Innovation and sustainable construction
Fifty years after the Groningen and Friesland Conoship shipyards started computer-controlled steel cutting together, there are now great opportunities for the joint production of micro panels in a central robotized ‘Shared Facility’ for the ship hulls at the individual shipyards. In addition, the efficient construction of sustainable ships can be achieved more quickly. “Combined with a more efficient production chain and the local realization of the required reduction technology of CO₂ emissions, we can anticipate an increased replacement demand for innovative fossil-free and low-emission ships, which can be built in the Northern Netherlands instead of in China,” says Guus van der Bles, Director Development at Conoship International.
Collaboration maritime sector
The ‘Shared Facility’ project was initiated by the Groninger Maritime Board and is being carried out by the GMB Foundation, Conoship International, FME and Marstrat, in cooperation with numerous shipyards and suppliers from the Northern maritime sector: “This is the momentum in which the Northern maritime sector recognises that cooperation is necessary to secure the future,” says Egbert Vuursteen, CEO of Royal Wagenborg and chairman of the Groninger Maritime Board.
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