The Royal Netherlands Society of Engineers (KIVI) has awarded an honorary medal for Marine Engineering to the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN). The medal is awarded every four years to a person or organisation that has made an outstanding contribution to the maritime sector.

Bas Buchner, managing director of MARIN, received the award from Thecla Bodewes, figurehead of the maritime sector, during a small ceremony held at MARIN‘s inland navigation tank in Wageningen on 11 November.

This time, the KIVI jury chose MARIN because of the way the institute has stimulated the knowledge position of the Netherlands, the stimulus given to young researchers and the way it positions itself as a world leading institute.

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Thecla Bodewes: ‘KIVI awards the medal of honour to MARIN. An institute with an impressive history. However, looking back is not one of MARIN’s strongest features. The institute is always full steam ahead with research for the challenges of the future. And the institute is its people. Many people in the organisation have guaranteed that MARIN is the way it is today and it is today’s people who guarantee the way forward. Today’s challenges are many. The climate demands energy conservation and energy transition, society demands circularity, the economy demands innovation and young people want to play a part in all of this. MARIN has succeeded in excelling in these matters. The technical and theoretical quality of MARIN’s work is world leading. MARIN is therefore a crucial cornerstone in the Netherlands’ performance in the global maritime playing field.’

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Picture: Thecla Bodewes presents the KIVI Maritime Technology Medal of Honour to Bas Buchner, managing director of MARIN.