New shipping routes for the Belgian and the Dutch (southern) part of the North Sea came into effect June 1st 2017.
The North Sea is one of the busiest and most intensively used seas in the world. For certain areas, no fixed routes existed along the Dutch and Belgian coast.Therefore the Netherlands and Belgium jointly adapted their shipping routes.
The new routes will help ships to navigate efficiently, will improve safety at sea and will reduce the risk of
environmental pollution. The shipping routes will be advertised internationally and will be incorporated in the official nautical charts.