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Monday, March 19, 2018

Netherlands News

Seatrade Convicted for Scrapping Ships on Indian Beach

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The Dutch shipping company Seatrade and two of its directors were found guilty by a Dutch court on Thursday of illegally sailing ships to India to have them demolished, the first criminal case of its kind in the Netherlands. The company and the directors were fined up to 750,000 euros ($925,275). The directors were also banned from executive roles at any shipping company for a year. They did escape the prison sentences prosecutors had asked for. The court said Seatrade had violated European Union rules by sending four ships to India for demolition in 2012.

Samskip to Sail Between Hull and Amsterdam

Photos: Samskip Holding B.V.

Samskip has announced a major enhancement in its shortsea and multimodal services between the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, with the addition of direct connections between Amsterdam and Hull three times a week. The value proposition to customers will also include barge and rail systems connecting the European hinterland to Amsterdam. With effect from mid-March, and departing from Amsterdam on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, the new calls and the port's European hinterland

Schelde Awarded Contract for Patrol Vessels

The Netherlands' Defence Materiel Organization (DMO) and Schelde Naval Shipbuilding signed a contract for the supply of four Patrol Vessels. The contract has a value of 240 million euros. The four Patrol Vessels will be built for the Royal Netherlands Navy, and are to be delivered in a time-frame between November 2010 and November 2012. The Patrol Vessels fulfil the operational requirements of the Royal Netherlands Navy for a robust platform with a limited weapon outfit, specifically

Radio Holland Commissions First Fleet Broadband

In December 2007 Radio Holland installed and commissioned the first Fleet Broadband terminal on MOV Van Kinsbergen. Radio Holland Netherlands was contacted by Stratos to arrange the installation of a Thrane & Thrane SAILOR-500 Fleet Broadband terminal on board this vessel of the Royal Netherlands Navy. The installation is part of a field test into the new maritime broadband service. The Royal Netherlands Navy was selected by the Inmarsat distribution partner Stratos as one of the first customers in a worldwide test of the new maritime broadband service.

Imtech’s $37.6M in Contracts for Naval Ships

Imtech has received new orders for new and existing ships from the Royal Netherlands and Belgian navies worth over $37.6m. Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (Vlissingen, the Netherlands), builder of the new logistic support ship Karel Doorman of the Royal Netherlands Navy, granted Imtech the contract for the design, production, delivery and implementation of various technological solutions on board this Joint Support Ship (JSS). Imtech also obtained orders for a technological upgrade of the Royal Netherlands Navy's supply vessel 'Hr. Ms. Amsterdam' dating from 1995 and a technological upgrade of two M-class frigates owned by the Belgian Navy. The new logistic support ship Karel Doorman, also called a Joint Support Ship (JSS), will replace the supply ship Hr. Ms.

Netherlands Changes Ship Registration Law

Recent changes to Dutch law safeguarding the right of free establishment in Europe mean that ship registration regulations in the Netherlands have been relaxed. The recent change brings Dutch law in line with a 2004 European Court of Justice decision which ruled that Dutch national law, although apparently in accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea which requires a “genuine link between the State and the ship,” contravened European law by being too restrictive. In the past companies could only register their vessels in the Netherlands if: At least two-thirds of the ship was owned by a European Community (EC) or European Economic Area (EEA) national company, and the business of the vessel was conducted by EC or EEA nationals through a Netherlands-based office.

AKD: Chapter 11 Protection is Not Enforceable in The Netherlands

Netherlands law firm AKD says that, while beleaguered shipowners may be looking increasingly to Chapter 11 filings in the United States to protect their financial interests, the fact is that Chapter 11 does not enjoy the force of law throughout the world, and certainly not in The Netherlands. Haco van der Houven van Oordt, head of the shipping & offshore team at AKD’s headquarters in Rotterdam, says, “Nobody – and that includes the banks - wants to see shipping companies forced out of business. On the other hand, one cannot expect the banks to forgo the opportunity to ring-fence their losses in cases where they deem this to be the most propitious course of action.

Hong Kong, Netherlands Sign Tax Pact

The Hong Kong government said on Thursday, it and the Netherlands had signed an agreement to exempt ship owners in the two places from paying double tax. "The agreement is beneficial to ship owners in Hong Kong and the Netherlands as it exempts owners of Hong Kong ships from paying tax levied on cargo loaded in the Netherlands, and vice versa," Secretary for Economic Services Sandra Lee said. Lee said Hong Kong already had similar agreements with the United States, mainland China and Britain and was discussing the issue with about 20 other countries, including Germany, Greece, Australia and Denmark. -(Reuters)

Netherlands Maritime Technology Association Launched

Photo: Netherlands Maritime Technology Association

The Netherlands Maritime Technology association has been officially launched on the international stage during the Holland Day at SMM on September 9. Sjef van Dooremalen, Chairman of Netherlands Maritime Technology, unveiled the new name onboard the LCF Zr. Ms. Evertsen in Hamburg to an audience of 250 guests. A new promo video about the Dutch maritime technological sector was also shown. On a national level, the association, company and foundation for the maritime technological sector have been operating under this new joint name since May 8, 2014.

