On 29 November 2017, the North-Holland seaports of Amsterdam, IJmuiden and Den Helder, together with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and the provinces of North and South Holland, presented the first copy of the magazine 'Hollandse Kust - Where wind & water works', at the international WindEurope Conference & Exhibition in Amsterdam RAI. The first copy was given to Ivor Cato (chairman of Wind Europe) and Giles Dickson (CEO of WindEurope) and Hans Timmers, (director of the Netherlands Wind Energy Association) by Edwin Krijns, municipal executive councillor of Den Helder.
The special edition is intended to allow international parties involved in offshore wind tenders to gain insight into the efficient infrastructure and cooperative supply chain in the Netherlands. It also gives information about how to use those in the preparation, construction, installation and maintenance of offshore wind farms.
'The importance of being able to present ourselves to the international market as a single group is significant. Cooperation and combining our strengths is important in order to work collectively on securing large-scale wind energy projects. The magazine displays the ambition and strength of the infrastructure of the Dutch ports,' says Edwin Krijns, municipal executive councillor of Den Helder.
The North Holland seaports that have joined forces are Amsterdam and IJmuiden from the Amsterdam/IJmuiden Offshore Ports (AYOP) and Den Helder from the North Sea Energy Gateway (NSEG). They presented their collective 'unique selling points' to important players within the established offshore Wind Industry at the WindEurope Conference & Exhibition in Amsterdam RAI.
The province of North Holland supports this cooperation, which is aimed at attracting offshore energy ventures. Municipal executive councillor Edwin Krijns of the municipality of Den Helder: 'The presentation at WindEurope is an important step and a prelude to the cooperative relationship between Dutch ports in the field of offshore wind energy. Together, we have to present ourselves towards this market. The seaport of Amsterdam, IJmuiden and Den Helder see enormous potential in this sector in terms of economic development, knowledge, innovation and the labour market.'