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RMSC welcomes new Board members at General Assembly

On September 9 our members were present in large numbers for the second real life gathering of 2021. During the annual General Assembly we brought everyone up to speed about our achievements and we also had the pleasure to welcome two new members to the Board. With over 40 people present at the Stadshaven Brouwerij, […]

Rotterdam Maritime Services Community: past, present and future

Let’s dive into the past, the present and the future of the Rotterdam Maritime Services Community (RMSC). Just prior to this year’s summer holidays, Martijn Troost, Onno de Jong, Linda Treuman and Michiel Spitzer met to talk about the early, pioneering days of the RMSC, about where the community currently stands, and about what the […]

Five questions for Bart Hoogstad of Arntz van Helden

With the ‘five questions for’ series individual RMSC members get the opportunity to introduce themselves to the network. Just an informal way to get to know each other a little bit better and keep the community connected during times of social distancing. In this edition Bart Hoogstad elaborates about his role as surveyor/loss adjuster at […]

Commercial and transport law courses overview 2021-2022

Many Dutch universities and other institutes offer (regular and post-graduate) courses in Dutch and/or English on maritime law, transport law (incl. air and space law and law on rail and road transport) and related areas of law such as commercial law, law on competition and public procurement, customs, energy and water, environment, insurance, logistics and […]

Rotterdam: enviable conditions for maritime business services

In the lead-up to Brexit, Thomas Miller, a London-based provider of marine and transport insurance services. started investigating the options for setting up a licensed subsidiary on the European continent as a necessary next step in continuing to serve its members following the UK’s departure from the EU. After a thorough ‘Tour d’Europe’, Rotterdam was […]

Vulnerabilities in the Maritime Industry: corruption

Recap webinar June 18 The Maritime industry is international by nature, and with that, different ways of doing business, both cultural and legal occur. This can expose companies and employees alike to corruptive activities. A great topic to discuss with a criminologist, employment lawyer and a criminal defence lawyer. During the live session, Erik Witjens […]

Five questions for Rod Schlick of Friday & Co Shipbrokers

Because current times limit networking opportunities the RMSC would like to give individual members an opportunity to introduce themselves to the network. Just an informal way to get to know each other a little bit better and keep the community connected. In this edition Rod Schlick of Friday & Co Shipbrokers talks about what’s it […]

RMSC meets Rotterdam Maritime Board

The Rotterdam Maritime Services Community was asked to co-organise a meeting with the Rotterdam Maritime Board (RMB) on May 19. This advisory board to the Rotterdam municipality chooses topics of interest for the broad port and maritime cluster to discuss about. The covid proof meeting was held at the premises of RMSC member STC Group. […]

Five questions for Bas Kleijnjan of Van Woerkom, Nobels & Ten Veen

Because current times limit networking opportunities the RMSC would like to give individual members an opportunity to introduce themselves to the network. Just an informal way to get to know each other a little bit better and keep the community connected. In this edition Bas Kleijnjan elaborates about his role as surveyor and partner at […]

Five questions for Niels Berkhoudt of Aon

Because current times limit networking opportunities the RMCS would like to give individual members an opportunity to introduce themselves to the network. Just an informal way to get to know each other a little bit better and keep the community connected. Niels Berkhoudt, Senior Broker Marine Hull at Aon kicks off. Who are you and […]

Global Maritime Forum essay competition

A new vision for the maritime sector in 2050 A perfect opportunity for our Young RMSC professionals: The Global Maritime Forum organizes an essay competition for young professionals who dare to express their thoughts. When considering the changes that the maritime sector will go through over the next 30 years as it adapts to a […]

Updated RMSC website

The RMSC used the past couple of weeks to update the website to implement the recently developed new visual identity. The new version of the website was recently launched. When we started working on the Overview 2020 the decision was made to update the RMSC visual identity. The new design is fresh and modern. This […]

Young RMSC – an interesting year

2020 has been an interesting year, whereby we changed to a digital environment. Young RMSC has adapted to the digital world as well and stayed hereby connected. Young – RMSC tries to be the voice of all young members active in the maritime business services industry. The younger generation always have different views on the […]

SMM Hamburg & Project Cargo Summit – matchmaking online

As all international events are changing to online events, RMSC had the pleasure to present the greater Rotterdam maritime business services cluster internationally during SMM Hamburg and via the Project Cargo Summit matchmaking tools. I took the opportunity to explain the common goals of RMSC and at the same time would hereby like to shine […]

