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  • 25.03.19

    The storms along the Belgian coast from the last weeks created a huge sandbank blocking the harbour entrance to Blankenberge. The sandbank is located near the western palisade in front of the harbour entrance. At low tide part of the sandbank reaches out above the water surface. This might prove dangerous toshipping traffic going in and out. At high tide it is still possible, with particular caution, to sail in or out of the harbour. At low tide vessels going in or out are at risk of beaching. 

    Our coast guard partner agency for Maritime and Coastal Services (MDK) is doing its utmost to ensure that the sandbank will be removed. They hope to be able to start the works this week. Removing the entire sandbank is estimated to take up two to three weeks. 

     

  • 22.01.19
    Crisis Centre FPS Interior©DGCC

    Curious as to what our coast guard partner Crisis centre is up to? Now is your chance to find out. A brand new tv-series at Éen called 'De veiligheid van het land' gives you a fair idea of what goes on behind the scenes. Watch how policy-makers, government authorities and operational services all work together to ensure everyone's safety in Belgium, locals as well as visitors, from festival goer to king. 
    Starts on Monday January 28th, 21h30 at Één.

  • 18.11.18
    Summit meeting NACGF 2018@Belgian Navy

    Belgium had the honour of being the 2018 host to the North Atlantic Coast Guard Forum (NACGF). That meant organizing two conferences in one year. In spring for the expert meetings and in autumn for the summit meeting for a total of 160 participants from Belgium and abroad.
    Curious about how we organized all that? Take a peek behind the scenes at the NACGF 2018. 

  • 16.11.18
    Compendium VLIZ

    The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) launches the third edition of their Compendium for Coast and Sea on Friday 7 December 2018. The Compendium includes scientifically based and up-to-date information on the Belgian part of the North Sea and the Flemish coastal areas. The launch event takes places in De Grote Post in Ostend from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and is open to marine scientists, policy makers, industry and other interested users or stakeholders of the sea and coast.
    More information: www.vliz.be 

  • 13.11.18
    BrochureCoastalMarinas©CoastalDivision

    The brochure 'Marinas along the Flemish Coast', a realisation by our coast guard partner Coastal Division, got an update. It offers a comprehensive overview of the works that were executes in Ostend, Blankenberge, Zeebrugge and Nieuwpoort and the plans for the future. At Nieuwpoort an extra 500 berth will be created along the right bank, together with space designated for living, for shops and for restaurants and bars. A new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists will connect this new part of town with Nieuwpoort-centre. To prevent the further silting of the harbour channel in Blankenberge, a new and higher dam would offer a solution. The execution thereof is planned for the second half of 2019. Curious to read more? Brochure Marinas along the Flemish Coast.

  • 23.08.18

    Feeling nostalgic? Take a stroll through the rich past of the Belgianc coast on www.beeldbankkusterfgoed.be.

    You will find a precious collection of olf pictures, postcards, drawings and posters from Middelkerke, Oostende, De Haan and Blankenberge. Currently, the database contains about 73.000 images. The intention is to expand the database even more and your help is appreciated. You can do so by uploading interesting images, but also by helping out as a volunteer with tracking down, digitalising and describing the images. 

  • 22.08.18
    coastalweatherforecast@CoastalDivision

    Planning a trip to the seaside in the coming days? Before you leave, do not forget to check the coastal weather forecast. That why you know immediately what to bring, your sunscreen or your umbrella. Our coast guard partner Coastal Division makes a special forecast for the coast and the sea. It is updated four times a day and split between the westcoast (De Panne to Oostende) and the eastcoast (Oostende to Knokke-Heist). You can also see webcam images of several coastal municipalities. 
    www.kustweerbericht.be
     

  • 20.08.18

    An afternoon at the beach? An ideal time to browse throug the summer sea newspaper!
    This is already the 11th year that the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and West-Flanders province keep you informed about a wide range of marine-related subjects. Find out more about walrusses, microplastics and drowned Ostend. The newspaper also features a shell identification chart so that you can learn all the names of the shell at your feet. 
    You can get the newspaper at the VLIZ offices or at the visitor centres and tourism offices along the Belgian coast. Sadly, it is only available in Dutch, but that's a good motivation to work on your language skills, no? 

    www.vliz.be/nl/zeekrant
     

  • 01.08.18
    JacquesD'havé@MDK

    August 1st 2018, administrator-general Jacques D'havé from the agency for Maritime and Coastal services is retiring. Not only was he in charge of the four coast guard partners unified in the agency (Coastal Divison, Shipping Assistance Division, Pilotage and Fleet), he was also chairman of the Coast Guard's policy-making body. We want to take this opportunity to thank captain D'havé for the years of coopeation, his pragmatic handling and solution-oriented thinking, his continuous availability and for the crucial role he played in the creation of the Coast Guard structure. We wish him a well-earned retirement!

    Mr. D'havé is succeeded by Mrs. Nathalie Balcaen, who was up until now maritime and logistic advisor for the regional minister of Mobility and Public Works. The Coast Guard is not an unknown factor to her, since she used to work at our coast guard partner Coastal Division as the deputy head of Flemish Hydrography and director Coastal Development. 

  • 24.07.18

    On the west coast of Belgium, in De Panne and Nieuwpoort, there are more jellyfish than usual. Several people were stung and had to be treated by the lifeguards. The jellyfish now spotted on the west coast, is the so called 'compass jellyfish', the most common jellyfish in summer. It has a brown, compass-like pattern and long tentacles and is likely to cause severe skin irritation.

    On the tentacles of a jellyfish venomonous cells are located. When being touched, jellyfish inject these cells containing venom into the victim.  Depending on the type of jellyfish and the victim's sensitivity, the pain can be less or more severe. Usually being stung by jellyfish on our coast is not dangerous or mortal.

    When you have been stung, carefully remove any parts of tentacles which may have been left on the skin. Do this by rinsing the wound with salt water (not fresh water). Avoid rubbing the wound! Rinsing with salt water or applying a cold compress may help to relieve the pain. In case of severe discomfort, painkillers may prove necessary.
    Take care: even beached and dying jellyfish can still sting when touched!

    Thanks to Francis Kerckhof, RBIN/OD Nature

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