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New Dutch test basin inaugurated

At the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands A depressurised wave basin (DWB) at the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN) has been officially inaugurated by Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, Maxime Verhagen.The DWB, which combines the functions of a depressurised towing tank with a wave maker, is claimed to be the first of its type anywhere, and is the result of a government-backed collaborative process known as 'Topsector Water', bringing together experts from industry and research institutes to promote the country's water‐related knowledge and experience.The DWB combines waves with a novel vacuum technique, and will be used by MARIN and its customers for various top-level research activities. It contains some 35 million litres of water and, says MARIN, is expected to strengthen the institute's position in the maritime world and contribute to the competitiveness of the Dutch maritime cluster.Source: The Motorship

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The Netherlands ratifies the Maritime Labour Convention

Becoming the sixth EU member state to ratify the MLC 2006 The Director of the International Labour Standards Department, Ms. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, received today the instrument of ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006) from Mr. Wim Bel, Deputy Director for International Affairs of the Dutch Ministry for social Affairs and Employment. The Netherlands becomes the sixth EU member state, after Spain, Bulgaria, Denmark, Latvia and Luxembourg to ratify the landmark Maritime Labour Convention, 2006.In receiving the instrument of ratification, Ms. Doumbia-Henry stated: "The ratification of the MLC, 2006, by The Netherlands reflects the country's long standing maritime and hydraulic engineering tradition and its commitment to provide the world's seafarers with fair working and living conditions while creating an equal level-playing field for shipowners. With the port of Rotterdam - the biggest port in Europe - The Netherlands is a major transportation hub which provides access through its waterways to the European hinterland. I am sure that the ratification will further strengthen the image of The Netherlands as a maritime nation and benefit its economy. In ratifying the MLC, 2006, The Netherlands becomes the sixth EU member State to implement the EU Council Decision of 2007 authorizing member ...

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