‘Little pilot, big ships’: Skill, experience guide harbor pilot as she navigates Tampa Bay

Source: 83media.com

It’s one day after a full moon. The sea sparkles as a harbor pilot boat from Port Tampa Bay takes a 45-minute ride into the Gulf of Mexico at 3 a.m.

The pilot works an immensely important job, guiding huge ships under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, up Tampa Bay, past Davis Islands, and through Seddon Channel — this day in the dark with only the moon to light the way while most of Tampa sleeps.

It’s a job that Pilot Carolyn Kurtz works with grace and a demeanor that perhaps only a woman can, a guardian of international ships coming into Tampa’s downtown.

Kurtz is the first and only female harbor pilot working in Tampa waters; she’s an expert at navigating the massive loads of 

Carolyn Kurtz climbs onto a bulk cargo ship, part of her daily duties as a harbor pilot.cargo past other marine traffic, lighthouses, tiny islands, and sea creatures — all dependent on the tide and the weather.

On this clear night in June with an 83 Degrees Media journalist tagging along, the harbor pilot boat pulls right up alongside an 857-foot Chinese shipping container, longer than Tampa’s tallest building by almost 300 feet.

A Chinese crew worker tosses a rope ladder over the massive ship’s edge down to Kurtz. The two boats move together with the sea. She reaches up carefully, wearing specially made gloves, grasping one hand onto the rope, releasing the other hand from the handrail of the pilot boat. This one transitional move between boats is potentially fatal with the threat of being crushed between ships and tossed about in the air and on the sea. Yet she’s done it thousands of times to help bring in America’s everyday supplies, from Brazilian orange juice to pineapples to fuel and furniture from far away places like China, Japan, Israel, and Switzerland.

“You always have to be careful,” Kurtz says. “It’s dangerous. Transitioning is the most dangerous part.”

Safely on board

She arrives on the ship to scents from the Far East, coupled with the familiar smell of the sea. Words on the elevator are written in Chinese, and artwork adorning the ship’s interior gives glimpses of China. The crew of more than two dozen men on a ship that moves 3,000 containers around the world offers her and her guest a choice of steaming pots of green tea or coffee.

“Ninety percent of everything we own comes from China,” Kurtz says, referencing a book she read.

Twenty-one of the crew members are asleep, while four follow Kurtz’s commands as they and their ship arrive in Tampa Bay. The men have been out at sea for 63 days before entering the Gulf of Mexico, traveling from Mumbai to Shanghai, through the Panama Canal to Houston and, finally, reaching Tampa.

Yang Yi Jun, the captain aboard the ship says Kurtz is only the 2nd female pilot he’s ever encountered, the first being Nancy Wagner in San Francisco.

Harbor Pilot Carolyn Kurtz carefully guides a Chinese ship into Port Tampa Bay.Kurtz and Wagner are among the first of 10 female harbor pilots in the United States (only one other works in Florida) and responsible for the safe navigation of cargo ships, tankers, cruise ships, and other international vessels. 

When Kurtz was young, captains often were surprised and sometimes weren’t happy when she boarded their ships. According to ancient traditions, it was considered bad luck to have women aboard a ship, let alone navigate them.

“Being a female harbor pilot is more normalized these days,” she says.

Kurtz started as a chief mate in 1992. She was in her late-20s. There were no female captains back then.

Then Wagner became the first U.S. female captain, breaking the proverbial glass ceiling. Wagner, an inspiration to Kurtz, graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in New York, the same school from which Kurtz later graduated. Wagner became a pilot in 1990, working San Francisco Bay. Kurtz started training to be a pilot in 1995 and has been doing it ever since.

Earning respect

Today Kurtz oozes competence and confidence, and rarely faces a challenge she can’t handle. She has moved ships more than 3,700 times in 24 years working as a harbor pilot.

While it rarely happens these days, there have been occasions over her career in which she has received less-than-a-warm
reception for being female. 

“One captain just didn’t understand why I wasn’t at home having babies,” she says. 

View from inside the engine room of the ship navigated by Carolyn Kurtz.

She thought to herself, ‘That’s pretty risky insulting your pilot before we get to the dock,’ but she shrugs it off.

“I have a ship to drive,” she says. “It’s not my problem; the drama, the issues, the mindset.” She focuses on the task at hand.

“A big part of the job is putting the captain at ease,” she says. “Even if he’s not receptive, I’m what he’s got. Trust is vital, especially in case of emergencies.”

