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Exiting Summer Event with more than 70 RMSC relations!

What a great event we had last week – with more than 70 people joining, we can truly say the RMSC Community grew in the last 3,5 years to a vibrant and active community. Of course the setting was also a great one; a tour around the Project Services terminal at the RDM area, which […]

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 […]

Rotterdam Maritime Services Community present at CHIO Port Event

Last June 21 – 24, one of the best known sport events in Rotterdam took place, the ‘Concours Hippique International Officiel’ – in Rotterdam known as the CHIO. The CHIO Rotterdam has cooperated closely with the maritime sector from the start of the event in the 1940s. The port and the CHIO Rotterdam are therefore […]

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. […]

Masterclass recap : Enter blockchain ; digitization in ports and shipping

Transparency a faster flow of data, faster status updates; this is what operators in the ports and shipping industry are dreaming of, while sharing data and opening the books for others is one’s greatest fear. Enter the blockchain! On November 23, RMSC and STC Group organised a Masterclass about blockchain and how it is likely […]

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 […]

Young RMSC lecture: the Hanjin case

Over 40 enthusiastic young professionals gathered last Thursday at the Van Traa offices in Rotterdam to listen to some very interesting lectures on the Hanjin case. The group,  that consisted of young employees who work at a wide array of RMSC member firms, was present at the first activity of Young RMSC. Young RMSC was […]

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 […]

Official kickoff Young RMSC

On October 20th the official kick off of the new Young RMSC network took place. During drinks at the Suicide Club in the Groothandelsgebouw the organizing committee presented their ambitions for this network. Young RMSC works with an organizing committee that is formed by three young professionals, Niels Teeuw (HDI-Gerling), Daan Komen (Van Steenderen Mainport […]

STC – YoungShip Rotterdam Masterclass – Vulnerability of world trade

Being the gateway to Europe, the Port of Rotterdam and Dutch maritime cluster flourish when world trade soars, but are also vulnerable for disruptive events. Because of instability in the world, more and more people realize that globalization and free trade is not a given. Maintaining safe and secure shipping routes come at a cost. […]

New manager Rotterdam Maritime Services Community

From April 1st onwards Onno de Jong is active as the new manager of RMSC. In the function he succeeds Martijn Troost and will be responsible for the management of the association and the organization of activities for the members. Besides working for RMSC Onno works as researcher at Erasmus University Rotterdam where he focuses […]

Opening VNAB Knowledge and Meeting Centre

On the 13th of April the new meeting centre of the VNAB, The Dutch Insurance Exchange Association, was officially opened by Mr. Visser, the City of Rotterdam alderman for the port of Rotterdam. In his speech Mr. Visser stressed the importance of the center for the national and international visibility of Rotterdam as leading city […]

Working Group International Profiling

Within the Rotterdam Maritime Services Community there is a for and by members working group on themes relevant to our members. On March 30 the working group had a very fruitful discussion on how to better profile the maritime business services sector in Rotterdam. Both best practices and future possibilities have been discussed. A representative […]

Maritime Services and innovation

The contribution of maritime business services to innovation processes is often not clearly visible. However, during the I-Tanks meets RMSC breakfast on February 18th the inspiring pitches of AKD, Amlin and Be-Scope made very clear that maritime business services do have an important role for innovation in the maritime and port industry. Maritime business service […]

Combining forces within the Maritime Delta

The Maritime Delta is the largest maritime hotspot in West Europe, ranging from the Maasvlakte up to Gorinchem and Werkendam. This region hosts one of the strongest, biggest and most diversified maritime clusters of the world. In the program ‘Maritime Delta’ several  governments, businesses, trade- & network-organisations, knowledge & education institutions cooperate to develop the […]

Rotterdam’s future as an energy port

On January 27th RMSC and STC-Group organized the master trendsession on the future of Rotterdam as energy port. Thanks to the inspiring speakers of Port of Rotterdam, Cleantech Delta and RWE/Essent, we had an interesting reflection on the current ambitions and developments related to energy. It became very clear that we are currently in an […]

Civil court procedures in English

As of January 1st 2016 the Rotterdam District Court will allow certain types of civil cases to be conducted in the English language. The cases that will qualify for this pilot project are those involving maritime law, transport law and international sale of goods. The Maritime Chamber of the Rotterdam District Court is specialized in […]

RMSC involved with Rotterdam’s strategy to become a leading global trading hub

October 21th several RMSC-members participated in a workshop on commodity trade, organized by Deloitte. In this workshop specific input was retrieved for Rotterdam’s strategy to develop as a leading global trading hub and for a meeting with the Dutch tax authorities on this subject. Last year, dr. Wouter Jacobs (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and Thomas van […]

Cooperation of RMSC and VNAB in new knowledge and meeting centre in Rotterdam

Early 2016, the Dutch Insurance Exchange Association (VNAB) will open the doors of a knowledge and meeting centre at a new location, de Boompjes, in Rotterdam. This centre is an important asset that stimulates the development of Rotterdam as a meeting hub for the international business community. The knowledge and meeting centre will serve as […]

New initiative by RMSC members: A new master class in marine Insurance

Two of our members, i.e. DUPI Insurance Group (Dutch P&I and Dutch Marine Insurance) and the Erasmus School of Law, have taken the initiative to organize Master Classes on the subject of Marine Insurance. The Classes will commence this fall and will be available to ten/ fifteen candidates. During a two year period, the participants […]

Seminar on aquatic drones; going on front in new developments

On September 3th the Dutch navy hosted a seminar on aquatic drones on board of the Zr.Ms. Johan de Witt. The session was organized by Innovation Quarter, Maritime Delta, RDM Campus and RMSC. The development and operation of aquatic drones is a major development with huge implications for the maritime industry. Also in terms of […]