The coast guard keeps an eye on the sea

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  • 22.04.14

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  • 17.04.14

    On our website you can find everything about the coast guard in Belgium. Curious about how the coast guard of other countries operate? Check it here: the coast guard abroad.

  • 14.04.14

    Our coast guard partner Maritime Access Division is looking for a staff member, a tophographer and an engineer. More information on Apply before April 21st.

  • 10.04.14

    Our coast guard partner Management of the North Sea Mathematical Models (BMM) is recruiting a scientific collaborator with a master degree in science or engineering. 

    More information on the MUMM website.

  • 04.04.14

    The ferry to cross the fairway in Nieuwpoort has been out of service for a while due to damages by the severe storm in December last year.
    Because of the holiday period our coast guard partners Coastal Division and Fleet have set up a temporary ferry service (only for pedestrians), starting April 5th.

    More information on of

  • 03.04.14

    It is not necessary to share your pack of french fries or your portion of fresh shrimp with seagulls. They do have food enough. If they are constantly fed by humans, they will no longer go find food themselves. They will tear garbage bags open which causes the street to be full of litter and which attracts vermin.  Rooftops, cars and sidewalks are covered in seagull excrement. Moreover, seagulls are known to come and steal food out of people's hands, which can prove dangerous, especially for small children.

    Did you know that is forbidden by law to feed seagulls? If you go ahead and do it anyway, you risk a heavy fine in most coastal municipalities along the Belgian coast?

  • 01.04.14

    Curious about what the coast guard and the coast guard partners did in 2013?

    Check our annual report!

  • 01.04.14
    Job Navy

    Every first Wednesday of the month (including tomorrow) at 2pm you can get to know more about a certain vacancy or about life and work with the navy in general in the Specialised Information Centre in Zeebrugge naval base.  

    More information on the website of Defense.

  • 01.04.14
    Marien Ruimtelijk Plan

    A Maritime Spatial Planning is intended to result in a better planning of the use and the space within Belgian marine areas  and to offer more legal security to the sea user. This is of great importance for all coast guard partners.
    In 2011 the development of a Marine Spatial Planning (MRP) was initiated. In 2012 a Royal Decree was drawn up in which an advisory committee is appointed and in which the procedure for marine spatial planning is described. The advisory committee consists out of federal and regional governmental departments.

    In 2013 a draft plan was made up and all coast guard partners were invited to give advice, as well as the general public. All observations have been processed and researched in great detail. The Royal Decree was signed on March 20th 2014 and comes into effect beginnings of April 2014. Download here a brochure with more information (in Dutch). You can also order a hard copy: Federal Public Service Public Health - or 02/254.97.97


  • 27.03.14

    From March 31st to April 3rd several coast guard partners take part in the'expert meeting' of the North Atlantic Coast Guard Forum (NAGCF) in Sydney, Canada. The NACGF was founded in 2007 and is a non– binding, voluntary forum between the coast guard organisations of 20 countries. The main goal is to promote and facilitate cooperation and to exchange information on best practices and experiences.

    The NACGF counts seven different working groups focusing on topics such as environmental response, fishery, drug traficking, Search and Rescue (SAR), etc. They meet yearly in the spring during the'expert meeting', followed by a meeting of the heads of delegation of all participating countries in the fall.

    The director-general of Belgium's government crisis centre, in his function as Coast Guard Chairman, is the head of delegation, accompanied by the Coast Guard Secretary and a representative of the ministry of Defence. Delegates of both regional and federal coast guard partners participate in the working groups. The Coast Guard Secretariat is the national point of contact for all matters regarding the NACGF. 

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