Royal Niestern Sander’s Maintenance Support Walk-to-Work Vessel ‘Kroonborg’ has won the KNVST Ship of the Year Award. On November 2nd, this prize was presented during the Maritime Awards Gala. This gala is also the official start of the Maritime Week, showcasing the maritime sector.

The Ship of the Year Award is an initiative of the Royal Dutch Society of Maritime Technicians (KNVTS) to demonstrate the innovative power of the Dutch shipbuilding industry. This prestigious award is  presented annually to a technically innovative vessel,  designed and  built for the main part in the Netherlands.

Royal Niestern Sander, Royal Wagenborg en end-user NAM/Shell are proud  to have won this award. Jan Doorduin, Managing Director Royal Niestern Sander: “For us winning this award is really an affirmation that shipbuilding can boost innovations and integrate them from clear functional objectives and an optimal, goal- oriented cooperation. Kroonborg proves this: a vessel performing better than expected; designed and built by our Dutch manufacturing industry".

With the Maintenance Support Walk-to-Work Vessel Kroonborg, a new standard  is introduced to the offshore industry. Kroonborg is the result of  thorough research and design in   close cooperation between shipbuilder, client, end-user and various suppliers. “Kroonborg is like a Swiss army knife at sea for NAM. We are able to execute various activities with the vessel on unmanned production platforms in the Southern North Sea. Kroonborg enables our employees to reach the platforms in a comfortable manner, where they can execute their work and thus in a safe and very efficient way”, explains Ante Frens, deputy director NAM. “But the vessel’s unique concept is not only suitable for the oil and gas industry. Also the offshore wind industry can benefit from this type of vessel”, concludes Jan Doorduin. 

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