Because she’s been at it so long, many captains know her well, admire her ability to pilot their ships through tricky seas without incident, and thus welcome her aboard with friendly greetings. Some even extend a brotherly hug. They’ve known her for years.

“We greet like old friends,” Kurtz says.

One crew of 36 men, affectionally say to her, “Little Pilot, Big Ship,” when she arrives on board.

The camaraderie is a global connection that Kurtz enjoys seeing among various countries working together to bring vessels in safely.

“I like meeting people from all over, and eating food from everywhere,” Kurtz says. “I get to travel without leaving home.”

She’s been offered orange juice from Brazil, food from India, Thailand, Italy, the Americas, Turkey, Greece, Russia, and the Philippines, all on ships making their journey into Tampa from international waters. 

Love for Tampa 

Kurtz moved to Tampa in 1992, when Florida was more provincial, less sophisticated than bigger cities.

Harbor Pilot Carolyn Kurtz off-duty.“Many of the locals seemed more real here, less transient than in other beach communities,” Kurtz says about Tampa. “This felt more like a real city.”

She loves the walkability of the Hyde Park neighborhood in South Tampa, and the mostly favorable weather year-round. “I’ve always felt more at home here,” she says.

She also expresses a love for Tampa’s port, that it’s a long port (as in distance to the Gulf), which means working a long shift, allowing her to focus on navigating one ship per day, versus multiple. She likes that the port offers more variety, navigating past islands and under the Skyway.

Into the harbor

Back onboard the Chinese vessel, a Panama Canal light flickers at the edge of another boat as it approaches. Kurtz gives numerical commands to the captain from China, Yang Yi Jun.

“Cosco Istanbul is now approaching Egmont Key,” she says. “Heading to the Skyway bridge at 4:40 a.m., with a 30-foot clearing under the Skyway.”

It’s a smooth ride under the Skyway in the largest shipping container at 

A Chinese container ship guided by Harbor Pilot Carolyn Kurtz glides under the Skyway Bridge with a 30-foot clearing.sea. They glide under the majestic glowing lines of a lit-up Skyway bridge before sunrise. She sometimes describes the job as “moving the beast,” truly a guardian at sea.

The captain then relays commands given by the pilot to his crew. International law requires someone who can speak English on the crew of every ship.

The sun rises on one side as the full moon sets on the other. Small tugboats let off black hazy clouds of smoke and fumes while pulling and pushing and stopping the massive ship.

“Dead stow ahead,” she commands. The ship’s captain repeats her orders to his crew.

“Stop the engine,” she says.

The captain again repeats her commands to his crew.

They dock at the Port of Tampa Container Terminal without error. It’s almost 7 a.m.

“I have job satisfaction,” Kurtz says. “Every successful transit just feels really good, especially when you move in a big beast like that, and you land gently, and the captain is happy.”

Voyage home 

There are times after docking and exiting a ship, she says, when she looks up and is really taken aback by the vessel’s massive size. 

A portion of the container ship docked by Carolyn Kurtz.”Wow, that’s a really big ship,” she thinks and sighs, grateful to be stepping back on land.

There, Cab Driver Bill Radcliff hangs out at the Port to pick up pilots to take them back to their cars to go home after their journeys. He pulls up alongside Kurtz as she stands near one of the largest ships Tampa receives.

“Most of the crew members say she’s one of the most professional of the whole group,” he says. 

He shares a story about Kurtz he heard from a helmsman.

“She comes on board, and she takes over,” the helmsman said. “I’m not complaining. I appreciate that she does that. Well, that’s what she’s supposed to do.” 

A different kind of pilot

She’s careful not to come across as arrogant, or uncompromising, even under extra tense situations.

“Women get the job done as effectively — if not more than men — by not trying to act like men doing the job,” she says. “I’m a big believer in ‘please’ and ‘thank you,’ and very seldom raise my voice on a ship. It’s not an effective way to get what you want. It’s better to be polite and respectful, and not overbearing on ships.”

Beyond piloting massive ships, Kurtz also knits, crochets, and makes jewelry. “I’m sorta crafty,” she says.

How to make shipping environmentally friendly

July 19, 2019 – 06:18 Source: Sciencenordic

Article from Gemini, NTNU Trondheim – Norwegian University of Science and Technology

We need to cut both global and local emissions from shipping. The picture is complex, but research is showing that there are many ways to meet this goal.

