North Sea

Volunteers from Stichting Duik de Noordzee Schoon dove 2,500 kilos of waste from the North Sea, Sept 2019
Sep 16 '19 09:36

Volunteers from foundation Duik de Noordzee Schoon dove 2,500 kilograms of waste out of the North Sea. The team spent nine days searching the seabed for items that are harmful to the ecosystem, focussing on ship wrecks between Ameland and Schiermonnikoog, the foundation said in a statement.

According to the foundations, ship wrecks are a source of marine life, but also hold on to a lot of waste. Fish get entangled in old fishing nets that got caught up on the wrecks, and plastic ends up in the food chain.

Zr. Ms. Zierikzee
Aug 28 '19 15:10

Dutch Navy ship Zr. Ms. Zierikzee cleared away five naval mines from the North Sea this week. The explosives were found during preparatory work for new offshore wind farm Borssele Windfarm, which will be located 25 miles from Vlissingen, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement.

Construction on the wind farm will start early in October. Survey ships found the explosives while preparing the site for construction to begin.

Dutch water rescue organization KNRM
Aug 19 '19 07:23

A body was found in the North Sea some 30 miles away from the coast on Sunday night. The body washed up at a drilling platform. Rescue company KNRM was deployed to collect the remains, RTL Nieuws reports.

The police were informed about the discovery, and a police detective accompanied the KNRM crew to the platform.

So far nothing is known about the victim's identity or cause of death. According to NH Nieuws, the victim is not an employee of the drilling platform. 

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Aug 9 '19 14:20

The rescue brigade had to rescue an adult and two children in the North Sea at Egmond aan Zee when they were caught in a rip current on Thursday, RTL Nieuws reports.

The family of four was swimming together when the current suddenly became to strong for them. One adult managed to get out of the water under their own power. The Rescue Brigade helped the other adult and two children. The second adult was taken to hospital in unknown condition, according to the broadcaster.

Anja Schaap
Jun 19 '19 20:45

A boating crew sailing in the North Sea found the body of Anja Schaap, a 33-year-old woman from Katwijk aan Zee missing for the last three weeks. Schaap left a bar in her Zuid-Holland hometown in good spirits during the early morning hours of May 29 after having a few drinks with a family member there.

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Jun 3 '19 15:57

Dutch rescue organization KNRM rescued a man on a self-made raft from the North Sea, off the coast of IJmuiden, on Sunday. .The organization believes the 26-year-old man from Eritrea was trying to sail from IJmuiden to England. He was transferred to the Koninklijke Marechaussee, a policing force that works as part of the Dutch military and is responsible for border security, NH Nieuws reports.

MSC Zoe
Jan 7 '19 14:00

Dutch public works department Rijkswaterstaat and shipping company MSC have located around 220 of an estimated 281 containers that fell off ship MSC Zoe in the North Sea last week. Most of the containers, located with the help of sonar boats, are at the bottom of the North Sea, near the Wadden Islands, a spokesperson for Rijkswaterstaat said to NU.nl.

Humpback whale
Dec 26 '18 12:40

A humpback whale was spotted around 2 kilometers off the coast of Scheveningen on Tuesday. This whale has been seen off the Dutch coast multiple times over the past two months, NU.nl reports.

The whale, affectionately called Jojo, often breaks the surface and regularly sprays water into the air. 

The humpback was first spotted off the coast of Texel on October 14th. In the following weeks, the animal was seen multiple times, including near Scheveningen and Egmond aan Zee. 

Dutch coast guard helicopter
Dec 21 '18 13:30

The Dutch coast guard is keeping an eye out for a sailing yacht that asked for help on the North Sea on Thursday night. After searching for the ship for hours and finding nothing on Thursday, the coast guard is no longer actively searching for the yacht, though they will keep a close eye out during the daily flight along the coast, NOS reports.

Octopus
Oct 16 '18 11:00

Hobby diver Mark Barto recorded remarkable footage of a small octopus while diving in the North Sea off the coast of Callantsoog on Saturday. His footage turned out to be even more remarkable than he thought - this is the first time ever a live common octopus was recorded in Dutch waters, NOS reports.

Beach cleanup
Aug 2 '18 11:10

Over 2,700 volunteers are participating in the sixth edition of the Boskalis Beach Cleanup Tour, the annual cleaning action organized by the North Sea Foundation. Over the next two weeks, they will clean up the entire stretch of North Sea beaches in the Netherlands, the Telegraaf reports.

The cleanup started on Wednesday with two teams of volunteers - one team starting at Cadzand in the south and the other at Schiermonnikoog. Each day the cleaning teams will get closer to each other, until they finish together in Zandvoort.

Sperm whale spotted in the North Sea off the coast of Den Helder, 25 June 2018
Jun 27 '18 10:50

The sperm whale spotted off the coast of Den Helder on Monday morning, died a natural death in the same area on Tuesday evening, SOS Dolfijn said on Twitter.