Oceanwide Appoints New Management

Oceanwide announced a new management structure for Oceanwide Netherlands, Oceanwide Baltics and Oceanwide Offshore Services. The new structure is effective immediately. Oceanwide Netherlands has appointed Jan Hessel Dijkstra as its new Managing Director. Jan Hessel has been with Oceanwide for five years in the position of branch manager and sales manager and has solid experience within the employment sector. He is assisted by Sales Manager Adje Burgers and five dedicated account managers. Oceanwide Netherlands has offices in Vlissingen, Hoogvliet and Harlingen, the Netherlands. Oceanwide Baltics’ new Managing Director is Galina Raspopova. Galina has long background in shipping and has been working for Ventspils Port Authorities and Riga Shipping.

Navy Evacuation Exercise Performed in the Netherlands

Photo courtesy of MINDEF

On Wednesday, May 21 at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) Yard in Vlissingen Oost, the Netherlands, an evacuation test deployment of a Liferaft Systems Australia (LSA) 20m MES and 100-person capacity self-righting liferaft was conducted from the new Royal Netherlands Navy Joint Support Ship, HLNMS Karel Doorman. The deployment exercise involved the evacuation of 100 Royal Netherlands Navy personnel. The simulated evacuation training exercise was timed and the full 100 person complement was evacuated in less than 5 minutes.

Indonesia Mulls Maritime Ties with Netherlands

Indroyono Soesilo (Pic: Indonesian Maritime Affairs Ministry)

Indonesian Maritime Affairs Minister Indroyono Soesilo has met Dutch Ambassador to his country Rob Swartbolon to discuss cooperation on maritime issues, reports The Jakarta Post. Both has agreed to explore cooperation in various maritime issues including in developing an integrated system of information and communication technology, the expansion of tourism in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, and the improvement of manpower capacity. A ministry statement said that research on the Indonesian archipelago's maritime history and civilization will act as a beginning to cooperation.

European Consortium Launches Blue Nodules Project

Project Blue Nodules Deep Sea Mining Concept Courtesy EC

On 1 February a European consortium launched a new Horizon 2020 project: Blue Nodules. This project addresses the challenge of creating a viable and sustainable value chain to retrieve polymetallic nodules from the ocean floor. It will develop and test new highly-automated and sustainable technologies for deep-sea mining with minimal environmental pressures. The technical side of the project is dedicated to subsea harvesting equipment in addition to the in-situ seafloor and sea surface processing of polymetallic nodules.

Alewijnse Noord Gets Order For Three PSVs

Alewijnse Noord BV, a subsidiary of Alewijnse Marine Systems based in Drachten, the Netherlands, has recently secured the largest order in its history. The contract is for the installation of the electrical systems on board three new Pilot Station Vessels (PSVs) for the Dutch Pilotage Services. The vessels will be constructed by Barkmeijer Shipyards at Stroobos in the Netherlands. The PSVs are designed to provide offshore accommodation for the crew of the pilot boats. The vessels will be more than 80 metres in length and will have accommodation for up to 18 pilots and 17 crew.

Trading Dutch Well Placed to Pursue Russia Sanctions

The seafaring Netherlands prides itself on being a trading nation, reluctant to let politics get in the way of a good deal. But since the downing, allegedly by Moscow-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine, of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 with the loss of 193 Dutch lives, a growing Dutch chorus has called for the country to use its trade power to hit Russia in the wallet. Dozens of Russian firms have chosen to incorporate in the Netherlands to save money on tax, taking advantage of an extensive network of double taxation treaties. The country is also one of Russia's largest trade partners. Rotterdam, the world's fourth largest port, is a major distribution hub for fossil fuels and minerals and was the single largest destination for Russian exports in 2013

Afsluitdijk project awarded to Levvel Consortium

Rijkswaterstaat awards Afsluitdijk project to Levvel Photo Van Oord

Rijkswaterstaat (part of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and responsible for the design, construction, management and maintenance of the main infrastructure facilities in the Netherlands) has awarded the Afsluitdijk project to the Levvel consortium. This joint venture is formed by Van Oord Aberdeen Infrastructure Partners B.V. (46%), BAM PPP PGGM Infrastructure Coöperatie U.A. (46%) and RebelValley B.V. (8%). Levvel will be responsible for design, build, finance and 25 years maintenance of the strengthened Afsluitdijk.

