Welcome to the website of Shipping Assistance Division
Thank you for visiting the website of the Shipping Assistance Division.
On our website you will find more information about the different services we offer to shipping traffic. Our main task is to ensure safe and efficient shipping to and from the ports in Flanders and Zeeland. We do this by monitoring and directing shipping traffic visually, auditively and electronically from the moment they cross the French-Belgian border. This monitoring system is called VTS, Vessel Traffic Services.
VTS should not be compared to pilotage services, since ‘the pilot controls the vessel and VTS controls the space’. The Maritime Rescue and Coordination Centre (MRCC) in Ostend is the central contact and coordination centre when an incident occurs at sea.
Shipping Assistance Division performs following tasks: