Italy Bans Two Dutch Migrant Rescue Vessels

by Philip Pullella (Reuters) A heated exchange erupted after interior minister Matteo Salvini told more foreign NGOs operating migrant rescue ships in the Mediterranean they could not dock in Italian ports. Salvini, who is also leader of the right-wing League and deputy prime minister, posted remarks on Facebook and Twitter in an escalating row with NGOs as one ship, … [Read more...]

SPOTD: A Creative Spark Moored At Sea

Today'eo Ship Photo Of The Day (SPOTD) features the BlueTEC Texel tidal energy platform. Taking just six months from the drawing board to realisation, the BlueTEC Texel tidal energy platform was installed in the summer of 2015 and is operating off the island of Texel in the Netherlands. The prototype is producing electricity from the tides into the local grid. BlueTEC … [Read more...]

Dutch River Cruise Evacuated After Ship “Sprung a Leak”

AMSTERDAM, June 22 (Reuters) - A cruise ship carrying 154 passengers and 40 crew was evacuated after it sprang a leak on a river in the eastern Netherlands early on Sunday morning, emergency services said. All the passengers, mostly pensioners from Germany and Austria, were safely helped off the 110-metre (360-foot) long Britannia and taken to shelters. The cause of the … [Read more...]

U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea Unenforceable as Dutch Hope to Free Greenpeace Activists

By Michael Hogan HAMBURG, Nov 6 (Reuters) - The Netherlands asked an international court on Wednesday to order Russia to release 30 people detained during a Greenpeace protest against oil drilling in the Arctic at a tribunal Moscow refused to attend. Dutch government representative Liesbeth Lijnzaad said Russia had "violated the human rights" of the activists who tried to … [Read more...]

Dutch Naval Architects and Sea Rescue Professionals Unveil Next-Generation Fast Rescue Lifeboat

Building on lessons learned from many years of designing fast maritime craft, Damen Shipyards, Delft Technical University and De Vries Lentsch Yacht Designers and Naval Architects have teamed up to design and build the next-generation of all-weather fast rescue lifeboats for the Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution (KNRM).   The most notable feature of this new vessel is … [Read more...]