The Dutch shipping register includes around 800 merchant vessels. The Dutch fleet is one of the most modern fleets in the world; it is highly innovative, it has well-educated crews and offers good employment conditions. Dutch shipping policy has been designed by the government with the goal to enable shipowners to manage their vessels from the Netherlands on competitive and profitable terms. It sets to create a level playing field and to retain a high-quality reputation and strong maritime environment for its shipowners. One important aspect is the option for shipowners to determine annual fiscal profits on the basis of ship tonnage. But flying the Dutch flag offers other benefits, such as allowing companies to apply flexible crew regulations and make use of additional fiscal measures, reducing the costs of employing Dutch crews by around 30%.
The Dutch government acknowledges that the value of shipping lies not only in ships and jobs at sea, but first and foremost on land. Of the total value added by shipping, approximately 70% is created ashore.
The nation’s shipping policy has been designed to enable shipowners to manage their vessels from the Netherlands on competitive and profitable terms. It creates an international level playing field whilst retaining the Netherlands' strong reputation and a prosperous maritime environment for shipowners.
A favourable maritime tax climate
A highly skilled workforce
Safety and registration
Green and powerful shipping