Van AalstPort of StocktonPort of South LouisianaCleveland Cascades LtdSailors SocietyBühler GmbH
  • Cimbria
  • Vigan
  • Telestack
  • TOC Events
  • Bühler GmbH
  • Port of South Louisiana

Damen presentation to Dutch minister

(Posted on 31/01/19)

On 28th January 2019, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, visited Rotterdam to meet Damen Shipyards Group and other Dutch maritime industry leaders.

Minister Van Nieuwenhuizen heard presentations from Damen, Van Oord and other key representatives of the country’s thriving maritime industry.

The presentations took place on a Damen vessel, FCS 2610, which transported the minister, officials and maritime industry representatives from the head office of Hatenboer-Water in Schiedam, along the Nieuwe Maas, to the head office of Van Oord in Rotterdam.

Damen Shipyards Group operates 35 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 12,000 people worldwide. The company has delivered more than 6,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 160 vessels annually to customers worldwide.

René Berkvens, CEO of the Damen Group, said, “We were happy to welcome Minister Van Nieuwenhuizen to Rotterdam today, and we appreciate her continued interest in, and strong support of, our maritime sector. Face-to-face meetings like this help to inform the government policies, programmes, regulations and infrastructure changes needed to foster new technologies and business growth.”

Three industry leaders gave the minister presentations on innovations and developments in: maritime technology (speaker Bas Buchner, President, Maritime Research Institute Netherlands); water technology (speaker Willem Buijs, CEO of Hatenboer-Water); and delta technology (speaker Hendrik Postma, Chairman of the Association of Marine Contractors).

Other participants contributed to the themes of ‘clean’, ‘smart’ and ‘safe’. These were respectively: speaker Peter Paul van Voorst, Founder of Skoon Energy; speaker Toine Cleophas, Manager Research at Damen Shipyards Group; and four students from Delft University of Technology, who demonstrated new emergency flotation and stability devices.

Particular topics included ‘better ships, cleaner oceans’, private-public partnerships, autonomous shipping, electric shipping, digitalisation, and ship management mobile apps.  

The maritime sector is part of the top sector ‘Water and Maritime’ – one of the Government’s nine priority, high growth, export-oriented sectors of the economy. The Netherlands has long been a world leader in maritime engineering and water management, which encompass activities such as shipbuilding, hydraulic engineering, waterway engineering, land reclamation, dredging, flood protection, water treatment, and energy generation.

Latest News

Klaveness Digital etablishes Board of Directors

(Posted on 01/12/22)

Norwegian technology company Klaveness Digital has announced the formation of its first Board of Directors... Read more


WinGD cybersecurity type approval from DNV prepares owners for regulations

(Posted on 01/12/22)

Swiss marine power company WinGD has become the first marine engine designer to gain cybersecurity type... Read more


InterManager welcomes IMO commitment on enclosed space risks

(Posted on 29/11/22)

InterManager has welcomed a commitment by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to review guidance... Read more


North P&I faces up to turbulence with premiums rise

(Posted on 29/11/22)

North P&I Club signals intention to apply a 10% General Increase in 2023/24 premium rates amid swirling... Read more


Pioneer voyage data-sharing to enable carbon emissions reductions

(Posted on 19/11/22)

China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES), BHP and DNV have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)... Read more


Safe Bulkers orders additional retrofits of Alfa Laval PureSOx

(Posted on 19/11/22)

In recent years, Greek shipowner Safe Bulkers has retrofitted Alfa Laval PureSOx exhaust gas cleaning... Read more


Fears of Nordics perfect storm unfounded says Swedish Club

(Posted on 13/11/22)

Times are difficult but no need for despair, was the message from Tore Forsmo, Area Manager, Team Norway... Read more


CSM and Marcap to focus on vessel performance optimisation

(Posted on 13/11/22)

Columbia Shipmanagement (CSM) and Marine Capabilities (MARCAP LLC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding... Read more


Decarbonisation action plan launched at COP27 to upskill seafarers

(Posted on 09/11/22)

A new Action Plan, launched at COP 27 by UN organizations, shipowners and unions, sets out recommendations... Read more


Algoma to exceed expectations in strong market

(Posted on 09/11/22)

Algoma Central Corporation has reported its results for the three and nine months ended September 30... Read more


TBA GroupThe Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology TelestackCimbriaTOC EventsVigan
  • TBA Group
  • Cleveland Cascades Ltd
  • The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology

Subscribe to our newsletter

Keep up to date with the latest global news in bulk cargo handling and shipping