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What Does the Term “Port Call” Mean?
What Does the Term “Port Call” Mean?

Definition of Port (of) Call and Voyage

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Written by Stefanie Schumann
Updated over a week ago

According to the EUROPEAN UNION MRV REGULATION, the following definitions can be found:

💡Port (of) Call:

A port call is a port where a vessel loads/unloads cargo or embarks/disembarks passengers.

Not a port call is:

  • refueling

  • obtaining supplies

  • relieving the crew

  • dry-docking or repairs

  • ship-to-ship transfers carried out outside ports

  • stops for the sole purpose of taking shelter from adverse weather or rendered necessary by search and rescue activities

The MRV Regulation does not apply to voyages and activities other than transporting cargo or passengers for commercial purposes, such as dredging, ice-breaking, pipe laying, and offshore installation and construction.

The MRV regulation does not apply to warships, naval auxiliaries, fish-catching or fish-processing ships, wooden ships of a primitive build, ships not propelled by mechanical means, or government ships used for non-commercial purposes.


A voyage starts at berth and ends at berth. Maneuvering under pilotage and/or anchoring are considered part of the voyage. However, the time spent at sea is based on port departure and arrival date and excludes anchoring.

The following terms must be distinguished:

  • Previous Port: last port already abandoned

  • Current Port: port where the ship is currently based

  • Next Port: next intended port

  • Current Port = Next Port: at the end of the voyage

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