Toralf Hamstad tests a new hull in the ship model tank at SINTEF in Trondheim, Norway. (Photo: Thor Nielsen)

Shipping is the most efficient way of moving goods around the world, in terms of energy consumption per unit transported, but there is still a great deal to be gained by making shipping more environmentally friendly.

Emissions from international shipping come to around 1.2 billion tonnes of CO2  a year, which is equal to 2 – 3 per cent of total global emissions. If measures are not taken, these emissions will rise, probably by 50 – 250 per cent in the course of the next 30 years, according to the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

The UN’s shipping industry agency intends to reverse this trend. It aims to halve emissions by 2050 and then to continue working towards zero emissions as rapidly as possible.

“Climate targets differ, depending on whom you ask, but the fact that it is the IMO that is setting such ambitious goals is a positive sign, because it is in a position to have a global effect. Whatever it decides applies to every country in the world,” says SINTEF Ocean research manager Anders Valland.

Drastic measures needed NOW!

“Given that ships are in service for 20 – 30 years, drastic measures will have to be put in place now if we are to meet the IMO’s goals by 2050, but the picture is complex,” says Valland.

“One major challenge is that the competitivity of shipping companies is based more on finance than the climate. It costs a lot to prioritise environmental measures when new vessels are being built, while other companies may be holding out until the cost of newbuildings falls. The market is extremely competitive, and it is by no means obvious that going in for climate-friendly technology will give you an advantage. The incentives are quite simply not great enough,” says the SINTEF scientist.

Moreover, since the consumers of sea-borne products are relatively distant in market terms from the actors in the freight sector, they have only a limited ability to influence this situation.

“The shipping companies are dependent on a value being placed on how they act. Unfortunately, it doesn’t help much today to operate extremely low-emission vessels if this raises costs by 10 per cent.”

In practice, total emissions will have to be reduced by 75 per cent

In 2016, SINTEF Ocean launched the Smart Maritime Centre for Research-based Innovation (SFI), a major research project that is looking at what needs to be done to make vessels more energy-efficient, and to reduce pollutiion, while simultaneously making the Norwegian shipping sector more competitive.It is easy to forget local emissions, which of course it is incredibly important to do someting about. Here, the distance to consumers is often shorter. The incentives for ferries and cruise ships to operate in an environmentally friendly way, for example, is greater.Researcher Vnders Valland (SINTEF)

“Since 1970, we have managed to improve energy efficiency by 1.5 per cent every year, but during the same period, the transport sector has grown by an annual 2 – 3 per cent. So in spite of the progress we have made, total fuel consumption has actually increased. This means that if we are to reach our goal of halving emissions by 2050, every single vessel in the fleet will have to reduce its emissions by almost 75 per cent,” says project manager Valland.

This is also reflected in the IMO’s ambition to reduce CO2 emissions from transport (i.e. emissions per tonne-nautical mile carried) by at least 40 per cent by 2040 and 70 per cent by 2050.

“If we are to do this, we cannot simply concentrate all our efforts on fuel consumption. We must take a wider view, by looking at ships as one component of the transportation system. That will enable us to address the problem by examining how we can reduce the overall energy consumption of the transport system. Our point of departure is that we can cut fuel consumption by 25 per cent and also make a difference by improving hull designs to make them 25 per cent more efficient, and that it is possible to improve the efficiency of vessel operation by 25 per cent. In practice, the relative savings made by each of these measures may well turn out to be somewhat different once we have studied the problem in more detail. For example, we could look at how we can reduce the time that ships spend in port, or at how to optimise the load capacity of individual vessels,” says Valland.

The research project is currently performing case studies based on these three areas.

The largest vessels are responsible for most emissions

“It is obvious that the most important way towards achieving IMO’s aims will be to look at solutions for the largest vessels. In terms of numbers, they make up ony one third of the global merchant fleet, but they are responsible for as much as 80 per cent of its fuel consumption,” points out Valland.

At the same time, he is keen to emphasise the importance of not only focusing on greenhouse gas emissions.

“It is easy to forget local emissions, which of course it is incredibly important to do someting about. Here, the distance to consumers is often shorter. The incentives for ferries and cruise ships to operate in an environmentally friendly way, for example, is greater.”

SINTEF Ocean is running a number of research studies of solutions aimed at the Norwegian shipping fleet, which for the most part consists of medium-sized vessels.

