Zeebrugge, located on the Northern coast of Flanders near Knokke-Heist, is the Belgian coast's only deep-water port. A 12 km canal connects Zeebrugge to its parent city, Brugge. Fishing is a major component of Zeebrugge's economy.
Zeebrugge's claim to fame comes from a British military action in 1918 in which ships were intentionally sunk to block the canal and prevent entry or egress by the German U-Boats which were using it as a base at the time. The blockage remained in place for decades before it was finally cleared in 1957.