Legal basis

For passing the Kiel Canal, dues are levied in accordance with the NOK-Befahrungsabgabenverordnung (Ordinance on Navigation dues on the Kiel Canal - NOKBefAbgV), both for merchant shipping and for vessels that are used exclusively for sport and pleasure trips. This means that you are operating in the area of public law. Therefore, the payment is not based on a sales contract, so you do not buy a ticket as for example in public transport.

It is a public charge for the use of the artificial waterway Kiel Canal. You can pay the dues at two payment machines at the Kiel-Holtenau locks. To do so, you must moor your pleasure craft at a landing stage. Payment is possible in cash in Euro or by credit or EC-card.

However, you can also pay the dues voluntarily in advance via this webshop. Therefore, you must specify the planned time of your passage and the type of your vessel (motor- or muscle-powered) and, in the case of motor vessels, also the length of the vessel. In addition, you must specify the direction of passage and whether you want two locks (then entire passage) or one lock (then partial passage). The store sends you a notice of dues via e-mail, which determines the amount (amount according to No. 1.2 and No. 1.3 and No. 2.2 and No. 2.3 of the appendix to § 1 of the NOKBefAbgV). This will contain instructions on how to raise a formal objection in the case you need it. After having paid, you will receive via e-mail a proof of payment containing a code. The code/proof of payment is already valid two days before the specified date and also three days after. This way you keep your flexibility.

Of course, you can also pay the dues via the webshop shortly before the trip, planning ahead for a longer period of time is not necessary.

You present the code during inspections to prove that you have already paid the dues. A Din A 4 printout is helpful for this purpose.


Formal objection in public law

You can cancel the payment with an objection (objection), either postal or by e-mail, within one month (appeal period according to  § 70 Verwaltungsgerichtsordnung 

by stating the number of the notice of dues and, if applicable, the reasons why you are not starting the passage.

 If the one-month period has passed and your plans change, you can also informally file a request for revocation under § 49 Verwaltungsverfahrensgesetz by explaining why you are not making the passage.


No revocation as under civil law distance selling transactions

The legal basis for the passage dues is a regulation from public law. The revocation as it is given in German civil law according to §§ 312 b ff. Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch (BGB - German Civil Code) for distance selling transactions, is not applicable.