With 3% of GDP and 6% of exports, the sector makes a structural contribution to the Dutch economy; the result of centuries of experience and entrepreneurship.
At the Maritime Awards Gala in Rotterdam, five winners each received their prize, with feasibility, demonstrable innovation and sustainability being the most important criteria.
Winner: superyacht Viva. By: Feadship/Royal van Lent
According to the jury, the Viva is a ship that excels in perfection from A to Z. “Remarkable are the consistent choice of materials, the clever use of space and the complex constructions in steel, aluminum and glass. The curved windows that run the entire length of the superstructure are a technical tour de force. Under the hood, the unique performance and collaboration of designers, engineers, builders and management is underlined with an efficient, vibration-free and silent hybrid propulsion system.”
Winner: Van Oord with sister ships VOX Ariane, VOX Apolonia and VOX Alexia
“By bringing three state-of-the-art trailing suction hopper dredgers into service, Van Oord is demonstrating what sustainability and efficiency will mean for large seagoing vessels and what mindset this requires from the builder,” said the jury. “The three sister ships (which will sail under the Dutch flag) set the tone for national shipbuilding, not least because of the efficient use of residual cold and heat for climate control on board. Triple innovation.”
Winner: Corrosion with the UV-C Cooler
The jury: “The use of ultraviolet light to remove pollution and barnacle growth in cooling water systems can rightly be called a maritime innovation. It not only solves a headache on many ships, but also does so without ecological burden on the environment. This prevents the global problem of cooling water restrictions, requires less maintenance and ships use less energy.”
Winner: Kirsten Odendaal using computer science techniques
According to the jury, using big data about existing ships when designing new ships to reduce their energy consumption and emissions results in a striking shift in the design focus: from sea trials to actual use. Kirsten Odendaal monitored and analyzed the performance of existing ships using computer science technology. His method quickly leads to improvements in the design process of new ships. “This can rightly be called a quick win ,” said the jury.
Winner: Saskia Alberts with Unmanned Dipping Sonar Boat
“A relevant and unique contribution to the operational deployment of our Royal Netherlands Navy.” For example, the jury characterizes Saskia Alberts’ research into the use of an unmanned unit in anti-submarine warfare, which includes aspects such as radiated noise, stability, persistence, maintenance and launch and recovery options. The jury was impressed by the fact that Alberts, within the limitations of this operational deployment, has found entirely new possibilities for further optimizing anti-submarine warfare.