Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment Melanie Schultz van Haegen officially launched the Flying the Dutch flag programme at the METSTRADE Show in Amsterdam on 16 November.

Flying the Dutch flag

Pictured during the launch at METSTRADE show., from left to right: Tineke Netelenbos, KVNR, Geert Dijks, HISWA Marine Industry – Melanie Schultz van Haegen, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Koen Overtoom, Port of Amsterdam

‘Flying the Dutch flag programme’, a one-stop shop for superyacht construction, registration and crewing, has been launched in the Netherlands.

The programme is a one-stop shop for superyacht construction, registration and crewing. It provides a transparent and comprehensive service package, saving a great deal of work for yacht managers and build supervisors.

‘Flying the Dutch flag’ is the popular name given to the Commercial Cruising Vessel project, which offers an attractive legal framework for commercially exploited superyachts registered in the Netherlands.

The initiative results from the collaboration between the Dutch marine trade association HISWA Marine Industry, the Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners (KVNR) and the Port of Amsterdam.

Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment Melanie Schultz van Haegen officially launched the scheme at the METSTRADE Show in Amsterdam on 16 November.

Speaking at the event, the Minister said: “The HISWA has proven its ambition and good business sense with the Commercial Cruising Vessel project. More superyachts flying the Dutch flag will translate into greater work opportunities in the Netherlands. The government is actively stimulating a business environment by improving the shipping register and implementing the Large Yacht Code 3. And all of this is making it easier for yachts to sail under the Dutch flag,”

New service industry

Commenting on the programme, Geert Dijks, director of the HISWA Association, said: “We have an outstanding reputation internationally for craftsmanship, reliability and quality. In addition, the Netherlands has an unrivalled cluster of specialised marine equipment supply companies. Now, with the launch of Flying the Dutch flag, we are adding an entirely new service industry to the range of options available in this country.”

The terms and conditions have now been firmly established, including clear fiscal agreements, the incorporation of the international technical regulations within Dutch shipping law, and acceptance of the international MCA certification for crewmembers.

The HISWA Marine Industry will roll the project out further in 2017 and hopes to attract more of the superyacht-related service industry to the Netherlands.