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Event recap: Maritime Innovation – Autonomous Shipping

Feb 19, 2019 was the first content related topic on the RMSC calendar. As innovation is becoming more important in the industry, the RMSC has sought cooperation with Netherlands Maritime Technology (NMT) and Innovation Quarter to organize the event on A Vision to Autonomous Shipping. The event was held at the STC Group – directly […]

Meeting RMSC Advisory Board

Last January 2019 the board of RMSC and the Advisory Board had their latest meeting. These fruitful meetings are held twice a year (if necessary). Main topics that were discussed during this meeting were RMSC focus areas. And the continuation and development of strategic alliances as well as cooperation with other relevant trade associations in […]

The Rotterdam effect: is the best yet to come?

In order to remain relevant and profitable in the future, the port of Rotterdam cannot continue to rely solely on container transshipment and the storage and processing of oil. The importance of this change is mentioned in the new report by Erasmus Centre for Urban, Port and Transport Economics: the Rotterdam Effect. The aim of this […]

Get ready for Brexit

The Dutch chain solution for Brexit allows cargo to travel quickly to and from the United Kingdom – also after Brexit. The 29th of March 2019 is quickly approaching. Together, we can prevent delays! Will you make sure that you ready in time?     Get ready for Brexit Exporters, importers and their logistic service […]

Joint participation at Europort 2019

As the Rotterdam Maritime Services Community (RMSC) is growing, the network organisation is thinking about ways to promote the companies that participate in the RMSC. Not only to promote the maritime business services industry in general, but also to help generate new business for its members. Therefore the RMSC is investigating the possibility to organise […]

2019 focus RMSC

RMSC focusses on strengthening and developing maritime business services industry Thursday January 25 marked the first event for the Rotterdam Maritime Services Community (RMSC) of 2019. Over 60 members, relations and other maritime enthusiasts were welcomed by RMSC Chair Connie Roozen at Kaapse Maria, downtown Rotterdam. Next to this Roozen highlighted the 2019 focus areas […]

ITIC circular: Brexit update

Preparations in anticipation of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union In October 2018 the ITIC issued a circular which provided an update of ITIC’s plans to retain access to the European Union (“EU”) single market after the United Kingdom (“UK”) withdraws from the Union. We had hoped that there would by now have been […]

EF Marine announces strategic alliance with Swiss Re Corporate Solution

EF Marine announces strategic alliance with Swiss Re Corporate Solutions to offer Fixed Premium Protection and Indemnity (P&I) insurance to cover increasingly complex marine risks. EF Marine (EFM) teams up with Swiss Re Corporate Solutions to further penetrate the Fixed Premium Protection & Indemnity (P&I) sector. This agreement will support small to medium size companies active in the […]

Put Rotterdam on the map, no more modesty!

Mid November Connie Roozen – Chairwoman of the RMSC and partner with C&B More – held an open discussion with Menno Huijs – Program Manager Port Economics with the municipality of Rotterdam – on the role maritime business services play in putting Rotterdam on the map as maritime capital of Europe. The interview is part […]

Technical Visit Mariflex Group and networking with RBTS

On November 20th the Rotterdam Maritime Services Community (RMSC) was invited by the Rotterdam Beurs Transport Society (RBTS) to join their company visit to the Mariflex Group in Vlaardingen. Mariflex is active in the liquid cargo handling and emergency response market. Attendees were offered full insight of what the company brings to the market during […]

Insights of the Mare Forum Ship Finance conference

On November 6 over 200 key players of the Dutch maritime industry attended the 18th Mare Forum Ship Finance conference in Rotterdam. The central theme of this year’s edition was how capital providers can effectively fulfil the needs of ship owners. Rotterdam Maritime Services Community (RMSC) member Joep Gorgels of ABN-AMRO and Connie Roozen, RMSC […]

Less than 150 days until Brexit!

The impact of Brexit for companies operating in the greater Rotterdam port area is expected to be immense. The remaining time until ‘Brexit day’ on March 29 is hard needed to finetune the last and most important details in the negotiation process between the UK and the EU. Over 100 participants attended the Deltalinqs Autumn-Seminar […]

Sedgwick strengthens its marine claims services

Sedgwick, a leading global provider of technology-enabled risk, benefits and integrated business solutions, continues to strengthen its marine claims services and solutions by expanding its global marine practice through the integration of both Sedgwick and Cunningham Lindsey’s marine divisions. The global marine practice of Sedgwick consists of 180 dedicated marine experts working across 45 countries […]

New name TAMARA: UNUM Arbitration & Mediaton

UNUM inaugurated its new identity and services last week at its successful launch event at the VNAB, overlooking the river Maas, in Rotterdam. The event included presentations from distinguished keynote speakers, Professor Barendrecht, research director at HiiL (The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law); and Mr. Visser, Vice Mayor for Finance, Organization, Port and Large Projects of the City of Rotterdam. UNUM is the […]

Rotterdam is the Maritime Capital of Europe!