“We have a number of projects that are studying how batteries and hydrogen can be used to reduce fuel consumption. This will be of great importance at local level, but at the moment it is largely a Norwegian phenomenon,” finishes Valland.Country Norway

Lifting 20,000t on water

Source: Cranes Today 17 July 2019 


The world’s biggest semi-submersible crane vessel (SSCV) is set to blaze a trail when it enters into service in the coming months, armed with the strongest pair of revolving cranes for offshore oil, gas and renewable energy installation and decommissioning jobs.

Named after the Norse God Odin’s eight-legged stallion and newly completed at Sembcorp Marine’s Tuas Boulevard Yard for owner Heerema Marine Contractors, SSCV Sleipnir has a 220m by 102m reinforced deck area, making it the largest crane vessel to be built.

The vessel also has two 10,000t revolving cranes, which can lift loads of up to 20,000t in tandem. Heerema Marine Contractors said no other existing crane vessel has this capability.

Sleipnir can accommodate 400 persons and will be deployed globally for installing and removing jackets, topsides, deep-water foundations, moorings and other offshore structures.

“Importantly, with its singlelift capability catering to larger integrated structures than previously possible, Sleipnir will minimise offshore assembly work and raise operational efficiency to a new level, while not compromising the flexibility and robustness of traditional installation methodologies,” said Heerema Marine Contractors.

The vessel further stands out as the world’s first crane vessel with dual-fuel engines running on Marine Gas Oil (MGO) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). Coupled with an IMO- and US Coast Guard-approved ballast water management system, Sleipnir will operate sustainably across all environmental jurisdictions.

Heerema has already secured contracts to deploy the vessel in various offshore energy developments, including: Leviathan topsides installation in the Mediterranean Sea; Tyra jackets and topsides installation and removal in the Danish North Sea; Brae B jackets and topsides removal in the UK North Sea; as well as transportation and installation of the Hollandse Kust Zuid (HKZ) Alpha HVAC platform in the North Sea, off the Dutch coast.

In the offshore wind sector, Heerema sees a significant growth in the size of wind turbines and foundations, which requires specialised equipment for their installation. With its large cranes capable of a 175m lifting height and a combined 20,000t lifting capacity, Sleipnir is very well placed to accommodate this trend of increasingly bigger offshore wind turbines.

AIS to get an upgrade

AIS must have Aug17 Our position and track in red, other yachts tracking in blue.

The Maritime Executive

AIS has made it far easier for navigators to identify vessel movements for collision avoidance, and it has made shipping far more transparent by enabling worldwide vessel tracking services. The industry has grown since AIS rolled out in the early 2000s, and a much-needed update is on the way: VHF Data Exchange System, or VDES, which will incorporate AIS plus several valuable new functions. 

VDES will operate in VHF frequencies adjacent to the existing AIS channel, and will use a different network protocol to increase its throughput capacity. This will boost the system’s capacity for ship-to-ship, ship-to-shore, ship-to-satellite and virtual ATON applications, eliminating the network limitations that affect high-traffic areas today. It will have up to 30 times more bandwidth, which will also give it more capacity for sharing weather forecasts, alerts and other data packets that are a bit too large for AIS.

VDES is also expected to increase navigation data security by adding access control and authentication features for AIS radio traffic. Since it is authenticated, it could be used to provide warning in the event of GNSS jamming and spoofing, according to Johan Lindborg, project manager for marine and defense tech company Saab. Saab is already working on type approval for a VDES-capable AIS base station, with an upgrade path for full VDES available by 2021 – about the same time that the new protocol is expected to enter into operation. 

VDES may also incorporate a dedicated channel for two-way VHF ship-to-satellite communications, which could be used to share ice routes, weather updates or GNSS status reports, among other uses. The International Telecommunication Union will consider setting aside a channel for this purpose at a meeting in November. 

The new protocol could also provide the backbone for a backup positioning system in the event of GNSS spoofing or jamming. Researchers from the German Aerospace Center are now testing a new terrestrial navigation system, R-Mode, which leverages existing radionavigation transciever stations on shore (DGNSS reference stations and AIS base stations) to transmit timed positioning signals. Since the cost of implementation is low relative to a full-fledged, purpose-built system like eLoran, R-Mode is a promising way to bring resiliency to e-navigation, according to IALA.

SUNRISE IN ROTTERDAM

After a windy day, on june 9th traffic resumed at 03:00 with many outbound ships sailing to sea from the Port of Rotterdam. The 304 meter long MAERSK KOBE was one of the many ships moving to sea at that early time. We sailed from Maasvlakte 2 and passed through the Yangtzekanaal, befor heading to the breakwaters at sunrise.

