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  • 16.03.20

    Always up-to-date on the latest news about the corona virus?
    Our coast guard partner the Belgian national crisis centre keeps you informed on emergency situations via BE-alert.

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  • 16.03.20

    Our coast guard partners are putting all their efforts in following the instructions with regard to the corona virus whilst ensuring public service wherever possible.

    Our coast guard partner agency for Maritime and Coastal services (MDK) informs that the ferry service in Nieuwpoort and the ferry service in Oostende are cancelled during weekends until April 3rd 2020.

    On weekdays the ferry service in Oostende will be operational for commuters.
    Similar to public transport, other ferry services remain operational.

    All information on ferry services:

  • 06.03.20

    Embedded cooperation ensures high-quality data exchange and a safer North Sea

    Today, March 6th 2020, the final event of the MAiDEN project took place. The icing on the cake after two years of intensive cooperation between coast guard partners.


    Sea of expertise

    The MAritime Information Data Exchange Network, or MAiDEN – project in short, is a cooperation between different coast guard partners responsible for safety, security and incident-handling on the Belgian part of the North Sea.
    The Directorate – General (DG) Shipping of the Federal Public Service (FPS) Mobility and Transport took on the coordinating role and worked closely with the Agency for Maritime and Coastal Services (MDK), Defense, Customs and the Maritime and River Police.The services of the governor of West-Flanders province and the coast guard secretariat provided administrative assistance.

    March 1st 2018 was the official kick-off for the MAiDEN project. From that day on, the MAiDEN partners had two years to ensure a high-end connection between their data – and communication networks. Those networks contribute to an efficient data-exchange and help build up an accurate overview of all activities on the Belgian part of the North Sea.

    Today the MAiDEN partners presented the milestones achieved to the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Entreprises (EASME), who financed part of the project.

    Future operations will benefit from a safer and more secure North Sea!


  • 05.02.20

    Let the countdown to February 11th begin. An exciting day for Belgium's marine research community, as the new research vessel Belgica II will be launched!
    At the end of 2019 the bow thrusters and drop keels were installed. These past weeks, the vessel was given a paint job and is now dazzling white. 

    After more than 30 years of faithful service, the original RV Belgica was in dire need of replacement. It was decided to built a new, modern ánd multidisciplinary research vessel.
    This brand new vessel will be operational end 2020 thanks to the cooperation between a number of our coastguard partners: the Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences, the ministry of Defense and the Science Policy Office.

    Follow the whole operation on facebook : facebook HowBigIsBelgica

  • 28.05.19

    May 22nd the second meeting for 2019 of the Coast Guard Consultatation body took place in the official residence of West-Flanders governor Decaluwé. The consultation body brings together representatives of all coast guard partners. These representatives can be engineers, scientists, legal or nautical experts or operational personnel. The consultation body meets four times a year and is chaired by the governor of West-Flanders province. Items on the agenda were, among others, the extensive update of the Belgian Navigation Code, feedback on several international meetings dealing with various coast guard functions and a state of affiars on the MAiDEN project, which supports the further development of the Belgian coast guard centre.

  • 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: 

  • 13.11.18

    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.