The municipality of Rotterdam wants to promote Rotterdam both nationally and internationally as the maritime capital of Europe and with this attract more business, entrepreneurs, innovative start-ups and talent to the city. On Thursday, Sept 20 Alderwoman Barbara Kathman of the municipality of Rotterdam and Alderman Maarten Burggraaf of De Drechtsteden invited the maritime sector […]

Innovation breakfast 2018 – Opening of the World Port Days

With more than 200 people joining in the historic Hulstkamp building, right at the Nieuwe Maas, it was a great venue for the opening of the World Port Days. Itanks organised the event with help from RPPC, Rotterdam Partners and RMSC. Speakers were diverse, with Eduard Backer (CMA-CGM) regarding new insights from students in a […]

Connie Roozen new Chairwoman RMSC

On August 29, the Rotterdam Maritime Services Community held its yearly meeting. With 19 people present, it was a well-attended general meeting.  During the meeting, the past and current activities were explained and promoted, the financial status of the RMSC was presented and the board changed. Bart Hoogstad and Jeroen Kuyper, both founding members of […]

Ship insurer UK P&I Club opts for Rotterdam as hub due to Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) – British ship insurer UK P&I Club is in the process of setting up a subsidiary in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam to ensure continued access to trade in the European Union in case Britain loses single market access, its chief executive said. Britain dominates the global marine insurance market and losing […]

Rotterdam steps up and holds 6th position International Shipping Centre Development Index

On July 10 the Baltic Exchange and Xinhua published the annual International Shipping Centre Development (ISCD) Index. Rotterdam jumped two places and holds the 6th position in the overall ranking due to improved operating efficiency, with new technology applications such as the internet of things, big data, and artificial intelligence, as well as smart port construction. The […]

North P&I Club and 24Vision sign partnership agreement

North P&I Club and 24Vision announced today that they have entered into a partnership agreement, with effect from 1 July 2018, to provide P&I insurance to charterers and small ship operators. As part of 24Vision’s wider service proposition to their marine industry clients, the partnership agreement provides for North P&I Club to be the insurance […]

Interview with Jeroen Kuyper about Rotterdam, Europe’s capital of cool.

RMSC Chairman Jeroen Kuyper was interviewed by the AD, a renowned national newspaper in the Netherlands. Jeroen is the director of Rotterdam Partners. Although in Dutch, the article shows his love for Rotterdam. Both for companies and organisations as for tourists and residents of the city. “Het gaat ons er om de wereld te laten […]

Special Smart Maintenance Business Lunch at SMM 2018

If you are interested in smart maintenance of your maritime assets, we invite you to join the Smart Maintenance Business Lunch. This high level event will take place on Wednesday September 5th 2018 in Hamburg. The lunch is co-organised by leading European companies and is part of the Smart Holland Day at SMM, the leading international […]

Erasmus UPT Launches New Executive Progamme Leadership in Commodity Trade and Supply Networks

The Executive Programme Leadership in Commodity Trade and Supply Networks had its official launch at the Feyenoord Stadium in Rotterdam 15th of June, with industry speakers such as Peter Goedvolk on behalf of the Rotterdam Maritime Board and Sacha Konan, the Executive Director Commodities and Global Markets at Macquarie highlighting the importance of commodities trading […]

Annual General Meeting and Summer Event – 29 August

Via this item, we already want to draw your attention towards the annual general meeting on Aug 29 at the Broekman Heavylift Center in Rotterdam. Quite a lot of items will appear on the agenda, with the main focus on the change of the board; Jeroen Kuyper will leave the board, and so will Bart […]

Recap Workshop LNG As Marine Gas

On May 14th, a workshop with insights on LNG as marine gas was given by Walter Dekkers, director of Van Ameyde Marine. As we were at the premises of Simwave in Barendrecht, we started with a tour around the newly opened maritime centre. The maritime training centre is equipped with simulators that cover different aspects […]

24Vision seeks more collaboration and sharing in shipping

24Vision is a new type of venture that includes different aspects in shipping. Martin Lanting, the company’s founder, launched 24Vision in the twilight of his career. Combining his knowledge and experience, he created a new business model for the shipping industry: a model based on collaboration and sharing. In line with that philosophy, 24Vision also […]

