In Depth: Taking the Maritime Industry to the Next Level

Certainty is a scarce good in a continuously changing world. The speed with which new developments arise, seems to imply that knowledge is rapidly built from scratch. We seem to forget that it takes decades to build a sustainable industry.

The long history and diversity of the maritime industry contributes to its international standing; the knowledge institutes, suppliers, contractors and engineering firms together form a strong chain. Especially when faced with so many changes, it is of great interest to thrive on skills that have been there for quite some time.

The complex maritime projects of the near future – whether it concerns accessible waterways and ports or providing households with affordable wind energy – ask for industry players that are capable to do the job. Cooperation focused on combining expertise and knowledge is key.

Designing and building dredging vessels and equipment has long been the corner stone of Royal IHC. Over the last years the offshore sector gained relevance and marine mining became a market of its own. Now, being confronted with worldwide issues in the field of water and energy, we have a chance to reassess our own role. That includes new ways of working together with well known partners and taking on board new technology. Recent examples of new projects are smart maintenance and 3D printing.

Embracing new technologies enables the maritime industry to find solutions for difficult puzzles. To name a few: coping with the limited surface of the North Sea, cleaning up sea floors to make room for new installations and reducing emissions of NOx and SOx to levels that were unthinkable a few years ago. The combination between a strong knowledge base on one hand and creativity on the other hand helps the maritime industry face international competition. End of story?

Not quite. It takes two to tango. Seizing opportunities can only be done with a government that supports its key industries by opening doors with export facilities. A government that understands that regulation is not a national matter but affects the position of companies worldwide. A government that enables the industry to come up with innovative solutions to tackle environmental issues.

In a country where water is always on the agenda, it is easy to lose the characteristics and added value of the maritime industry out of sight. However, the broadness of the Dutch water sector is unique because of the various elements. A water policy that takes the maritime skills and knowledge into account, gives room for innovation and sees strengthening our export position as one of the main goals is the key to future successful international stories.

Marjolein van Noort

Royal IHC, Manager External Relations

This article was previously published in Maritime Holland edition #4 – 2016.

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Breakbulk Europe 2017

For more than a decade, Breakbulk Europe has served as the networking hub for industry professionals who do business in Europe — or would like to! Exhibitors and sponsors include cargo owners, ocean carriers, freight forwarders, ports/terminals, heavy haulers, equipment companies and more that are involved in this specialized industry.

In addition to exceptional networking opportunities, Breakbulk Europe provides a dynamic conference, along with a range of educational and training workshops — intensive all-day classes held the day before the exhibition opens as well as many on-the-floor sessions.

  • Over 7,600 participants attended Breakbulk Europe 2016
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Ferries Asia Summit

Propelling Regional Waterway Connectivity & Fleet-wide Operational Excellence

Ferry travel is in the limelight. The potential for driving tourism growth is immense – and for archipelago nations battling with urban congestion, ferry services pose a clean, efficient alternative in everyday public transport. But high-profile ferry accidents have brought ever greater attention to safety regulations for Asia’s maritime travel industry.

Amid these circumstances, how can vessel operators cope with ever-tightening safety requirements, while making the right decisions at the right time to capture rising demand? What are the smartest ways to improve service reliability and fleet quality, that maximize operating and capital spend? What are the industry’s best-practices for sustainable growth, and how can they be achieved?

Play your part! Join us at the Ferries Asia Summit 2017 to push forward the regional debate on making Asia’s ferry industry more progressive, safe, and commercially sustainable. Bringing together fast-ferry, RO-RO and ROPAX vessel owners along with international and domestic maritime regulators, classification agencies, shipbuilders and naval architects, this event connects the entire value chain for a meaningful holistic debate on ferry operations excellence in Asia.

WHAT’S ON THE AGENDA THIS YEAR?

Comprehensive debates on addressing the complexity of ferry safety in Asia: Is vessel age truly the greatest concern? How significant are other factors, and how can they be addressed?

Pathways to change through greater public-private collaboration

Contrasting viewpoints on the most effective ways to enhance operational stability & passenger management

Cost-efficient O&M strategies to extend vessel life & tips for stakeholder management to avoid purchasing mistakes

Integrating ferry business with tourism opportunities through strategic partnerships

Exciting formats including speed networking, panel discussions & a high-intensity fast-pitch ‘Shark Tank’!

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INMEX Vietnam 2017

The event is an exceptional meeting point for the global maritime community in Vietnam, a region where the industry remains buoyant and strong…

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Singapore Maritime Week 2017

Singapore Maritime Week (SMW) is the leading maritime event in Singapore. Driven by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), SMW…

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