On 11, 17 and 18 February 3 table top exercises were organized to test the procedure for saving drowning persons under the coordination of the governor of West-Flanders Province. A table top exercise is an exercise in which an emergency situation is 'imitated'. The participants have to put on paper how they would react in real life. This means that no actual emergency services or means are deployed.
Wednesday 26 February 2014 the Coordination Point Sustainable Coastal Managment organizes the Coastal Forum. On the agenda: the increase in ageing population, the sustainability and innovativeness of coastal enterprises.
The Notices to Mariners nr 1 and the tidals charts for 2014 are available. You can order these publications of the Flemish Hydrography (Vlaamse Hydrografie) by post or you can make an appointment with Coastal Division to come and collect your copy at the reception desk in Ostend.
At the beginning of December 2013, the Dutch Hit and Run Cargo Team Rotterdam and the public prosecutor’s office organised an action against a drug smuggling operation by ship in the North Sea. The help of the Dutch Coast Guard was needed: the Royal Navy, a police helicopter and a police team specialised in arrests at sea, were mobilised.
From Thursday 05/12 afternoon until Friday 06/12 noon, a severe storm with northwesterly winds locally reaching 11 to 12 Bft will strike the whole North Sea and push seawater towards the Belgian coastline.