The KVNR proactively promotes the interests of its members on the international playing field. Moreover, through the activities of the KVNR, members are represented in various national and international advisory and consultation bodies, often together with a representative of a (management) shipping company. In this way the KVNR actively contributes to policy making processes in national, European and international maritime politics. The aim of this is to maintain and improve the (inter)national business climate regarding economic, social, environmental and nautical-technical areas.
At the national level, the KVNR has regular consultations with, for example, the Dutch Ministries of Infrastructure and the Environment, Finance, and Economic Affairs. In this way, in collaboration with our members, we have an active contribution in policy-making and implementation of new legislation.
In addition, the KVNR works together with Maritime by Holland to strengthen the Dutch maritime network and to promote the maritime cluster as a whole. Important examples of how this is accomplished are information campaigns targeted at the business community, branch organisations and the educational sector, aimed at increasing numbers of maritime students.
The KVNR is also affiliated with the largest corporate organisation in the Netherlands, the VNO-NCW (the Dutch Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers). For example, the KVNR regularly participates in committees or cooperates with the VNO-NCW to defend and safeguard the collective interests of Dutch shipping.
In its role as member of national government delegations and as an employer representative, the KVNR is also internationally active. This includes participation in meetings with the ILO (International Labour Organization) and IMO (International Maritime Organization).
In addition to these important international and policy-defining platforms, the KVNR is affiliated to the following maritime organisations on behalf of Dutch shipowners:
- European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)
- International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)
- Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO)
The KVNR is also represented on the board of the ECSA and of the ICS. In addition, KVNR staff members participate in ECSA and ICS committees and workgroup meetings. This makes it possible to exert influence on European and international regulations; thus enabling the ‘level playing field’ for Dutch shipping companies.
The KVNR plays an important role in determining employment conditions, wages, pension schemes and other social schemes of seafarers.
These guidelines are made in consultation between employers and employees. Representing the employees is the trade union Nautilus International. Representing the employers are various organisations:
- Sociaal Maritiem Werkgeversverbond (SMW) Social Maritime Employers' Association
- Vereniging van Werkgevers in de Handelsvaart (VWH) Association of Commercial Shipping Employers
- Netherlands Maritime Employers Association (NEMEA). This organization focuses on non-EU seafarers on Dutch-flagged ships
- Netherlands Maritime Employers Association Neptune. Neptune focuses on non-EU seafarers on board marine engineering support vessels
Although these employers' associations are separate legal entitles to the KVNR, the KVNR does perform secretariat tasks. Only shipping companies that are members of the KVNR can become members.