March 6th, 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster, in which 193 people died when a ferry capsized off the coast of Zeebrugge on its way to Dover in the UK. The disaster claimed 193 lives.
A special remembrance ceremony was held at Zeebrugge, including three ships sailing out to the site of the accident to pay tribute to the victims.
Several of our coast guard partners offered their assistance to organize this remembrance. Most of them also attended an academic session on safety at sea that took place after the ceremony in the naval base at Zeebrugge. The coast guard secretaries were also present.