Spring fever

It’s spring, and the signs are everywhere. Here and there we’re still navigating through thick layers of ice, but the crocuses are already flowering and it makes us feel positive about life. And there’s a good reason to feel positive, because while we were assembling this issue, we were once again struck by how special Wagenborg and its projects are. 

Speaking of navigating in ice, that is an art in itself, one that calls for experience and good instincts. We went on a voyage through the Northwest Passage and the captain of our vessel gave us a glimpse of his world by letting us read his logbook. 

MS Tiberborg stopped at the small island of Pitcairn en route to Australia. It was an exciting occasion for the crew, and a very special experience that both captain and crew really enjoyed. And not only they: the locals were more than honoured by the visit of the merchant ship. 

Our second Walk-to-Work vessel, the Kasteelborg, has been put into service and will be deployed as a stand-by and support vessel for the inspection and maintenance of unmanned platforms in both Dutch and British waters. We talked to René Vogel, the captain of the Kasteelborg, to Joris Eelman, Maintenance & Operations team leader NUIs at NAM/Shell, and to Marjan Elderman-Feenstra, project manager at Royal Niestern Sander, about this extremely clever feat of engineering.

Wagenborg is now working with Jan de Nul at the basis of the Borkum Riffgrund II offshore wind farm. We couldn’t pass up the chance to document this major project in photographs. 

Wagenborg Passenger Services has introduced a new express service. And Wagenborg Towage has added another tug, the Waterman, to its fleet. 

We couldn’t do it without our employees. Valentin Lefevre tells us about his first year at Wagenborg. Michel de Jong talks about wanting to leave the world a better place. And we get to know Maarten Tromp, our new COO. 

We hope you enjoy reading!