24Vision.Solutions announces a Joint Venture with FourteenZeroFive Insurance Solutions,

24Vision.Solutions announces a Joint Venture (JV) with FourteenZeroFive Insurance Solutions, a specialist reinsurance MGA that will underwrite engineering and energy risks in the African market.  24Vision.Solutions, a marine professional global group specialized in delivering solutions across all the aspects of the marine adventure, is entering into a joint venture agreement with FourteenZeroFive Insurance Solutions, a participated reinsurance […]

Bjørn Kalden maakt overstap van RSA naar DUPI Underwriting Agencies

Bjørn Kalden gaat per 1 juni a.s. aan de slag bij DUPI Underwriting Agencies als Claims Manager Marine, een nieuwe functie binnen het inmiddels ca. 30 medewerkers tellende Rotterdamse volmachtbedrijf. Met zijn komst komt het totaalaantal medewerkers op de schadeafdeling van Marine uit op vijf.  DUPI Underwriting Agencies is onderdeel van DUPI Group, waarbij in ons land […]

IMO – 70 years of international safety and security in shipping

Because of the international nature of the shipping industry, it has long been recognized that action to improve safety in maritime operations is more effective if carried out at the international level rather than by individual countries acting unilaterally and without co-ordination.The IMO is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and […]

Rotterdam Maritime Cluster visits Athens and Pireaus

On March 12 the first Rotterdam-Athens Piraeus meeting took place in Athens. The meeting was organised by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Greece, the City of Rotterdam, Rotterdam Partners, the Port of Rotterdam, Mare Forum and the Rotterdam Maritime Services Community and was facilitated by Greek maritime clusters and shipping companies. […]

Insurance Clubs report strong renewal uptake

Renewal uptake for the 2017/18 period was up for the larger protection and indemnity experts in the marine sector. The London P&I Club reports that it is also true to say that for it the period generally saw rates come under pressure, but there was a notable reduction in the impact on income of mid-year […]

Focus on international IT developments

Rotterdam Maritime Services Community – In the limelight As the founding father of law firm Klaassen Advocaten, Roelant Klaassen has strong ties with the port of Rotterdam. His clients, both national and international, are mainly active in the shipping and transport industry. Klaassen is the newest member of the Rotterdam Maritime Services Community. “I truly […]


Rotterdam, 15 March 2018. Today the Rotterdam District Court rendered judgment in the case against several shipowning companies, group companies and executives within the Seatrade group of companies concerning ship dismantling and recycling in India, Bangladesh and Turkey back in 2012. The Regulation (Ec) No 1013/2006 of 14 June 2006 on Shipments of Waste (the […]

Vibrant RMSC New Year’s reception at the beautiful Schielandshuis

On Tuesday January 16 the Rotterdam Maritime Services Community (RMSC) organised a well attended and vibrant new year’s reception at the Schielandshuis in the heart of Rotterdam. Together with Maarten Struijvenberg – alderman employment and economy of the municipality of Rotterdam – RMSC members, partners, relations the Board toasted on a prosperous and successful 2018. […]

Brexit opportunities for Dutch law firms and their clients

In the latest edition of ‘Cargo Magazine’ Mrs. Emily Dérogée van Roosmalen makes a strong claim for the benefits of dispute settlement under Dutch Law, opposed to the British system. Paving the way for opportunities arising from the upcoming Brexit. Dérogée elaborates on the world-class reputation the Dutch justice system holds when it comes to […]

Masterclass Blockchain in the Maritime Industry at November 23 2017

At November 23 RMSC organizes a Masterclass Blockchain in the Maritime Industry. This event is a coproduction with STC. Blockchain has huge potential, particularly for the maritime industry.  Blockchain is a revolutionary new way to make transactions transparent using distributed ledger technology. Much of the possibilities are yet to be explored, while the number of […]

RMSC partner of succesfull WISTA Annual Conference in Rotterdam

Early October 2017 the international conference of the WISTA association took place in Rotterdam. WISTA, the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA International) is a global organisation connecting female executives and decision makers around the world. This years international conference was organized in Rotterdam. Topic of the conference was Futureproof Maritime Solutions. A very […]

Rotterdam Maritime Capital of Europe campaign launched

On September 18th the official launch of the Rotterdam Maritime Capital of Europe campaign took place. At a large gathering at the Rotterdam Maritime Museum the new website was unveiled. The campaign is supported by Rotterdam Partners, the City of Rotterdam, the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the Drechtsteden region. Main aim of the campaign […]

