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Collective representation


The KVNR will proactively represent your interests as a shipowner in the international playing field. The KVNR will represent you in a number of national and international bodies. In this way the KVNR is actively involved in policymaking in national, European and international politics. The objective is to maintain and improve the economic, social, environmental and nautical/technical aspects of the (inter)national business climate of The Netherlands.


On behalf of the KVNR membership our staff participates in a number of national and international bodies, usually in tandem with shipowners’ representatives and/or board members.


National representation

At national level the KVNR is involved in regular consultations with various ministerial departments, including the Ministry Infrastructure and the Environment, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Economic Affairs. In this way we, together with our members, actively contribute to policymaking and the implementation of new legislation.


In addition the KVNR and the Dutch Maritime Network are involved in reinforcing the maritime network in the Netherlands and the promotion of the maritime cluster as a whole. Prime examples are promotional campaigns on the part of the industry, trade organisations and educational bodies aimed at increasing enrolment in nautical education. As a trade organisation, the KVNR is also affiliated with the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW). As such, the KVNR is a regular participant in a number of committees of the largest employers’ organisation in the Netherlands. In specific cases the VNO-NCW and the KVNR join forces in defending and safeguarding the collective interests of the Dutch shipping industry.


International representation

As a member of the various national delegations, the KVNR participates in International Labour Organisation (ILO) conferences and is present in an advisory capacity at International Maritime Organisation (IMO) conventions. The KVNR also participates in European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF), a platform established by the European Commission. The ESSF formulates environmental policy proposals and technical guidelines, especially for air emission and clean fuels. Also factors contributing to the competitive position of European shipping are part of the agenda. In addition to these important international policymaking bodies, the KVNR –on behalf of its members– is affiliated with the following maritime organisations:


The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)

The Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO)


All this adds up to the KVNR having the potential to influence European and international legislation and, as a consequence, to improve the level playing field for shipowners in the Netherlands.


Social partners in the shipping industry

The KVNR plays a vital role in determining working conditions and pay scales, pensions and social arrangements for seafarers. All these agreements are reached by the social partners, both on behalf of employers and employees. On the employees’ side is trade union Nautilus International. On the employers’ side are:


The Social Maritime Employers Association (SMW), Association of Employers in the Merchant Marine (VWH) Netherlands Maritime Employers Association (NEMEA). This organisation concerns itself with non-EU seafarers on ships under the Dutch flag.


Even though the above employers’ organisations are not legally connected to the KVNR, the KVNR does run their secretariats. Only those who are KVNR members may join said organisations.


Updated on January 16th, 2017