Disembarkation of the MAERSK KOBE . Picture by Rotterdam Pilot Wim van Buuren
Disembarkation of the MAERSK KOBE . Picture by Rotterdam Pilot Wim van Buuren

In Wolf’s Clothing: Seawolf’s transformation from oceangoing tug to luxury yacht

Source: Superyachttimes.com

22 May 2019 16:00 Fleet MarketWritten by Georgia Tindale

Seawolf yacht cruising

Out of a superyacht fleet spanning 4,981 yachts currently in operation, there are those vessels with stories behind them which are truly remarkable. And, when you’re listening to a story beginning with ‘Once upon a time’, it’s always the Big Bad Wolf that sticks in your mind.

Seawolf yacht aerial

One yacht whose tale has always been worthy of telling is the 58.83-metre motor yacht Seawolf. Built by J & K Smits Scheepswerven N/V in the Netherlands in 1957 as the steel tugboat Clyde, she underwent conversion works to transform her into a unique expedition superyacht. The work was done in Astilleros de Mallorca between 1998 and 2004. But this is not just any superyacht: Seawolf’origins as an oceangoing tug set the groundwork enabling her conversion to a truly ‘go-anywhere’ expedition superyacht, and allowing the next chapter of her life to begin. 

Seawolf yacht cruising

We open the book of Seawolf back in 1957, where this fascinating part of yachting history began. Once upon a time, Seawolf was originally commissioned by the now-defunct shipyard J & K Smits in Kinderdijk in the south of the Netherlands, to a design by Dr J. A. C Hoogenbosch. Originally built as Clyde and joined the company’s fleet of seagoing tugs which had been built to similar designs and named after famous rivers, including Clyde’s namesake: the second-longest river in Scotland.

Seawolf yacht deck

Clyde’s only sister ship, Elbe came into the world two years later in 1959. Both boats began their hardworking careers as tugs, towing flattops from the US to Belgium and Japan, cargo ships to scrap yards and drilling platforms to various destinations all around the world. All this labour was made possible by Clyde’s two Smit-MAN six-cylinder, four-stroke diesel main engines generating 1390 horsepower each. Seawolf still makes the most of these original engines during her world-cruising expeditions today. Boasting a top speed of 13 knots, a cruising speed of 10 knots and range of 9,600 nautical miles at economical speed. 

Seawolf yacht side deck

This first chapter in Clyde’s career came to a close in 1977 when she was sold to Matsas Salvage. She worked for 13 years at the salvage company in Greece until she was bought by a German towage enthusiast and gifted her the lupine name, Seawolfe. In 1998, it was all to change again. and a Greek owner based in the Caribbean took a shine to Seawolfe. He made the biggest decision in her career: to convert Seawolf from a tugboat into a luxury yacht. 

Seawolf yacht anchored

Maintaining her distinctive and rugged tug outline, Seawolfe’s transformation took five years of hard grafting. The work was completed at the Astilleros shipyard in Palma and resulted in a stunning and utterly unique superyacht at the other side. The vessel’s tough exterior designed by Bob Hoghton hid a new, luxurious interior. Designed by Renato Parla Piano it was full of elegant details and clever design elements. Carrying the names Seawolfe C and Dolce Far Niente later on in her career, her name was finally shortened to Seawolf when her current Canadian owner, Mike Potter, bought her in 2008.

Seawolf yacht dining room

Thanks to Potter’s care to keep Seawolf in excellent condition through numerous refit works. During the most recent, in 2016, she underwent a complete repaint and rebuild of her main engines. Nowadays, she has all the amenities and qualities one could expect from any of the world’s most exclusive superyachts. 

Seawolf yacht pool

Accommodating 13 guests across six generous staterooms comprised of two double VIP guests, a double guest with ensuite, a double with an additional single bed and ensuite and two twins with ensuites.

Seawolf yacht saloon

She boasts a separate owner’s deck with full-beam cabin, private study and pantry. The 14 crew are at home across eight staterooms. Exploration yachts don’t get much more serious than Seawolf thanks to her long range, ice-strengthened hull, excellent fuel efficiency and ABS class-status. 

Seawolf yacht stateroom

This extraordinary vessel has sailed to some of the world’s most remote and beautiful spots over the past decade. She has seen Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands and enjoyed adventures in locations as diverse as French Polynesia, Fiji, Indonesia, Istanbul, Ireland, the Dominican Republic and New Zealand. Her owner, Canadian tech entrepreneur and avid pilot Mike Potter, is now ready to pass her on to new hands for the start of the next chapter of her story.

