The Coastguard monitors and maintains safety in the North Sea. We do this together with our partners. We monitor compliance with the rules at sea. These rules are necessary to keep the North Sea safe. For example to stop prohibited goods, to protect nature and the fish, and to prevent accidents. We conduct surveillance, track down criminal activity and deal with offences and crime.

Het kustwachtvliegtuig van het type Dash 8.

Monitoring at sea

We collect information and monitor traffic at sea. This allows us to respond quickly if someone does not abide by the law and rules. We carry out flights over the North Sea every day and we conduct checks of vessels.


We receive enforcement orders from the Ministries of:

  • Infrastructure and Water Management
  • Economic Affairs and Climate Policy
  • Agriculture, Nature Management & Food Quality
  • Finances
  • Justice and Se
  • Infrastructuur en Waterstaat
  • Economische Zaken en Klimaat
  • Landbouw, Natuur en Voedselkwaliteit
  • FinanciĆ«n
  • Justitie en Veiligheid
  • Defensie

Area of responsibility

We monitor and enforce the law in the Dutch part of the North Sea. This is also referred to as Dutch exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

The Coastguard coordinates enforcement actions in the Dutch section of the North Sea (EEZ).

We enforce the law with regard to






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