In 2016, the Dutch shipping industry consisted of approximately 800 companies. This includes the partnerships that often include the business concerns of so-called captain-owners. The Dutch register is growing: Between 2006 and 2016, the number of Dutch-flagged merchant ships and sea towage vessels increased from 750 to 1,059. Most recent figures, from 31 December 2016, show that the total number of merchant and sea towage vessels under Dutch management was 2,012. Here, the KVNR uses figures for the merchant and sea towage fleet; dredging vessels are included elsewhere.
The majority of Dutch shipowners are also members of the KVNR, which keeps track of how many ships its members own. The KVNR’s own figures show that the average age of registered vessels is just 12.5 years old. Considering the fact that this is about half the lifespan of an average ship, it can be said that the Dutch fleet is very modern.