Resilient Dutch Build Business Platform
Although the much-vaunted scheme to realise at least 30 domestically-produced, zero-emission ships by 2030 under the Maritime Master Plan has yet to be endorsed by government, Dutch shipbuilders continue to show resilience and business verve.
While Royal IHC is the subject of a further rescue plan due to a dearth of new contracts for larger, complex vessels in its target sectors, orderbooks among many of the industry’s key players have seen some strengthening over the past 12 months. Positive influences are an expansion-minded and innovative domestic shipowning and shipmanagement community, with recourse to an extensive supply chain and network of knowledge centres, underpinned by a Dutch propensity for cost-minded, technologically-pragmatic solutions.
Exemplifying the well-proven practice of many Dutch shipbuilders to assign the bulk of newbuild steel fabrication to yards in lower-cost countries, the Polish-built hull of a ro-ro heavy-load carrier recently arrived at Urk, on the IJsselmeer, for completion by main contractor Hartman Marine. The latest project adheres to the production pattern adopted by the Hartman group for successive stages of its in-house fleet development programme.