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  • 08.12.14
    Masterplan Coastal Safety

    Our coast guard partner Coastal Division has been working continuously on the execution of the Masterplan Coastal Safety since 2011. In a great number of coastal municipalities works have been completed, are being executed of are planned. If you are curious about the progress, Coastal Division has a digital publication to consult.

  • 02.12.14

    Friday November 28th the Coast Guard secretariat, in close cooperation with the health & safety coordinator of the Agency for Maritime Services and Coast (MDK), organized a meeting on the subject of Ebola. A number of Belgian coast guard partners were worried about possible danger of contamination when boarding ships that come from countries affected by the epidemic. To minimize the danger of contamination as much as possible, a special procedure was adopted and clarified for the benefit of the coast guard partners. The Belgian national coordinator for Ebola was also present at this meeting to address any further concerns the coast guard partners might have.

  • 01.12.14

    Thursday November 27th, the participants to the formation 'nautical chain management', organized by Portilog, visited Ostend. The Coast Guard secretaries provided them with a general overview of the Coast guard structure. Next on the agenda was the coast guard centre, consisting out of two operational centres that collaborate closely, namely the Maritime Rescue and Coordination Centre (MRCC) and the Belgian Maritime Security Centre (MIK). To conclude the visit, the participants were given the chance to visit the workfloor of the MRCC. 

  • 01.12.14
    Facebook Sand extraction

    Do you want to know more on sand and gravel extraction in the Belgian part of the North Sea? Follow the latest news on Facebook!


    Our coast guard partner Continental Shelf of the Federal Public Service Economy, SMEs, Self-Employed  and Energy took the initiative to create a facebook page. Follow their activities and those of the sand extraction firms on www.facebook.com/continentaalplat

  • 01.12.14

    November 19th, Shipping Assistance Division was host to some of the Belgian coast guard partners. As National Competent Authority, the division organized an information session on the European Integrated Maritime Data Environment (IMDatE). The coast guard secretaries were also present. This project is intented to improve the cooperation between different coast guard authorities and to facilitate cross-border cooperation.

    The European Agency for Maritime Safety (EMSA) developed an Imdate webservice. With this webservice a regional maritime traffic image can be presented, including position - information derived from different databases. During this information session, the various functionalities were discussed and the coast guard partners had the chance to ask to provide extra functionalities to support their operational tasks. To conclude, EMSA and DG MOVE (directorate-general within the European Commission responsible for transport) visited the Maritime Rescue- and Coordination Centre (MRCC).

  • 19.11.14

    Minister for the North Sea Bart Tommelein and the governor of West-Flanders province had a meeting on November 17th. Goal was to balance policy and operational guidelines as much as possible. Because of the involvement of all coast guard partners, the coast guard secretary was also present. Main topics were Blue Growth and energy with the future creation of an energy-atoll, but also the protection of cultural heritage under water, the coast guard centre, watersports at sea, and the simplification of the procedures with regard to maritime legislation.

  • 13.11.14
    VHF Sectors - Sector Division

    An update of the brochure VHF Channels - Sector Division is available (4.0) with the following adaptations: the border at Oostdyckbank has been relocated, there is an extra anchorage area and a number of buoys have been amended in function of the separation sea shipping - pleasure craft.

    You can download the brochure here or on www.vts-scheldt.net.

  • 05.11.14

    Recently a basking shark was spotted off the Belgian Coast in the North Sea. This is rare, since there have only been five such sightings in the Belgian waters over the last few years. Although its length can reach up to eight metres, there is no need to fear this type of shark, because it feeds solely on plankton.

    Which sharks are to be found in the North Sea? There are three sorts : Dogfish, Cat Shark and Smooth Hound. They are not often spotted along the Belgian coast, they are more frequently found along the English and Scottish coasts. So if you are afraid of sharks, there is nothing to fear on the Belgian coast.

  • 10.10.14
    VLIZ

    The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) presents two scientific awards for 2014:

    The VLIZ Thesis Awards for Marine Sciences 2014. There are two prizes, each amounting to 500 EUR. Subscription before 30 November 2014.

    The Annual VLIZ North Sea Award 2014 to encourage innovative marine research, wether fundamental or applied. The prize amounts to 1000 EUR and is indivisible. Candidates are requested to submit their candidature before 30 November 2014.

    More information on www.vliz.be

     

  • 08.10.14
    Plenary meeting NACGF

    From September 29th to October 1st, the Coast Guard Secretary and a representant of the ministry of Defence participated to the 'plenary meeting' of the North Atlantic Coast Guard Forum (NACGF) in Halifax, Canada. The focus this year was on innovative technologies in the marine and maritime world. Also on the agenda: a visit to the Marine Center of Expertise (MEC) - Canada Border Services Agency', a training and information-exchange facility.

    Earlier this year, in April, the 'expert meeting' already took place. The NACGF counts seven working groups regarding fishery, drug traficking, Search and Rescue (SAR), environmental response, etc. Delegates of both regional and federal coast guard partners participate in these working groups. In the fall usually follows a 'plenary meeting' of the heads of delagations of all participating countries. 

    The NACGF is a non-binding, voluntary forum between 20 member-states, founded in 2007. Its main purpose is to promote and facilitate cooperation and to exchange information on best practices and experiences. The Coast Guard secretariat is the national point of contact for the NACGF.

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