Vicky Boerjan, director of Federal services:
“Risks cannot be avoided, but you can make sure that you are prepared. That is why we draw up several contingency plans. For the sea we have the ‘North Sea Contingency Plan’, describing procedures for the warning and deployment of the services involved (MRCC, Fleet, Ministry of Defence, Maritime Police, …). Cooperation and a transparent communication are of the utmost importance when tackling a disaster.”
The governor of West-Flanders chairs the Coast Guard’s consultation body. He is responsible for drawing up the province’s emergency response and intervention plans and for organising emergency response exercises.
Moreover, the governor is responsible for coordinating the “North Sea Contingency Plan”. This means that he coordinates the emergency response, the communication and the relief when disaster strikes on the North Sea.