The closure of the Suez Canal by the Ever Given and the tragic of the war of the Russian nazi-terrorists against Ukraine have made clear how important shipping is and that ships are indispensable for feeding the world. And it might still be very polluting, but we can’t do without shipping and ships. And if you want to regulate that, you had better also control the building of ships, or even better, build the ships yourself with the latest technology that you’ve developed at European yards.

Happily, day in and day out, the Dutch shipbuilders (also see the picture on our October cover) show again and again that they deliver top-notch products in shipbuilding. And once a year, the shipbuilding, shipping and naval branches can be proud and party at the Maritime Awards Gala, this year again taking place at De Doelen in Rotterdam, which celebrates the best achievements of the past year. Winning is great, but being nominated is already something to be very proud of.

Also read: SWZ|Maritime’s September 2022 issue: Dutch yachting from leisure to industry

Maritime Awards Gala nominees

One of the tasks the editors of SWZ|Maritime have set themselves is to give extensive coverage of all the nominees of the Maritime Awards Gala in the October issue. So, find enclosed a complete overview worth holding on to. To find out who will win, we will unfortunately have to be patient for a while, but stay tuned to our website, Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our free newsletter.

This October edition went to the printers on Tuesday, October 11, to be delivered to subscribers starting Friday, October 21, well before the Gala on November 7. But the editors hope that this October issue can at least serve as a nice preview of the Maritime Awards Gala.

German frigates

In the meantime, while war threatens the world, hopeful technological developments continue unstoppable. The editors of SWZ|Maritime try as best they can to highlight what is particularly important for the maritime sector. Hence in this issue also an interview of our colleague Jaap Huisman with the project leader of the prestigious German frigate construction project for which Damen Shipyards won the contract.

A super important project that helps to bring in other countries as customers as well, such as Colombia, that also ordered five frigates from Damen and for which I would like to refer to our Maritime monthly by colleague Gerrit de Boer.

And please also note Björn von Ubisch’s article on progress in combatting the problem of methane slip when using LNG as fuel in shipping. All that remains for me is to wish you happy reading.

This is editor-in-chief Antoon Oosting’s editorial accompanying the October 2022 issue.

SWZ Archive

Our digital archive is once again available to subscribers and they can read the digitial version of our October issue there. Subscribers can register here to gain access. Not yet a subscriber? Visit our subscription page.

Also read: SWZ|Maritime’s July-August 2022 issue: SMM, sustainability and energy transition

The articles in SWZ|Maritime’s October issue

In addition to the regular sections such as Dutch news, Markets, Maritime monthly, Global news, Book reviews, news from the KNVTS and Mars Report, the articles (some in Dutch) in the October issue are:

  • Building a multi-mission frigate for Germany
  • Zeer diverse kanshebbers Schip van het Jaar
  • Maritiem onderzoek brengt nieuwe inzichten
  • Innovatie op zijn best: wie pakt de prijs?
  • De Nederlandse marine voorop laten lopen
  • Wie hielp de Nederlandse zeevaart vooruit?
  • Nederlandse oplossingen voor Nederlandse uitdagingen
  • Methane slip on the agenda

Picture: On 6 October, Holland Shipyards revealed it will build four autonomous electric ferries for Trafi kverket Sweden. A testament to the innovation brought to the table by Dutch shipyards. The order will be discussed in more detail in SWZ|Maritime’s Maritime monthly in our November issue (photo Holland Shipyards).

Also read: SWZ|Maritime’s June 2022 issue: European shipbuilding – Let the data speak for themselves