Opportunities and challenges for the superyacht sector

As in Formula1, the latest techniques in the superyacht sector can be implemented in other sectors! During one of the first content webinars of 2021, the focus was placed by NMT, RMSC and Maritime Delta on the superyachts sector. Hein Velema of RMSC member Marstrat started with an overview of the sector, which indicated that […]

Deep dive Young Maritime Board – Rotterdam, port of talent

Early december the City of Rotterdam organised a deep dive for the Young Maritime Board. The board discussed opportunities to attract and retain talent for the regional maritime cluster. Afterwards they presented their ideas digitally to Vice-mayor Maarten Burggraaf (Municipality Dordrecht) and Regional Minister Jeannette Baljeu (Province Zuid-Holland). Thomas van Oorschot (Young RMSC) is a […]

Frits Gronsveld: Recognition for the cluster of maritime business service providers in Rotterdam

Frits Gronsveld (Chairman Board of Directors – STC Group) is one of the members of the Advisory Board that contributes to the Rotterdam Maritime Services Community (RMSC). The board consists of various experts with first-hand knowledge about current affairs and strategic issues that might affect maritime business services providers. In this interview he shares his […]

Insightful article about the legal aspects of autonomous shipping

Recently Willemijn Putz of Boonk van Leeuwen Advocaten published an interesting article about the legal aspects of autonomous shipping. In order to provide a sound legal framework for ships to be able to sail legally maritime legislation needs to changed. In the article she uses recent Dutch case law on the collision between a pilot […]

Overview 2020 Rotterdam Maritime Services Community

During 2020, when all things changed, RMSC has organized 13 events, both online and offline when possible. With pride, we present you the Overview 2020, where you can read what RMSC does, both event wise as during meetings with other institutes. Our online visibility has almost doubled and together with our members, we promote the […]

Skilled expertise wherever and whenever you need it

Van Ameyde Marine strengthens the connection between Rotterdam and Singapore Van Ameyde (VA) is Europe’s market leader in the area of complex & commercial loss adjusting and surveying, and with the recent strategic partnership with Seasia, the ties are strengthened between the regions. Walter Dekkers of Van Ameyde Marine, member of RMSC, shares his insights. […]

In the Limelight: Threatspan & PortXL

Mitigating risks and dismantling conservatism in the maritime industry Recently the Rotterdam Maritime Services Community (RMSC) spoke with member Leon Yen – Founder and CEO of Threatspan – and Philip Roos – Senior Acceleration Manager at PortXL. During the interview the two maritime enthusiasts elaborated on the importance of mitigating cyber risks and how to […]

Webinar Talented Young Professionals and the Maritime Industry

Join Youngship Rotterdam, Jong Havenvereniging, Young RMSC and Young NMT for a webinar about what talented young professionals have to offer to the maritime industry and vice versa. During this live webinar you can learn more about the perspectives of experienced managers on talent development in the maritime cluster. The webinar is jointly organised to […]

Maritime Capitals United – Singapore & Rotterdam

This fall, Singaporean students are following an Erasmus UPT’s Study Abroad Programme For the second time Erasmus Centre for Urban, Port and Transport Economics (UPT) provides a study abroad programme for bachelor students from Singapore. This year 85 students from the undergraduate programme Maritime Studies at Nanyang Technological University will follow the custom-made study abroad […]

Project Cargo Summit recap

The world economy has taken a massive hit, but as entrepreneurs and economists will often tell you, crises also present opportunities. During the online edition of the Project Cargo Summit 2020 on the 23rd and 24th of September, we explored these opportunities in-depth. With participants from all over the globe (>75 nationalities) and hundreds of […]

Networking event (Corona proof) aboard De Eendracht

It is almost unbelievable how quick things can take a different turn. Exactly two weeks ago (September 17) RMSC members were happy to meet aboard De Eendracht for the first RMSC ‘in person’ event in months. Everyone was eager to see each other. Of course strict precautions were in place: the number of passengers was […]

Maritime business services represented in Young Maritime Board

Vice-mayor Kathmann of Rotterdam launches Young Maritime Board On Friday September 25th vice-mayor Barbara Kathmann – City of Rotterdam – launched the Young Maritime Board. The board consists of representatives of various networking initiatives for maritime young professionals in the Rotterdam region. The perspectives of young professionals working in the maritime business services industry are represented […]

RMSC member Anneke Kooiman voted to be on the IUMI Executive Committee

Today is the last day of the annual International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) conference which due to the worldwide circumstances was not held but broadcasted from Stockholm as an online conference. Also new this year is the opening up for non-underwriters and as a consequence it had the biggest news exposure in its history. […]

