The Rotterdam Maritime Services Community (RMSC) was invited by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management to organise a special lecture for their staff of the Seaports department. During the periodic current affairs lecture on October 12 the RMSC provided insights about the role and importance of maritime business services for the entire maritime cluster.
Under the leadership of port economist Bart Kuipers (Erasmus UPT), presentations were given by Wouter Jacobs (Erasmus University), Pieter Baan (RMSC) and Jeroen de Haas (Marine-Expert). With these explanations were given about maritime business services and why they are important to the competitiveness of maritime ecosystem in and around Rotterdam.
Where Wouter highlighted the importance from the perspective of various roles that business services have, Pieter was able to confirm this from his side and gave examples of how the RMSC (as part of the Rotterdam Maritime Capital of Europe network), fulfils its role as a promotor and connector between the different sectors.
Jeroen was able to convince the audience of the importance of the business services with some practical examples concerning damage to container ships and the financial usefulness and the safeguarding of knowledge through claims settlement in the Netherlands.
The next session is on 9 November and the subject is “the container crisis”.
Photo: Claire Droppert