Reports from Westkapelle have come through about oil that is washing up along beaches in Zeeland on the Dutch coastline are thanks to sunken Dutch freighter Flinterstar, The freighter collided with another tanker, Al Oraiq,and is stuck just off the coast of Belgium on a sand bank. Even though authorities attempted to build a sandbank around the Zwin Nature Reserve, dozens of meter of beachfront between Westkapelle and Vlissingen have been covered with the spilled oil.
A crash between two ships in the early morning hours of Tuesday may lead to the contamination of the Dutch coast as oil slicks from one of the ships head towards the Zeeland shore. Dutch ship Flinterstar took on water and partially sunk onto a sandbar after the accident, sending 11 people overboard, all of whom were safely rescued.Belgian and Dutch emergency crews are working hard to clean the fuel leaking from the Flinterstar, broadcaster NOS reported. Three-kilometer long oil slicks could reach Zeeland as early as 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
With reporting by Zack Newmark.
At least four people were injured Wednesday morning when two different explosions occurred in a biomass power plant in Borssele, Zeeland, the regional safety office reported. The office says all four were hospitalized, however broadcaster Omroep Zeeland says two people received serious injuries and were rushed to an area hospital and the others were treated at the scene.
Home sales increased across all types of properties and in all provinces in the Netherlands in July. A total of 18,442 homes were registered as sold in July this year, an increase of 32.7 percent compared to July 2014 and an increase of 21.6 percent compared to June 2015.
Two employees of online fish shop Viswinkel Online found an oyster containing ten pearls during the Mussel Day in Yerseke on Saturday.
The swimming ban in the North Sea between Wassenaar and Scheveningen has resulted in traffic jams towards the Zeeland coast. The swimming ban was implemented due to the presence of sea sparkle. According to the RIjkswaterstaat, there is no sea sparkle along the Zeeland coast, and many sunbathers are now heading there
A combination of a whirlwind and heavy rain on Thursday morning has flooded the Flood Museum in Ouwerkerk, Zeeland.
Fewer people are speaking the Zeelandic language in the communities surrounding the southwestern parts of The Netherlands. In the past, one out of five children spoke the language, today that ratio has dropped to one of seven.
The weather warning initially issued for Saturday was upgraded to a code red alert for hard winds holding at up to 110 km/h on the western coast of the Netherlands. The extra caution covers Zeeland and Zuid-Holland beginning at 11 a.m., and Noord-Holland from noon, according to the government meteorological agency KNMI.
Zeeland mussels will be available everywhere from next week. This was announced after the successful testing of some samples in Oosterschelde and the Wadden Sea, NU reports.
A second victim of the Zeeland flood disaster, which happened 62 years ago, has been identified based on a DNA match. The victim is 38 year old Maartje Verhelst from Nieuwerkerk. The announcement was made at a meeting for survivors in Ouwerkerk on Thursday night, Omroep Zeeland reports.
Meteorologists increased the severity of a weather warning issued for Friday afternoon, saying more severe thunderstorms are expected to hit the south of the country. A code orange warning was issued for Zeeland, Zuid-Holland and Noord-Brabant by the national weather service KNMI.
The government is allocating over 70 million euros into improving vocational higher education. The cabinet gave a go-ahead to 29 projects aimed at innovating vocational training in the Netherlands.
Members of volunteer archaeological organization AWN found bones of a brown bear in a dune valley near Schouwen. Both AWN and the Forestry Commission of northern Zeeland called the discovery "spectacular."
Skoda drivers are the best drivers in the Netherlands, as they cause 28 percent fewer accidents and damage compared to the national average, according to research conducted by Generali Nederland. The best drivers in the country live in Drenthe, who caused 24 percent less damage last year than drivers from other provinces, the study also shows.
Dutch police discovered 6,006 illegal pot plantations in 2014, RTL Nieuws reports. Altogether, 950 plantations were detected in Oost-Nederland region alone, which is the highest number concentrated in any one part of the country, according to the police statistics.
Two officers were hurt and four others assaulted when they tried to get a wild bachelor party under control, police said. A group of 75 Germans were detained, with police formally arresting 14 for public violence in the seaside hamlet Renesse, Zeeland.
The police raided 55 grow shops this past month after the legislation change that criminalizes the preparatory acts for cannabis cultivation, AD reports. The police will continue to tackle those who trade in materials used for cannabis cultivation in the coming months.
The Tweede Kamer - lower house of parliament - does not see any insurmountable problems with Minister Henk Kamp's (Economic Affairs) plans to build three large wind farms on the North Sea. The Kamer has given the go-ahead for the construction, NOS reports.
Most of the votes from the 2015 Provincial Elections have been counted. The following results, projected per province, are based on information from Dutch public broadcaster NOS and newswire ANP.
The PvdA's latest (joking) idea to increase the population in Zeeland is to prick holes in condoms.
The nominees for the 2015 Museum Prize has been announced. The winner of the most prestigious public prize in the Dutch museum world will receive an amount of 100 thousand euros.
Dutch police conducted a mass action of 200 officers in an old drug related assassination investigation on February 27th and after five arrests the final sixth suspect is in police custody, says Zeeland Police.