Cooperation VNO-NCW and Young Maritime Board

The City of Rotterdam works closely together with the industry, knowledge institutions and other authorities to develop the Rotterdam region as Maritime Captial of Europe. And to put the region on the map internationally. Part of this ambition is to attract and retain talented young professionals so the industry has access to a broad and […]

The Dutch tonnage tax scheme

The Netherlands is home to one of the most prestigious ship registers in the world. Dutch law provides special advantages to shipowners and ship managers. Dutch tax advisors are internationally renowned for their in-depth knowledge of the maritime industry and hands-on advice. Connie Roozen – Director at C&B More and Chair of the RMSC- was interviewed […]

General Assembly 2020

On July 4th, the RMSC organised its first live event in five months. The ING Bank invited us to hold the annual general assembly at their offices in Rotterdam. Of course the meeting was held in accordance with COVID-19 regulations. With 30 people attending, it felt great to see each other in person and discuss how […]

In the limelight: Emiel Paaij and Harry Mulder of DUPI Group

Inhouse expertise, strong networks and powerful IT solutions are key to success When asked about the most differentiating resources that make up the competitiveness of the DUPI Group, Emiel Paaij – Director Marine at DUPI Underwriting Agencies – and Harry Mulder – Client Director at BLAAK Underwriting Agencies, a DUPI Group subsidiary – reply decisively: […]

Commercial and transport law courses overview 2020-2021

Many Dutch universities and other institutes offer (regular and post-graduate) courses in Dutch and/or English on maritime law, transport law (incl. air and space law and law on rail and road transport) and related areas of law such as commercial law, law on competition and public procurement, customs, energy and water, environment, insurance, logistics and […]

Rotterdam Maritime Talent research

RMSC cooperated at the latest research of the Erasmus University – with a focus on  talent and talentprofiles in the Rotterdam regional economy with an additional study focusing on talent for the maritime sector. The maritime labour market is highly international and technology driven. Craftsmanship is still paramount, but having the right cross-over skills enables […]

Is there still finance available for our sector?!

During the fourth RMSC webinar, MONEY was the focus. Is there still finance available for our sector? With an extensively experienced panel of Dutch bankers, we discussed the possibilities companies have to assure themselves of enough liquidity. So far, the number of ‘casualties’ in shipping is limited, but with the current market outlook not being […]

Sharing knowledge on maritime matters is key to our industry

An interview with Mare Forum president Ioannis Kostoulas Business Services are key to an efficient and effective working maritime cluster. Financial, Insurances, Legal advise are all widely available in Rotterdam.  How do  professionals in these fields gain new knowledge and share insights? Amongst others via international conferences like the Mare Forums. How you ended up […]

Recap webinar Short Sea Shipping

The impact of COVID-19 on Short Sea Shipping was the topic of the second RMSC webinar on May 13. We asked three experts to share their perspectives on the impact of the corona crisis on Shipbroking, Surveying and Legal Advice. Our board member Raymond Ko moderated the interactive session. S&P Brokering Having a positive attitude […]

Rotterdamse branche-, promotie en netwerkorganisaties slaan de handen ineen met Business Agenda Rotter

In de Rotterdamse havenregio (Rotterdam, Schiedam, Drechtsteden, Moerdijk) zijn duizenden bedrijven actief in diverse branches en sectoren. Deze bedrijven zijn vaak aangesloten bij één of meerdere branche-, promotie- en netwerkorganisaties. Zij richten zich vaak op een specifieke industrie of bedrijfsactiviteit, maar hebben allen één gemeenschappelijk doel: bijdragen aan het succes van de Rotterdamse haven. Om […]

Excellent maritime cyber security in the Rotterdam maritime cluster

In additon to the interview with Erik Witjens the RMSC was also asked by Rotterdam Maritime Capital of Europe to reflect on how business is changing for companies in the Rotterdam region’s maritime business services sector and how can they anticipate these changes. In this article RMSC members W.T. Group, Threatspan and Anchor Insurance share […]

Recap webinar Corona impact on Maritime Business Services

During the first ever RMSC webinar insights on developments regarding financial, insurance and tax perspectives where covered. Pieter Baan of ING, Connie Rozen of C&B More and Naomi Blomsteel of AON shared their perspectives of the impact of the corona crisis on the maritime industry. Over 40 people participated in the online knowledge session. First […]

Arbitration and the Judiciary in the Netherlands at the International Congress of Maritime Arbitrators, paper presented by Marc Padberg

Between 8 – 13 March 2020, the International Congress of Maritime Arbitrators (ICMA) held its 21st Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Congress is a forum for maritime arbitrators, lawyers and the shipping industry to exchange views and news relevant in the industry and aims to promote maritime arbitration around the world. With the […]

Industry developments

The Rotterdam Maritime Services Community (RMSC) represents the entire cluster of maritime business services providers in the Rotterdam region. We have asked industry experts and RMSC members for a brief overview of developments per sector. You can read about the impact on shipping in general, brokers, legal experts and surveying companies, but also from the […]

The Rotterdam maritime business services industry: dealing with the corona crisis.

