More than a century old and still green

Growing old is inevitable. As the years go by one is expected to assume an increasing number of responsibilities, particularly towards the environment. The Wagenborg Group has led the way in fulfilling these obligations and was one of the first shipping companies in the world to gain the ISO 9002, ISM Code and ISO 14001 certifications. For several decades already, Wagenborg Passenger Services has been in charge of ferry crossings to Ameland and Schiermonnikoog in the vulnerable Wadden Sea. When working in such a lovely nature reserve daily, it’s logical and necessary that you treat it with respect and responsibility.

“On green issues we do not compromise. No matter how old we become.”

The fact that we take our responsibilities seriously is shown, among other things, by the commitment of our colleagues and the way we design our ferries. For example, a couple of years ago our ferry ‘Sier’ won the Environmental Award for the Shipping Industry. The starting point for the design of this ferry was minimizing the impact on the vulnerable Wadden environment. In this way, ‘Sier’ was made a very environmentally friendly ferry that is also operationally efficient. The jury awarding us the Environmental Award also praised “the overall sustainable business policy of
Wagenborg Passenger Services”. 

And to keep complying with actual environmental standards, it was decided to upgrade the ferry ‘Sier’. Shipyard Royal Niestern Sander was approached to enter into a “joint effort agreement” with Wagenborg Passenger Services to upgrade their ferry ‘Sier’. The scope of this project mainly focused on renewing the passenger areas and sanitary spaces, including lighting, airconditioning and alarm systems. The mutual positive experiences during upgrading the ferries ‘Rottum’ and “Monnik’ respectively in 2012 and 2013, resulted in awarding this new contract.