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  • 03.05.16

    Our coast guard partner Fleet is hiring a HR manager and a nautical expert (Antwerp area). Applications must be received by May 16th.

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  • 02.05.16

    Interested in a maritime career? Come to the Antwerp Maritime Academy on Wednesday 4 May from 2pm till 6pm and learn everything about training courses, internships and conditions to register.

  • 29.04.16
    Marine 70 jaar

    The Belgian Navy celebrates its 70th anniversary. Our coast guard partner Defence offers you the opportunity to commemorate this occasion by visiting a free exposition about the fascinating history of the navy.

    From April 28th to June 12th - Auditorium " de Grote Post" in Ostend.

  • 28.04.16
    Operation Opera 2016

    From April 20th until April 22th 2016 a number of coast guard partners joined forces for operation Opera. Teams of the maritime and river police, customs, sea fisheries service and FPS Public Health boarded the patrol vessel Pollux of the Belgian navy. Together, they carried out inspections off the Belgian coast, aided by the surveillance airplane of the Management Unit of the North Sea Mathematical Models (MUMM) and the Maritime Security Centre Belgium (MIK) in Zeebrugge.

    Three days of intensive cooperation resulted in approximately 300 administrative inspections and 9 physical inspections on board of different vessels, so called 'boardings'. In case of infractions or violations, an official warning was issued and /or a report filed. If you know that such boardings can easily take up to two hours and involve quite some paperwork, it is clear that our coast guard partners did a very good job. 

  • 27.04.16

    From 7 to 10 November 2016, our coast guard partner OD Nature of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and the Belgian Biodiversity Platform, organise the North Sea Open Science Conference 2016 in Ostend, Belgium. The call for Abstracts for this conference is now open and runs until May 1st 2016. Early bird registration runs until June 30th 2016.

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  • 13.04.16
    Weather forecast for the coast

    The Belgian coast has a so-called microclimate.  This means that the weather on the coast differs from the weather in the rest of the country. The sun shines more often and globally speaking, it rains less. On the other hand, in the summer temperatures are less high and there is more wind. The agency for Maritime Services and Coast (MDK) makes a special weather forecast for the coast. 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. Curious about the weater at sea? Surf to or check the coastal weather forecast on your smartphone.

  • 11.04.16
    FPS Public Health

    Our coast guard partner FPS Public Health announces the launch of their revamped website. Do surf to the page about marine environment, where you will find interesting brochures and advice about how to best preserve the North Sea.

  • 25.03.16

    The consortium around Nobelwind announces the start of the construction on their new wind farm in Belgian territorial waters. The park, at approximately 45 kilometres off the coast of Zeebrugge, should be operational by 2017. Nobelwind has already installed its offshore grid which is operational and connected to the substation of the grid operator. The start of the works is running according to planning. March 23rd, the first foundation components arrived in the harbour of Oostende. 

    Oostende will be used as marshalling harbour. All foundation components will be assembled here. The first installation offshore is expected to start early May. 

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  • 24.03.16

    The structure coast guard expresses its condolences and solidarity with the victims of the attacks in Brussels and their families and loved ones. 

  • 21.03.16
    Table top exercise 2016

    Today, March 21st 2016, the last of three table top exercises took place to test the procedure for saving drowning persons before the start of the busy summer season. This procedure describes in detail which steps the different emergency services and coast guard partners take and how they work together. The participants, amongst whom a great number of coast guard partners, fill out on paper how they would operate on site. The exercises are held under the supervision of West-Flanders governor Carl Decaluwé and this year following coastal municipalities took part: De Haan, Koksijde and Knokke-Heist.