Indonesia Woos Jokowi Netherlands for Investment in Maritime

Indonesia President Joko Widodo shakes hands with Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte after their meeting in The Hague. Photo: President’s press bureau

Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has invited the Netherlands to invest in Indonesian infrastructure projects, particularly those that support Jokowi’s maritime sector development program, reports the Jakarta Post. In the maritime sector, the president lauded the Dutch government for its interest to help Indonesia achieve its maritime axis vision. The vision was realized by developing maritime clusters including fisheries, ship development, infrastructure and marine resources.

Ulstein Implements Organizational Changes

The management team in Ulstein Design & Solutions BV, from left Nick Wessels (Marketing & Sales Manager), Edwin van Leeuwen (Managing Director), Bram Lambregts (Deputy Managing Director), and Alwin Hendriks (Finance Manager

Naming and organizational changes are underway in the Ulstein Group companies in the Netherlands. As of August 1, 2015, the ship design company Ulstein Sea of Solutions has been renamed Ulstein Design & Solutions BV (UDS BV), while the equipment company Ulstein Idea Equipment Solutions has been renamed Ulstein Equipment BV (UE BV). Edwin van Leeuwen and Gilbert Rezette enter positions as managing directors of the respective companies. Furthermore the holding company for the Ulstein

SeeByte Announces Sale to the Royal Netherlands Navy

SeeByte, the global leader in creating smart software technology for unmanned systems, has announced that it will provide the Royal Netherlands Navy with twenty new licences of SeeTrack Military. This significant purchase has come after the Royal Netherlands Navy’s successful use of SeeTrack Military over the past six years. The licences will be deployed to the Diving and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group in Den Helder, the BE/NL Minewarfare school Eguermin in Ostend, Belgium and to researchers at the Netherland’s TNO.

Maritime Policy is Central Theme at Russian-Dutch Conference

New public policy priorities, government support and legislation for navigation on inland waterways in Russia, as well as fleet modernisation and waterways infrastructure will be discussed during the conference ‘Russian-Dutch Bilateral Year 2013: the Strategy of Water Transport’. Key speaker during the conference will be Viktor Olersky, deputy Minister of Transport. The conference takes place on September 24, 2013 in pavilion 7 of the Lenexpo in St. Petersburg. The conference will be co-chaired by Mr. Olersky and Siebe Riedstra, Secretary General of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. Speakers include Mr Konstantin Palnikov (Director of Department of State Policy of Maritime and river transport

GL Garrad Hassan Registers Offices In The Netherlands

29. Apr. 2011 | [Group,Renewables] | Hamburg/Germany - GL Garrad Hassan is now registered in the Netherlands as a B.V. (Dutch Limited). The name of the new entity is "GL Garrad Hassan Nederland B.V.". The renewable consultancy has offices in Heerenveen, Leiden and Sint Maarten to accommodate the demand for consulting, design, project management services and training courses for renewable energy projects. The Netherlands has emerged as an evolving market for renewable energies with particular emphasis on offshore wind energy.

IADC Authors Award at CEDA Dredging Days

Bas Borsje (left) receives the IADC Award for the Best Paper by a Young Author from IADC Secretary General René Kolman at CEDA Dredging Days, November 11, 2011.

An IADC Best Paper Award for a Young Author under the age of 35 was presented to Bas Borsje at the CEDA Dredging Days in Rotterdam on November 11, 2011, for the paper “Biogeomorphological Interactions on a Nourished Tidal Flat: Lessons Learned from Building with Nature”. Tidal flats are valuable habitats for different plants and animals, but unfortunately the total area of tidal flats is decreasing worldwide owing to various problems such as sea level rise, subsidence by gas extraction and erosion initiated by artificial constructions. Nourishing tidal flats might be a promising solution.

Fastmount Appoints Distributors

Growth in sales worldwide has prompted Fastmount Ltd, the New Zealand designer and manufacturer of the Fastmount removable panel mounting systems to strengthen its distribution team in Europe. Fastmount has selected marine industry specialists with a wealth of knowledge in both the OEM and refit sectors in the Netherlands, Belgium, Turkey, Finland and Sweden. They appointed Kroon B.V in the Netherlands and Belgium, Neva Marine in Turkey and MarineMan Oy in Finland and Sweden as new distributors.

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