Anniversary year culminates with Royal ceremony

Celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of Team Van Oord’s Dutch partner, Van Oord, culminated with Her Majesty Queen Máxima christening the company’s trailing suction hopper dredger Vox Amalia in Rotterdam.

The christening ceremony on 14 December was witnessed by 1,400 employees and guests, and followed by a spectacular musical performance featuring the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dutch DJ duo Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano.

Her Majesty Queen Máxima then toured the Vox Amalia and met its crew. She also spoke to the engineers who supervised the vessel’s construction and to a group of young people representing Generation Z who earlier in the year shared their ideas about a sustainable future.

The following day (15 Dec), Van Oord employees and their family members also had the opportunity to visit the vessel.

Other events during 2018 to mark Van Oord’s 150th anniversary have included: the christening of subsea rock installation vessel Bravenes; publication of a special jubilee magazine, highlighting how Van Oord has ‘mastered the elements’ in its efforts to protect communities from flooding and reinforce coastlines; and an international symposium staged in the Laurenskerk in Rotterdam, during which Van Oord was awarded the Royal designation


The Vox Amalia

Built in Spain under Van Oord’s supervision, the Vox Amalia is 158 metres long, 36 metres wide and has a hopper capacity of 18,000 cubic meters. It has large, powerful pumps and engines that enable it to dredge sand, clay, sludge and gravel from sea or river beds. The vessel is currently undergoing trials in the Netherlands before being deployed on dredging projects worldwide.


Van Oord

Headquartered in Rotterdam, Van Oord is a family-owned company with 150 years’ experience as an international marine contractor. The company’s focus is on dredging, oil and gas infrastructure and offshore wind. Van Oord has approximately 4,500 employees and a fleet of more than 100 vessels. By using innovative, smart and sustainable solutions – ‘marine ingenuity’ – Van Oord wants to contribute to a better world for future generations.

Anniversary celebrations have also included the christening of two other new vessels: the ‘Werkendam’, Van Oord’s first LNG-powered vessel which was commissioned in April; and the subsea rock installation vessel ‘Bravenes’ which was added to the company’s fleet in May.


7 January 2019