• 2020 September 10 14:15

    Dutch National Fund for Green Investments gives major impetus to a stronger, more innovative economy

    Today saw the official presentation of the Dutch National Fund for Green Investments (Nationaal Groeifonds), Port of Rotterdam said in its release. According to various senior Zuid-Holland administrators, this new fund – which represents a total value of €20 billion – will give major impetus to various efforts to safeguard the long-term continuity of earning power and employment in the Netherlands. The Cabinet’s plans for long-term investments in the Dutch economy align with various programmes that are already underway in Zuid-Holland. Private firms, knowledge institutes and public authorities in the region are making substantial joint investments in new revenue models and employment, based on a common Growth Agenda. This package of investments and actions undertaken within Zuid-Holland presents the Dutch National Fund for Green Investments with concrete handles and propositions.

    Over the past few months, key players from Zuid-Holland have lobbied intensively for the establishment of such a fund. They are consequently delighted with the present plans. ‘Companies, knowledge institutes and public organisations in Zuid-Holland have joined forces,’ explains Jaap Smit, Chair of Economic Board Zuid-Holland and King’s Commissioner of Zuid-Holland. ‘Together, we will be able to realise 10% extra economic growth for the Netherlands within the next ten years. The Zuid-Holland region has drawn up a concrete Growth Agenda for this purpose, which we intend to realise in partnership with the State.’

    Thanks to a combination of leading knowledge institutes, large private players and innovators, Zuid-Holland has everything in house to step up its contribution to the Netherlands’ economy and society. ‘Connecting our innovative enterprises more effectively with strong companies will allow us to create new revenue models and jobs for the Netherlands,’ says Jaap Smit. ‘Still, this will require closely coordinated investments in knowledge and innovation, education, metropolitan public transport, the power infrastructure and manufacturing.’

    Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority: ‘In the years ahead, we will need to raise the sustainability of our society’s power supply and industrial sector. This is vital both in terms of climate change mitigation and for economic development and employment. It is important that the government doesn’t merely state that systemic changes are required, but also frees up funds to guarantee the Netherlands’ prosperity in 20 to 30 years’ time. The recent Cabinet decision has laid the groundwork for this investment fund. What we need to do now is invest in those projects that will have the biggest impact.’

    Tim van der Hagen, Rector Magnificus and Chair of the Executive Board of Delft University of Technology: ‘The announced investments in innovation can kick-start the Dutch economy. At our campus in Delft, for example, we work together with the private sector, government agencies and fellow knowledge centres on strengthening our ecosystems in the field of quantum technology, AI and Health and Energy. This also helps to develop the huge potential found in Zuid-Holland in these fields – so we can help build a sustainable future.’

    Bart van Zijll Langhout, Head of Janssen Campus Netherlands: ‘One can see new solutions developing within innovative ecosystems like Leiden BioScience Park – out of the merging of knowledge, expertise and a spirit of enterprise in the medical biotech sector. In the years ahead, we will need to further build our existing campus-based public-private partnerships, so academic knowledge and economic activity can strengthen each other even further.’

    Marja van Bijsterveldt, Mayor of Delft: ‘It is important that the Dutch National Fund for Green Investments pays sufficient attention to connections. On the one hand, there’s the physical connection between centres of new innovation and places where people live and work. This can be achieved by creating the right conditions for scaling up public transport – the further development of the Oude Lijn connection between Leiden and Dordrecht, for example. On the other hand, we need to connect people who are currently on welfare with new employment opportunities, by establishing a further education fund.’


