The Netherlands Coastguard
The restructured Netherlands Coastguard is responsible for carrying out coastguard duties on behalf of 7 Dutch ministries: Transport, Public Works and Water Management; Defence; Justice; Finance; Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality; Interior and Kingdom Relations and Economic Affairs.
The Director of the Coastguard has responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Coastguard. Operational command over the Coastguard is assigned to the Royal Netherlands Navy. Policy responsibility lies with the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management.
The various activities of the airborne and naval units are coordinated by the Coastguard Centre in Den Helder. Assets, such as salvage, buoying, surveillance and oil containment vessels, patrol aircraft and helicopters are made available by the participating services.
The Coastguard Centre is manned 24/7 and serves as a central reporting, information and coordination centre. It is also the National Maritime and Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC).
The area of operations for the Rescue Coordination Centre includes the Dutch territorial waters and the Exclusive Economic Zone. The Coastguard is responsible for search-and-rescue operations in:
- the Wadden Sea;
- the IJsselmeer, including the lakes surrounding the Flevopolder;
- the estuaries of the provinces of Zeeland and South Holland.
The area of operation for aeronautical search and rescue missions is the Amsterdam Flight Information Region (FIR).