Royal recognition for Multraship

09 Feb 2017

His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands is pictured being welcomed on board Multraship’s Emergency Towage Vessel ‘Guardian’ Photo: ANP

His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands is pictured being welcomed on board Multraship’s Emergency Towage Vessel ‘Guardian’ Photo: ANP

The newly renovated De Ruyter Maritime and Logistics College in Vlissingen and Multraship have received the royal seal of approval from His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands.

After His Majesty King Willem-Alexander opened the college he went aboard the emergency towing vessel Guardian, operated by Dutch towage and salvage specialist Multraship.

Multraship vessels, berthed in front of the college, saluted the king with their ships’ horns and water-cannon fountains.

De Ruyter College has worked alongside Multraship for decades. The company offers traineeships to students to allow them to gain the required practical experience for their qualifications.

The Guardian has been hired by the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment for ten years to provide emergency assistance to ships in trouble in the North Sea, an arrangement under the direction of the Dutch Coastguard.

De Ruyter Maritime and Logistics College trains students as helmsmen and marine engineers, among other things. The renovation means they now have modern teaching facilities, including new radar and bridge simulators.

The refurbished college premises embrace a number of nautical features, including two rooftop classrooms in the style of a ship’s bridge. The exterior, meanwhile, symbolises the shape of a container terminal.

The King’s visit preceded the college’s annual Shipping Day, held on 4 February, during which prospective students and interested parties were able to familiarise themselves with training and career opportunities in the maritime and logistics sector.

By Anne-Marie Causer

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