this flowchart about reporting the discovery of a foreign shipwreck in Dutch waters.


Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, 2022.

This document is a result of the International Programme for Maritime Heritage 2017-2021. It is also available in Dutch.