The Werkendam, Van Oord’s new crane vessel, has been successfully launched in the Waalhaven in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. This is the first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)-powered vessel in the Van Oord fleet. Earlier in January, Pieter van Oord was named ‘Port Man of the Year 2017’ by the Port of Rotterdam.
The vessel will contribute to the further modernisation of Van Oord’s fleet and therefore mark the start of a new generation of dredging vessels. Jaap de Jong, Staff Director of the Ship Management Department at Van Oord, explains: ‘Energy efficiency is one of the top items on our sustainability agenda. To reduce our carbon footprint, we are researching the use of alternative fuels, such as LNG and biofuel. With this investment, we will be gaining experience of LNG-powered vessels and the related benefits.’
The delivery of the vessel and its christening are scheduled for April 2018. It will generally be deployed to Netherlands-based projects executed by subsidiary Paans Van Oord.
Port Man of the Year
Pieter van Oord was named ‘Port Man of the Year 2017’ (Havenman van het Jaar 2017) at the annual ceremony on 8 January. This title has been awarded since 1981 and is given for outstanding contributions towards the development of the Port of Rotterdam.
The jury praised the company’s entrepreneurship, the focus on innovation and the social involvement. ‘Van Oord has continued to invest in new activities and innovation in the past year despite the difficult market conditions in the offshore industry. The company is at the forefront of companies that contribute to the acceleration of the energy transition in the Netherlands. Pieter van Oord is a representative of a family with entrepreneurial spirit.’
As the 37th Port Man of the Year, I’m proud to be the new ambassador of the port of Rotterdam. As a global marine contractor, we have a lot in common with Rotterdam: always looking for new technological challenges, an international standing and an ‘actions speak louder than words’ mentality.
Source: Van Oord