2021 July 29

18:26 GTT appoints its new Chief Financial Officer
18:06 PGNiG terminates Port Arthur LNG agreement
17:54 FESCO, RZD Logistics and Nurminen Logistics launch regular intermodal service from Asia-Pacific countries to Finland via CPV
17:36 PGNiG Group expands its fleet of gas tankers
17:16 The Hebridean Princess returns to ABP’s Port of Cardiff
16:58 Okskaya Shipyard to build five tugboats of Project NE025 for Marine Rescue Service
16:42 Ever Given arrives to the port of Rotterdam
16:34 PGNiG to purchase more LNG from Venture Global LNG
16:17 Kalmar to deliver 12 straddle carriers to long-term partner Medcenter Container Terminal in Italy
15:56 New BIMCO/ICS Seafarer Workforce Report warns of serious potential officer shortage
15:11 Railway traffic launched through the second Baikal tunnel
14:48 Rosmorport's Petropavlovsk Branch takes part in exercises on maritime search and rescue of people
13:59 The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore forms Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation
13:15 Hydrographic Company to hold auction for construction of Arc7 hydrographic ship
12:37 Baltiysk ferry meets ISM Code requirements
12:13 Sembcorp Marine bags 24 Workplace Safety and Health Awards
11:46 Ongoing travel restrictions continue to impact Tallink Grupp financial results in Q2 2021
11:08 MARAD awards vessel acquisition management contract to Crowley
10:43 Rosmorport’s tugboats assisted sailing boat Pallada mooring in Egvekinot and Provideniya ports
10:08 Thun Tankers announces the launching of product tanker Thun Empower
10:00 British Ports Association welcomes the resumption of international cruise in England
09:35 Baltic Dry Index as of July 28
09:18 SCHOTTEL to deliver a total of ten rudder propellers and two transverse thrusters to Sanmar Shipyards
09:09 Crude oil prices rise on reduction of US reserves
08:00 Verifavia shipping highlights widespread confusion over EEXI technical parameters
07:55 Drewry launches shipmanager Steering Group to power vessel opex benchmarking

2021 July 28

18:20 NOVATEK announces consolidated IFRS results for Q2 and H1 of 2021
18:01 New BIMCO/ICS Seafarer Workforce Report warns of serious potential officer shortage
17:09 PSA & ONE team up to enhance sustainability and reduce maritime environmental footprint
16:28 ECSA and ETF welcome WHO decision to prioritise seafarers’ vaccination
16:03 Rosmorrechflot supports the International Conference “Development of Icebreaking and Support Fleet”
15:42 ERMA FIRST adds world’s smallest ballast water treatment system to product range
15:18 DCT Gdańsk and the Port of Gdańsk enter a new era of container handling on the Baltic Sea
14:51 Oleg Shakhmardanov appointed as head of FSBI Moscow Canal
14:10 MAN wins the world-first order for methanol engine within container segment
13:56 Amursky Shipyard should enter the APR markets – Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin
13:14 Norcod finalizes transfer of 2.4 million fish into sea phase
12:55 Captain Guryev, rescue vessel of RF Navy's Black Sea Fleet passed the Suez Canal
12:32 Onezhsky Shipyard to get first federal tranche of RUB 1.3 billion for creation of ‘digital shipyard’ this year
12:13 DNV backs crew change programme in South East Asia
11:10 Firth of Forth proposed as Scotland’s Green Port
10:38 The Port of Gdansk welcoms the first cruise ship of the season
10:10 Andrey Severilov re-elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of FESCO
10:03 Haldor Topsoe and Yanchang form joint venture and build methanol catalyst facility in China
09:47 FESCO held repeated Annual General Meeting of Shareholders
09:28 Crude oil prices rise on reduction of US reserves
09:12 Baltic Dry Index as of July 28
09:05 Neal elected Long Beach Harbor Commission President
08:59 Seanergy announces delivery of one Capesize vessel and new bank loan facility

2021 July 27

18:34 Port of Kaohsiung wins International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) 2021 Award
18:16 Port Houston launches business equity program
17:56 The UK’s most eastern port welcomes the maiden call of Noble Caledonia’s flagship vessel
17:36 ONE offers free transportation of oxygen tanks to India to fight the COVID-19
17:06 Pilbara Ports Authority launches its annual Recreational Vessel Safety Campaign
16:42 Carbon Trust to support BEIS in development and demonstration of innovative floating offshore wind technologies for the UK
16:14 Cargo Integrity Group calls for risk-based measures to prevent pest contamination
16:03 Passengers travelling via the Port of Helsinki should prepare for occasional congestion
15:33 APM Terminals Mobile targets Midwest supply chains
15:02 MOL jointly develops new energy-saving sail to boost ship propulsion
14:42 ICTSI South Pacific starts bulk coffee operations