The coast guard keeps an eye on the sea

Coast guard


  • 20.07.11
    Sand Extraction

    The Continental Shelf Service of the FPS for the Economy holds its triennial seminar on the 17th of October 2011. The Continental Shelf Service is responsible for ensuring a sustainable exploitation of mineral resources of the Belgian Continental Shelf.

  • 28.06.11

    Database containing all local place names along the Belgian coast.
    Lifeguards get faster to 'Het Keun'(the rabbit) or 'Blote Betsy'(naked betsy).

    Author: Tom Le Bacq

    BLANKENBERGE/KNOKKE-HEIST/BRUGGE/MIDDELKERKE/KOKSIJDE/DE PANNE/BREDENE/DE HAAN/OOSTENDE - The province has developed a new database  with the different names of approximately a thousand places along our coast. 'If people call us to say that someone is in distress at'Het Keun' in Knokke, we can find out much quicker where we are expected to go', says operator Philippe D'Haene.

    'Child missing in the neighbourhood of Blote Betsy' or 'swimmer in distress off De Pisser': when people contact the rescue services they often use these local place names. To prevent that the rescue services lose time with deciphering these mysterious messages, the province has developed a new database. The database contains 931 places along the Belgian coast, and all possible names that are used to indicate them.

  • 01.06.11
    Flemish Ports Day 2011

    On the second Flemish Ports Day on Saturday 25 June 2011 the ports of Ostend, Zeebrugge, Ghent and Antwerp open their doors. A unique opportunity to discover the hustle and bustle in the Flemish ports.

  • 18.11.10

    For the second time this year, the Coast Guard operation Opera took place from 18 till 29 October in the cold waters of the Belgian Exclusive Economic Zone in the North Sea. This operation was organized in the framework of a cooperation agreement among various Coast Guard partners.

  • 26.10.10

    Lookout Nieuwpoort ceases to exist from November 1st 2010.

  • 30.08.10
    Explosives chart

    Found an explosive?
    You'd much rather not encounter an explosive in your nets or on board but when it does happen, this chart of explosives may come in handy.

  • 14.07.10
    Life Guards

    During the summer months they can be instantly recognised by their red uniform: the lifeguards. After an intensive training and a rigorous selection, they ensure the safety of visitors to the beach in the monitored zones of coastal towns during the tourist summer season.

  • 26.05.10
    Ostend at Anchor 2010

    From 27 May until 30 May the eleventh edition of 'Ostend at Anchor' (Oostende voor Anker) will take place. This year it's all about the Ostend privateers.
    No less than 200 ships take part and you can board certain vessels to take a sailing trip. The quays also provide plenty of entertainment: exhibitions, free concerts and a maritime - inspired market.

  • 23.03.10
    Guide on the water

    Have you just bought a sailing boat? Do you want to know which documents are obligatory to have on board? Are you trying to figure out what is allowed and what is not at sea and on inland waters?
    Look no further, we are here to help you out with a new brochure: "Guide on the water".

  • 25.01.10
    New fairway Ostend Port

    Ostend port is restructuring its entrance. By building two new breakwaters, deeper in sea and by dredging a new fairway, a broader and straighter port entrance will be created, allowing larger vessels to enter the port. This will also bring about an increase in capacity. In the past, vessels had to navigate an elongated S-shaped approach route to enter Ostend port. Only vessels up to 160 metres were able to do so, bigger vessels did not have sufficient manoeuvring space.

    Works have progressed sufficiently to allow a new leading light to be taken into service shortly.
    On February 8th 2010, at ten o’clock, leading light (128°) will be extinguished and the approach route will no longer be navigable in this direction. At the same time, the new leading light (143°) will be taken into service, together with the new approach route, which will be marked by three pairs of lateral buoys.