Seawolf yacht stateroom

To this end, Seawolf is now on the market exclusively with Fraser. Offered at an asking price of $9,900,000, with the highly-experienced sales broker Jody O’Brien – who has been at the company for 25 years. In addition, Seawolf is commercially compliant, with her five-year ABS out of water survey completed in March 2019. All who know the origins of this remarkable boat will be following closely and waiting anxiously to see who will continue their story with this truly remarkable yacht.

Seawolf yacht anchored

For more information about Seawolf, contact her broker directly using the details below.

Fraser 

1800 Southeast 10th Avenue
Suite 400
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Jody O’Brien
T: +1 954 463 0600
M: +1 954 646 4970

jody.obrien@fraseryachts.com

Seawolf yacht sundeck
Seawolf yacht cruising

Timelapse Clip: ONE MINATO to RWG, Port of Rotterdam

The containerships of ONE are one of a kind, simply because they are pink. Join the Rotterdam pilot on an inbound voyage from sea to Maasvlakte 2, and see things from his perspective. This giant of the seas , ONE MINATO, measures 365 meters in length and draws almost 14 meters deep. Assisted by three KOTUG-SMIT tugboats Schelde, Rebel and Innovation, she was piloted to Rotterdam World Gateway terminal at Maasvlakte 2, port of Rotterdam.

Special thanks to the excellent master and very professional crew of ONE MINATO !

Oceanco Acquires the Heerema Zwijndrecht Construction Facilities

Source: PRNewswire

ALBLASSERDAM, Netherlands, May 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Oceanco is pleased to announce that it has acquired the premises of Heerema Zwijndrecht as part of the company’s long-term initiative for growth, expansion, and consolidation of its construction activities. Intrinsic to Oceanco’s vision for increased efficiency, these new facilities will be a hub that will allow numerous co-makers to physically set up offices alongside the construction works, encouraging maximum synergy and co-maker alignment among all parties.

Oceanco acquires the Heerema Zwijndrecht construction facilities (PRNewsfoto/Oceanco)
Oceanco acquires the Heerema Zwijndrecht construction facilities (PRNewsfoto/Oceanco)

The new Oceanco premises encompass 28 acres of construction facilities. The main area, which is 570m X 200m: (approx 114.000 square meters) includes administration offices and conference rooms, construction facilities, outfit facilities, a piping shop, paint facilities, and sandblasting facilities.

The construction and outfitting facilities will be utilised in several different ways: 

  1. The entire Phase 1 of construction works for new builds will take place here. 
  2. The enhanced space will allow for the maintenance, refit and lifetime extension activities of the Oceanco fleet as well as provide the ability to do outside refit work. The Outfit facilities measure 38m high X 132m long  X 50m wide. With these generous dimensions, Oceanco will be able to handle the widest spectrum of refit work for all types of superyachts from around the world with the added benefit of expert work taking place with the yachts being fully under cover.    
  3. The acquisition fits into Oceanco’s greater forward-thinking strategy, to create an infrastructure where numerous companies servicing the superyacht industry can come together. The idea is for the premises to be utilised as a co-maker’s superyacht brain park where diverse companies will have their offices and workshops in one area and work side by side with the ability to share knowledge and expertise. 
  4. As part of this superyacht hub, Oceanco is planning the creation of an educational campus for technical training and education across different superyacht- related disciplines to foster cross-pollination among companies. With experts in their respective fields leading the training,  Oceanco feels that industry standards can be brought to the highest level possible and also ensure a qualified workforce for future builds.

As the construction facilities are also located in the Drechtsteden region, approximately 10km down river from Oceanco’s outfitting facilities, commuting and transport will be able to flow freely and conveniently between the two facilities both via motorway and waterway. Thenewfacilities are looking forwardto receiving two 100 meter plus Oceanco’s before the end of the year. 

The Netherlands has long been a region that is known for its innovation in the larger maritime sector. Drechtsteden is considered the center of the Maritime Industry and is known for its skilled construction of oil platforms, offshore facilities, and more. There has been an ongoing initiative in the area for propogating economic and sustainable opportunities in a circular economy which is intended to lead to cost savings, innovation, job creation and a more sensible use of energy and raw materials. Oceanco is taking a leadership role in creating a platform for similar benefits in the superyacht sector. 

www.builtbyoceanco.com