Sperm whale spotted in the North Sea off the coast of Den Helder, 25 June 2018
Jun 26 '18 09:17

A sperm whale was spotted in the North Sea, just off the coast of Den Helder on Monday morning. By Monday evening the whale was still in the same area. According to SOS Dolfijn, the animal is likely disoriented or sick and weakened, the rescue organization said on its website.

The whale was first spotted by crew members of a ship off the coast near Julianadorp around 7:30 a.m. The Coast Guard took a photo and sent it to SOS Dolfijn, who identified it as a sperm whale. 

Dutch coast guard helicopter
May 29 '18 15:30

A 21-year-old fisherman was rescued fro te North Sea over an hour after he went overboard during the early hours of Tuesday morning. He was severely hypothermic, but still alive, RTL Nieuws reports.

The fishing boat the man works on sounded the alarm around 2:00 a.m., when it was noticed that he was no longer on board. The coast guard deployed two helicopters, and rescue brigade KNRM deployed boats from Terschelling and Den Helder to help in the search. Other boats in the area were also notified about the missing fisherman.

Mar 12 '18 09:33

Entrepreneurs and residents living around Schiphol composed a proposal to expand the airport into the ocean. The North Sea still has plenty of space and noise will not cause any inconvenience there, according to the proposal. Such a 'sea runway' will bring relief to the entire Haarlemmermeer, the Telegraaf reports.

According to the proposal, an 'IJ-plain' should be constructed in the North Sea near IJmuiden for a new runway for Schiphol. It can eventually also be used to move other noisy runways, such as Buitenveldert and Aalsmeer, away from the airport.

Netherlands wind energy
Feb 23 '18 16:55

High-voltage grid operator Tennet wants to invest €28 billion over the next ten years in order to make it possible to take on more electricity from renewable sources. Tennet is owned one hundred percent by the Dutch State, and since 2010 it also manages a part of the German high-voltage grid. 

Greenpeace activists climb onto a drilling platform on the North Sea to protest against gas drilling near Schiermonnikoog, 15 & 16 Feb 2018
Feb 16 '18 17:00

The police arrested three seasick Greenpeace activists on Friday. The activists formed part of a group that climbed onto the drilling platform near Schiermonnikoog to protest against gas drilling. They returned to shore because they felt seasick, and was arrested at Lauwersoog in Groningen. 

Maeslantkering storm gate in the Netherlands
Jan 3 '18 17:12

All five major storm surge gates in the Netherlands were closed in the wake of a storm that brought wind gusts as strong as 141 kilometers per hour. It is the first time all five flood defenses were simultaneously closed, the country's infrastructure agency, Rijkswaterstaat, announced on Wednesday.

gas pipeline
Sep 29 '17 12:50

A consortium of companies discovered a "commercially interesting" gas field in the North Sea, about 20 kilometers north of Schiermonnikoog. According to the companies, the discovery exceeded expectations, ANP reports.

MT_Haven_Wreck
May 12 '17 09:31

The Dutch government should do more to protect historic shipwrecks in the Wadden Sea and North Sea from looters, tides and mussel bank constructions, the five coastal provinces wrote in a letter to Minister Jet Bussemaker of Education, Culture and Science. If there is no intervention, hundreds of those historic shipwrecks and their sometimes precious cargo may be lost, they write, NOS reports.

The provinces want an investigation to be done to map the status of the shipwrecks. Based on the results, the necessary measures can be taken.

Mar 8 '17 16:20

Dutch electricity grid operator TenneT plans to invest 25 billion euros into green energy infrastructure on land and sea over the next decade, the company announced with its annual results on Wednesday. One of the company's plans is building one or more artificial islands on the North Sea to be the connection between the mainland and thousands of wind turbines far offshore, ANP reports.

Humpback whale spotted in the port of Den Helder, 27 Feb 2017
Feb 27 '17 16:25

A humpback whale was spotted swimming in the naval port of Den Helder on Monday, SOS Dolfijn said on Twitter. "The animal shows normal behavior, so leave it alone for now is the current advice", the sanctuary for whales in the North Sea said.

SOS Dolfijn expects that the whale will leave the harbor by itself.

Jan 31 '17 11:15

Shell sold 3.8 billion dollars in assets off the British Coast on the North Sea to oil company Chrysaor, the Dutch oil and gas giant announced on Tuesday. This sale forms part of a Shell divestment program, in which the Dutch company wants to get rid of some 40 billion dollars worth of assets, the Telegraaf reports.

Aug 15 '16 10:00

About 2,300 volunteers picked up over 19 thousand kilograms of trash in an annual two-week-long clean up action along the North Sea coast, the North Sea Foundation announced on Sunday

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