Until recently, the offshore activities of shipping companies have generally been distant from the public eye. This is gradually changing, however, due to the energy transition currently taking place. For example, where traditional offshore activities mainly involved the extraction of oil and gas, public attention is now increasingly shifting due to the construction of large offshore wind farms. In fact, things are happening so fast that the first offshore wind farm without a government subsidy is now being built. KVNR members Van Oord and Vroon are well-known names in this field.
With fossil fuel extraction, the offshore sector has been responsible for a large part of our energy resources. The focus is now shifting to the generation of ‘clean’ energy produced by offshore wind farms. This transition would be not possible without the shipping industry.