A true shipbuilder and member of the KNVTS or any of the other organisations in the Schip en Werf De Zee Foundation has of course kept all SWZ|Maritime’s issues for as long as he or she has been a subscriber. And if any issue is worth saving, it is this October issue with a review of all the nominees of the Maritime Awards Gala, or MAG for short.

Because in many disciplines, the nominees are the best in their field, whether it be the Maritime Achievement Award, the Maritime Innovation Award, the Maritime Talent Award, the Maritime Security Award or the Maritime Ship of the Year (formerly the KNVTS Ship of the Year Award). Juries of experts who have earned their spurs in the relevant field determine the nominees and ultimately the winner.

Subscribers of SWZ|Maritime can read all of it by the end of October, and if they know anyone who is not yet a subscriber or member of the KNVTS, please pass on the magazine. With a phone call to the KNVTS secretariat, you will be sent a new copy for your own archives. For spread the word, if there ever was one issue with which to show what SWZ|Maritime stands for and what the Dutch shipbuilding sector has to offer in terms of new pioneering ideas and knowledge every year, it is this October issue.

This issue also features the Europort exhibition, always worth a visit to find out about new developments in shipping and shipbuilding, both where inland navigation and where ocean going ships are concerned. And proud as we may be of our own maritime manufacturing industry, it is always good to take note of what the friendly competition from abroad has to offer.

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Cooperation in European shipbuilding

In that respect, it would be good if there were more cooperation in European shipbuilding as well. All too often, shipbuilding in Europe is still a national affair, with shipbuilders chasing each other while China, Korea and, increasingly, India win more and more interesting orders. It is telling how German shipbuilding, apart from Meyer Werft, naval shipbuilding and superyacht construction, is completely absent now that the European short sea sector urgently needs to renew its fleet and fails to win any orders.

I may therefore warmly recommend this issue on behalf of the editors and wish you much reading pleasure.

This is editor-in-chief Antoon Oosting’s editorial accompanying the October 2023 issue.

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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.

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The articles in SWZ|Maritime’s October issue

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

  • The renewal of the ageing short sea fleet
  • Ship of the Year nominees show big ‘green’ strides
  • Talenten innoveren en verleggen grenzen
  • Nederland zet mooie innovaties in de markt
  • Achievement Award beloont toegevoegde waarde
  • De Nederlandse marine vooruit helpen
  • Focus Europort op energietransitie en digitalisering
  • Making maritime ‘green’
  • Financiering stapsgewijze vergroening essentieel
  • De frisse holistische blik van IJgensinnig
  • Smart Delta Drechtsteden koestert maritieme industrie
  • CFD kan weerstand kielbulb racejacht verminderen

Picture: The Dutch offshore wind fleet continues to grow, both in numbers and capacities. Boskalis’ crane vessel conversion Bokalift 2 has a lifting capacity of 4000 tonnes and can lift structures more than 100 metres high (photo Flying Focus).

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