One of the world’s greatest maritime nations is located on the North Sea coast, on the delta of three major European rivers.
In Holland you will find a vibrant ecosystem of 11,000 maritime companies within a 100-kilometer radius. where yacht and shipbuilders collaborate with marine engineers, dredgers share ties with equipment suppliers, and R&D giants compare notes with specialised consultancies.
All of this takes place in a nation whose past, present and future is intimately connected to water.
The Dutch have been leaders in the maritime world for centuries. As a small country well below sea level, Holland has a long and distinguished history with water.
Holland has played a key role in the discovery of new lands and trading across the oceans. The lion’s share of West-European trade in the 17th century was carried in vessels from the Netherlands. At its peak the Dutch fleet comprised over 20,000 ships ranging from 50 to 600 tonnes.
In addition to shipbuilding, this golden age also saw the development of a fishing industry, the building of the world’s first ever yachts, the dredging of harbours, the transfer and storage of goods, and increasing trade via inland waters.
Today Holland is home to many companies that are at the top of their business. A powerful cluster of 11 different industries connected to the rivers and seas provides an unbeatable combination of expertise and experience. We export nearly two-thirds of our maritime work, changing the lives of communities worldwide.
The Dutch raised the Kursk when no one else could. We gave the world the marvel that is Dubai’s Palm Island. Connoisseurs covet our yachts. Our ports and ships catalyse the global economy.
Maritime equipment from Holland powers the world’s complex special vessels. We protect the world’s urban areas against rising seas. The Dutch are innovators in the offshore oil and gas production sector. And our navy participates in peacekeeping missions worldwide.
These maritime successes are driven by a signature ‘can do’ attitude. The Dutch believe that any problem can be solved and any dream can be realised. We are respected craftsmen, who take pride in the quality of our work. Investing heavily in technological innovation, the boundaries of what is possible and known are constantly pushed. Combining audacity with pragmatism means we are always able to keep our promises.
Another key success factor is delivering added value, both to clients and society at large. The Dutch are actively tackling the challenges of climate change, population growth and energy scarcity.
Sustainability is at the forefront of our mind. We are pioneering more efficient designs and energy efficient propulsion technologies. There is an ongoing search for lighter materials and other ways to reduce our environmental footprint.
The Dutch relish the chance to take on extraordinary complex projects. The right expertise is always available somewhere within the maritime cluster. Our unique instinct is to collaborate, across industries and with clients. We seek common goals and a shared vision.
This makes it easy for governments and companies worldwide to work with the Dutch. Together with the world, Dutch maritime excellence will continue to make all the difference.