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As a global maritime contractor, Van Oord focuses on dredging, oil & gas infrastructure and offshore wind. Marine ingenuity is Van Oord’s signature and the foundation of our success. It is the spark that lights the spirit of our professionals.

For the first time in history, an exhibition dedicated to the offshore sector is held in the Netherlands. The Maritime Museum in Rotterdam has the honour to be the first to immerse their visitors into the world of offshore energy. As a major contractor in the dredging and offshore energy markets, Van Oord strongly believes in the importance of the Maritime Museum. Besides being a close business partner, Van Oord is also one of the founding partners of the Offshore Experience.

experience a constant
changing industry
Go offshore
Social involvement

Infinite support
The exhibition has attracted strong support from the commercial sector. Marjan van Loon, President-Director of Shell Netherlands, opened the exhibition on 16 December 2016. Over 45 companies from the offshore sector, plus a large number of other organisations, are financing two-thirds of the project, as well as contributing knowledge and items for the collection. Van Oord is one of the founding partners of the 

Game changer
The Offshore Experience of the Maritime Museum is a game changer in the world of maritime museums. Not only has the museum developed the exhibition, it is also expanding the limits of Dutch maritime heritage by adding offshore to its collection policy. 

Why hold this exhibition in the Netherlands, you might ask. Although often unknown among society, offshore energy is a major industry in the Dutch market. Unknown and sometimes even unloved, but that’s all about to change. The exhibition provides visitors an insight into Holland’s modern-day maritime prowess and involves them in the search for both renewable and fossil energy sources. 

exhibition and a 1:100 scale model of Van Oord’s offshore installation vessel Aeolus is now part of the museum’s collection.

The Maritime Museum is carrying out extensive research into the history of the offshore sector in collaboration with the Erasmus University and it is developing an innovative course in terms of technology education and project funding.

Educational opportunities
The Offshore Experience offers an excellent opportunity for primary, secondary and vocational education. It is also the foundation of a new educational programme on technology within the museum. This programme aligns with the National Technology Pact 2020, an agreement under which the Dutch government and social partners are setting out a long-term approach for increasing the numbers of technically skilled professionals.

Inspiring the youth

‘The offshore industry is moving forward and the acceleration of the energy transition is a key priority,’ states Joep Athmer, Managing Director at Van Oord Offshore. ‘With our involvement in offshore wind projects, such as Borssele III and IV in the Netherlands and Norther in Belgium, we aim to make offshore wind a common form of sustainable energy.’ As a future-minded contractor, Van Oord strongly believes in the importance of building a network and an industry cluster that endeavours this goal.

A typical Dutch proverb says: “learned young is done old”. That’s why Van Oord was very excited about the development of this exhibition from the very first moment. Joep: ‘The Offshore Experience is important for the education of the next generation and therefore the offshore industry. Stimulating the enthusiasm of children and students about working in the offshore energy sector is what Van Oord tries to achieve. With exhibitions like the Offshore Experience, we realise these ambitions.’ 

‘The next generation’

Regardless your age, the Offshore Experience offers you the chance to join a challenging search for energy at sea. Wearing a safety vest and helmet, you experience what it is like to be on an offshore platform in the middle of the sea. A lift takes you down to a mysterious undersea world, from just below the surface to a depth of 3 kilometres. The adventure ends in the future, where you vote for the best sustainable idea for producing energy at sea. Because getting sea legs takes a while, the Offshore Experience will be updated once a year, making sure visitors encounter new experiences constantly at the Maritime Museum. The exhibition will last for seven years.

it yourself
Experience
Social involvement
Go offshore

For the first time in history, an exhibition dedicated to the offshore sector is held in the Netherlands. The Maritime Museum in Rotterdam has the honour to be the first to immerse their visitors into the world of offshore energy. As a major contractor in the dredging and offshore energy markets, Van Oord strongly believes in the importance of the Maritime Museum. Besides being a close business partner, Van Oord is also one of the founding partners of the Offshore Experience.

experience a constant
changing industry

Why hold this exhibition in the Netherlands, you might ask. Although often unknown among society, offshore energy is a major industry in the Dutch market. Unknown and sometimes even unloved, but that’s all about to change. The exhibition provides visitors an insight into Holland’s modern-day maritime prowess and involves them in the search for both renewable and fossil energy sources. 

Game changer
The Offshore Experience of the Maritime Museum is a game changer in the world of maritime museums. Not only has the museum developed the exhibition, it is also expanding the limits of Dutch maritime heritage by adding offshore to its collection policy. 

Infinite support
The exhibition has attracted strong support from the commercial sector. Marjan van Loon, President-Director of Shell Netherlands, opened the exhibition on 16 December 2016. Over 45 companies from the offshore sector, plus a large number of other organisations, are financing two-thirds of the project, as well as contributing knowledge and items for the collection. Van Oord is one of the founding partners of the 

exhibition and a 1:100 scale model of Van Oord’s offshore installation vessel Aeolus is now part of the museum’s collection.

The Maritime Museum is carrying out extensive research into the history of the offshore sector in collaboration with the Erasmus University and it is developing an innovative course in terms of technology education and project funding.

Educational opportunities
The Offshore Experience offers an excellent opportunity for primary, secondary and vocational education. It is also the foundation of a new educational programme on technology within the museum. This programme aligns with the National Technology Pact 2020, an agreement under which the Dutch government and social partners are setting out a long-term approach for increasing the numbers of technically skilled professionals.

Inspiring the youth
Experience
it yourself

Regardless your age, the Offshore Experience offers you the chance to join a challenging search for energy at sea. Wearing a safety vest and helmet, you experience what it is like to be on an offshore platform in the middle of the sea. A lift takes you down to a mysterious undersea world, from just below the surface to a depth of 3 kilometres. The adventure ends in the future, where you vote for the best sustainable idea for producing energy at sea. Because getting sea legs takes a while, the Offshore Experience will be updated once a year, making sure visitors encounter new experiences constantly at the Maritime Museum. The exhibition will last for seven years.

‘The next generation’

‘The offshore industry is moving forward and the acceleration of the energy transition is a key priority,’ states Joep Athmer, Managing Director at Van Oord Offshore. ‘With our involvement in offshore wind projects, such as Borssele III and IV in the Netherlands and Norther in Belgium, we aim to make offshore wind a common form of sustainable energy.’ As a future-minded contractor, Van Oord strongly believes in the importance of building a network and an industry cluster that endeavours this goal.

A typical Dutch proverb says: “learned young is done old”. That’s why Van Oord was very excited about the development of this exhibition from the very first moment. Joep: ‘The Offshore Experience is important for the education of the next generation and therefore the offshore industry. Stimulating the enthusiasm of children and students about working in the offshore energy sector is what Van Oord tries to achieve. With exhibitions like the Offshore Experience, we realise these ambitions.’