Westerschelde

Westerschelde as seen from Bath with a Doel nuclear plant in the distance
Jan 11 '17 16:10

For the first time ever a list of endangered habitats in Europe was released, compiled by some 300 experts from over 30 countries working for three years on behalf of the European Commission. Across the EU there are 28 habitats that are considered "endangered" or "critically endangered". Fourteen of these habitats can be found in the Netherlands, Trouw reports.

In the Netherlands, endangered habitats include tidal rivers such as the Westerschelde and Eems, reed marshes in Noord-Holland and Zeeland, bogs like in Peel in Brabant among others, and sand banks such as the Veluwe. 

Dec 1 '15 10:30

Water board members in Noordwijk were surprised to find large packets of cocaine washed ashore while inspecting a beach in the Zuid-Holland resort town. Police responding to the scene collected a total of 225 kilograms of cocaine bundled into ten separate packets.

Oct 6 '15 07:45

Eleven people were rescued at sea after a Dutch freighter collided with a Marshall Islands tanker ship early Tuesday morning. Only one person was injured in the accident, and was being treated at a hospital for hypothermia.

Apr 20 '15 10:31

The mortal remains of Rick Broekmeulen was found at the Inlaag on Sunday morning. Broekmeulen had been missing since his ship capsized on the Westerschelde early in February.

Feb 24 '15 19:06

Over 1387 kilograms of cocaine with a street value of 69.4 million euros were seized in and around the ports of Vlissingen in 2014, police confirms.

Feb 10 '15 08:28

The search for the on the Westerschelde for the missing barge captain has been called off, NOS reports. Yesterday sonar and dredge material was used in the search for the 35 year old man from Moerdijk, but again without success.

Feb 8 '15 15:02

Two ships with sophisticated equipment are being used in the search for a man missing since his ship capsized in the Westerschelde. Three people were aboard the ship when it flipped over late on Thursday night into Friday morning.

Feb 6 '15 15:44

A second person was rescued from a barge that capsized on Thursday just before midnight in the Westerschelde. Three people were onboard when the ship flipped over, one of whom was rescued quickly.

Feb 6 '15 08:13

A barge with three people on board capsized on the Westerschelde around midnight last night, NOS reports. This happened while a dredger was busy loading sand over onto the barge. The cause of the capsizing is still unknown.

Jan 26 '15 22:46

A 27-year old man from Amsterdam was arrested Wednesday night for possession of 794 kilograms of cocaine in Den Helder. The estimated street value of the batch is 28 million euros.

Jan 19 '15 13:10

The 22 year old S. K. was arrested on January 4th on suspicion of involvement in the importation of 1,200 kilograms of cocaine on the Westerschelde in December. K. is a crew member of a cargo ship

Dec 15 '14 08:04

The Netherlands will also be affected by the national strike happening in Belgium today. Traveling to and from the striking country is likely to be quite a challenge.

Dec 9 '14 19:32

Investigators looking into reports of a strange light in the water off the Zeeland coast wound up discovering 1,300 kilograms of cocaine. Packages of the drug were attached to a homemade buoy floating in Westerschelde, the estuary of the Scheldt River, the police announced on Twitter.

Sep 23 '14 15:27

The National Institute for Health and the Environment (RIVM) and the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) warns that shellfish that are collected in the eastern art of the Westerschelde may be infected with the polio virus.

Aug 11 '14 10:19

In Vlissingen, the municipality has had to enforce a temporary swimming ban, as oil has been leaking out of an old ship wreck since Saturday afternoon, washing up on the beaches in the Westerschelde.

Jul 10 '13 03:48

A sailing out pilot has found 200 kilos of cocaine in the Westerschelde (Zeeland). The drugs were packed into ten sports bags which were attached with ropes to empty jerrycans, to keep them afloat. This was reported by the National Office of the Public Prosecution (OM) on Tuesday.

The discovery was done on ​​Saturday morning. The drug packages floated in the Westerschelde near Vlissingen. According to the OM, the cocaine has a market value of about 7 million euro.