As the world battles to control the coronavirus, the global maritime industry is playing a vital role with respect to the continuation of transportation and keeping the logistics value chain functioning. Our sector is key in the provision of essential goods such as food, medical equipment and crucial supplies. With Belgium and other countries having […]

Maritime Cyber Security MarTech Seminar

The safety and security of the maritime industry is becoming increasingly important and a challenge for us all. That is why the Rotterdam Maritime Services Community, together with the Shipbrokers community recently organized our second seminar on Maritime Cyber Security. With a multi-disciplinary view on the subject, the five speakers explained their main area of […]

Erik Witjens: be quick to seek assistance and avoid the risk of litigation

Rotterdam Maritime Services Community – In the limelight Criminal defense attorney Erik Witjens at Libertas Advocaten, notices an increased trend for society to no longer accept risks. In the past risks were somewhat regarded as part of life. However this attitude has clearly changed. Driven by public opinion authorities are eager to hold someone responsible […]

Mare Forum November 6

During the 19th Mare Forum – Ship Finance, that was held on November 6, attendees had the opportunity to meet over 30 members of the Rotterdam Maritime services community. Connie Roozen of C&B More and Pieter Baan of ING elaborated on the role and added value of the Rotterdam Maritime Services Community during their opening […]

5th anniversary RMSC!

Today is a commemorable day, it marks the 5th anniversary of the Rotterdam Maritime Services Community! Starting five years ago with 20 people from 20 companies and organisations, growing towards a lively community stretching over 55 member-companies, and more than 350 people working in the maritime services industry, we can truly say we have outgrown […]

RMSC members lecture at the Erasmus – Nanyang course

Nanyang Technological University ( NTU ) is a cosmopolitan international university based in Singapore, NTU has more than 100 nationalities on its campus. Believing in the benefits of global exposure and immersion for its students, 72 students from NTU follow an exchange program this year with the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). The newly established “Maritime […]

Working visit alderman Arjan van Gils

The municipality of Rotterdam asked the RMSC to organize a working-visit for alderman Arjan van Gils (Ports). The purpose of the visit was to show the importance of the broader maritime industry to the city of Rotterdam. To provide a balanced overview the RMSC prosed to organize the visit together with the Dutch Shipowners Association, […]

Maritime Cyber Security Seminar

On Friday September 20 the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, the Nederlandse Zeebevrachters Sociëteit en the Rotterdam Maritime Services Industry shared their vision on cyber security in the maritime industry during a well attended joint seminar. The line-up consisted of cyber security expert Eric Thorr Klopper of Armada Marine, Jeroen van der Veer of DNV-GL Maritime […]

World Port Breakfast 2019

Part of the mission of RMSC is to interact with the other Rotterdam organisations in the maritime industry. We combined our strenghts with iTanks, Deltalinqs, RPPC, city of Rotterdam and the Port of Rotterdam during hte second World Port Breakfast. The breakfast was held on Friday September 9, the first day of the World Port […]

General Assembly – Overview – 54 members and counting!

The RMSC is growing and as an association, a general assembly is held each year. This year we combined it with the world port breakfast and we were welcome at the former chamber of the board of RDM. Beautiful heritage area. Luckily, with RMSC the figures are better than with RDM in the last years, […]

RMSC event in London great success!

On September 11 the business lunch that was organised during the London International Shipping Week marked the very first RMSC event outside of Rotterdam. Being part of the Rotterdam, Maritime Capital of Europe network, the international promotion of the Rotterdam maritime business services is one of the pillars of RMSC. The RMSC looks back at a […]

London International Shipping Week – Rotterdam Maritime Capital of Europe is committed to unimpeded collaboration with the UK

The Rotterdam Maritime Capital of Europe network is working to strengthen the international position of the Maritime Business Services in the region. London is an important trading partner for companies active in this sector. The cities, less than 320 km apart, have a long trading history. In the context of the London International Shipping Week […]