A retrospect on 2019
23 December 2019
Ports & terminals
Sustainability & Safety

A retrospect on 2019

Winter is coming. And that remains special for us every year. Where nature around us keeps hibernation and waits for the days to get longer, we continue to sail through large ice plains with our ice-strengthened ships. With Christmas on the horizon, it's time to look back on 2019. With a continuous focus on safety, innovation and sustainability, Wagenborg maintains her reputation as the multipurpose short sea shipping company. As we move into 2020, here is a look back on some stories that moved our company last year.


On January 2nd the m.v. Virginiaborg was the first ocean-going vessel to reach the port of Montréal without a stopover in 2019. The port of Montréal preserved a long-standing tradition: the captain of the first ocean-going vessel to reach the dock at the start of each new is awarded with a precious prize: the golden cane.


The seagoing tug Waterman has towed the hull of the Eastern Rock from the Polish port of Szczecin to the Netherlands via the Kiel Canal. Upon arrival at IJmuiden – under agency of Wagenborg - the 60 BPt tug, was assisted by the Waterstad, another Wagenborg tug.


As of March 27th, the crew transfer vessel (CTV) Waterlines will get a second life within the Wagenborg Group. The CTV, previously owned and managed by Wagenborg Towage, is added to the fleet of Wagenborg Passenger Services and will serve as an express ferry.


Wagenborg Shipping is pleased to announce her ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 have been renewed until 2022. Wagenborg Shipping is audited and certified by Lloyd’s Register.


The construction of the second EasyMax has started at shipyard Royal Niestern Sander. This new multipurpose vessel was ordered recently and is expected to be delivered and put into operation next year.


Wagenborg sets the next step to reduce emissions by investigating the use of renewable methanol as a transport fuel.

After almost 20 years of loyal service m.v. ‘Schieborg’ and m.v. ‘Slingeborg’ have been sold and delivered to their new owner AB DFDS Seaways.


Smurfit Kappa Piteå and Wagenborg Shipping signed a new long term contract for the shipping of kraftliner from Piteå to the continent.


Wagenborg Offshore, Shell and NAM donated USD 2.500 each to the UMCG Beatrix Children's Hospital and East Anglia's Children's Hospices.


Royal Wagenborg has successfully completed five polar voyages simultaneously with her ice-strenghtened vessels Amazoneborg, Thamesborg and Atlanticborg.


Since the Ballast Water Management Convention went into force in September last year, various vessels in the Wagenborg fleet have been equipped with a ballast water management system. With a recent order, eight vessels will be added to this list: Maasborg, Dagna, Westborg, Sydborg, Marietje Nora, Marietje Marsilla, Terschelling and Vlieland.


On November 29th Wagenborg was invited to the Waterborne transport conference in Brussels to join a panel about zero emission shipping. Theo Klimp, fleet director at Wagenborg Shipping and KVNR board member, has reflected on three questions; what do we want to achieve, what did we contribute already and what will we contribute, what other interventions are needed and by whom.


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