The storms along the Belgian coast from the last weeks created a huge sandbank blocking the harbour entrance to Blankenberge. The sandbank is located near the western palisade in front of the harbour entrance. At low tide part of the sandbank reaches out above the water surface. This might prove dangerous toshipping traffic going in and out. At high tide it is still possible, with particular caution, to sail in or out of the harbour. At low tide vessels going in or out are at risk of beaching.
Our coast guard partner agency for Maritime and Coastal Services (MDK) is doing its utmost to ensure that the sandbank will be removed. They hope to be able to start the works this week. Removing the entire sandbank is estimated to take up two to three weeks.