Looking back in history, Dutch shipping companies have never been afraid of taking on new challenges. More importantly perhaps, shipowners and shipping companies quickly realized the added value of cooperation. This guiding principle is still valid even in today’s competitive markets. Thanks to a shared commitment to a dynamic shipping policy, the Dutch shipping industry keeps up with international developments while maintaining its competitiveness.
The KVNR has existed in its current form since 1992, the year when the KNRV (Royal Dutch Association of Shipowners) joined forces with the VNRK (Association of Dutch Small Trading Shipowners) to create the Royal Association of Dutch Shipowners (KVNR). The VNRK was also the result of a collaboration between the Royal Seamen's College De Groninger Eendracht and the Association of Small Trading Employers that took place ten years previously. Going back even further, De Groninger Eendracht and the Royal Dutch Association of Shipowners both have a long and eventful heritage dating back to 1830 and 1905 respectively.