RMSC GMM and summer activity

September 14th was a very, very, wet day in Rotterdam and also happened to be the date for the RMSC General Members Meeting and annual summer cruise. Expect for the weather the day turned out to be perfect. The day started with a tour around the premises of our host of the day, the KRVE […]

RMSC key member in newly installed Rotterdam Maritime Board

On June 19th the new Rotterdam Maritime Board was installed by the Municipal Executive Committee of the City of Rotterdam. Thirty CEO’s and board members of leading maritime companies and organisations in the Rotterdam region are member of this new advisory board. This board will address current and strategic affairs within the maritime sector in […]

Rotterdam strong candidate in the race to become maritime capital of Europe

Norwegian research institute Menon has conducted a large survey on worldwide maritime capitals. In the third edition of The Leading Maritime Capitals report the 15 leading maritime city regions around the world are benchmarked for four maritime sectors: shipping, finance and law, technology and ports & logistics. This ranking is combined with an overall assessment of […]

Jeroen Kuyper new managing director Rotterdam Partners

Jeroen Kuyper will be the new managing director of Rotterdam Partners as of 1 September. Kuyper has extensive experience in the Rotterdam business sector. He replaces departing interim director Ron Voskuilen. Kuyper was born and raised in Rotterdam. He is currently employed as managing director of Maritime & Transport at insurance broker and risk advisor Aon, where […]

Young RMSC tests maritime trivia of young professionals

On April 6th Young RMSC organized a very successful pubquiz. Bar Panenka in the city center of Rotterdam had been transformed into a lively arena where knowledge on the maritime sector and several vaguely related topics was to be tested. Niels Teeuw, who works at member firm HDI Global, the Netherlands SE served as quizmaster […]

Rotterdam Partners co-hosts Dutch-US Maritime Networking Day

On Wednesday 12 April Rotterdam will welcome The Maritime Alliance (TMA) from San Diego CA (USA) for the Dutch – US Maritime Networking Day at the Maritime Museum in Rotterdam. This networking event is all about fostering collaboration between Dutch and US companies in the maritime industry, and finding distributors, channel partners, and/or technology partners. […]

RMSC in working group on Rotterdam as maritime insurance capital

As put forward by the alderman for Economic Affairs in a recent interview Rotterdam is seeing opportunities in attracting (regional) offices of maritime business currently located in London. Now Queen Elizabeth has given Royal Assent to the Brexit bill UK Prime Minister May is expected to start talks to leave the European Union within the […]

Update on RMSC supported research on maritime business services

Last month a special Community Session on the Roadmap World Port City was organized by Smart Port. During this session members of the maritime business services community met with policy makers and researchers to be updated on the first results of the Smart Port initiated research programmes. Dr. Wouter Jacobs of Erasmus University presented his […]

Marstrat appoints Raymond Ko as Managing Partner

As of January 1st Raymond Ko is appointed Managing Partner of Marstrat. Raymond succeeds Martin Bloem, who was responsible for setting-up the company and the successful first years of operation. Martin steps down because of engagements in various commercial projects, amongst others the interim management role at Deal! Drecht Cities. Martin will stay on as […]

Minister Schultz van Haegen opent maritieme werkconferentie

Op 1 februari aanstaande organiseren het Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Milieu (IenM) en Nederland Maritiem Land (NML) een maritieme werkconferentie in de Beurs van Berlage te Amsterdam. Vertegenwoordigers uit de maritieme sector en betrokken departementen gaan tijdens de conferentie aan de slag om prioriteiten voor komende twee jaar op te halen. De uitkomsten vormen de […]

Rotterdam, Netherland’s exclusive court of competent jurisdiction for maritime and transport law

Effective the 1st of January 2017 the District Court of Rotterdam became the exclusive court of competent jurisdiction for cases involving maritime and transport law in the Netherlands. The court already has a long standing legal and substantive expertise on maritime issues, and holds an outstanding reputation in this area. Combined with a strong presence […]

RMSC hosts insightful brainstorm session on Brexit dynamics

On November 24th the Rotterdam Maritime Services Community (RMSC) organized a brainstorm session for its members. Topic of debate was the dynamics caused by the June 2016 Brexit referendum. Over the last months many, sometimes even contrasting, developments have taken place. Exact outcomes are not yet sure, but one can safely assume that there will […]

Anatomy of Shipping and Transport 2017

The liquidation of Hanjin, the bankruptcy of Flinter or the Rickmers Group daughter in Singapore which stocks trading has been suspended, but also the investments in the Port of Antwerp or the silk road train connection from China to Europe – what do these developments mean for the maritime and logistics sectors? We are delighted […]