Maritime Awards Gala 2015
Five of the most important national maritime awards for shipping companies, shipyards, students, designers and suppliers have been presented during the Maritime Awards Gala 2015. The awards were handed out in the presence of over 850 guests in a sold-out RDM Rotterdam complex. Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment Melanie Schultz van Haegen gave the keynote speech: “It is our exceptional knowledge that keeps us among the global leaders.” The Gala also marked the official start of the Maritime Week, which puts the spotlight on the maritime sector.
The Maritime Designer Award was presented to Victor Verhulst for his ‘underwater lounge’ for luxury yachts. Lieutenant Kevin Stouten won the Van Hengel-Spengler Award from the Royal Navy for his research into cylindrical containers to carry the equipment of special forces on the exterior of submarines. Hull Vane BV was awarded the Maritime Innovation Award with the Hull Vane, a ‘reversed underwater spoiler’ that results in fuel savings of between ten and twenty per cent. KOTUG was presented with the KVNR Shipping Award for its two new hybrid Rotortug tugboats, and the KNVTS Ship of the Year Award went to the Maintenance Support Walk-to-Work Vessel Kroonborg built by Royal Niestern Sander.