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  • 21 Jul 2020 14:03 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Nassauhaven has changed from an unused harbour basin into a place with water houses and a nature-friendly bank.

    Building on the water is the future. Because Rotterdam city is growing, many new homes will be needed in the coming years. The space to build in the city is limited. There is still room on the water. In order to gain experience with building on the water, the municipality has started looking for a developer of sustainable water homes. The Havenlofts in the Nassauhaven, an unused harbour basin, are the result. Rotterdam hopes to give more water homes a place in the future. Other forms of floating construction in Rotterdam are the Floating Pavilion, the Floating Forest, the Aqua Dock and Floating Farm.

    Havenlofts: 18 floating homes

    The houses go with the tide. Moreover, they are sustainable; they have solar panels and generate heat via a biomass installation. The lofts have their own water purification system, so they do not need to be connected to the sewer system. Another special feature is that the banks regard the Havenlofts as houses (real estate) and are prepared to provide a mortgage on them. The houses were built on a site in Rotterdam-East and transported across the Nieuwe Maas to the Nassauhaven. This year the remaining twelve water homes will be towed into the Nassauhaven in two phases. It is the first street with water dwellings in Rotterdam.

    Ebb and flow

    Because of the open connection with the sea, ebb and flow can be felt all the way into the city. In the Nassauhaven, the difference in ebb and flow is between one and a half and two metres. We call this difference 'tide'. The tide has been taken into account in both the construction of the floating houses and the construction of a nature-friendly bank.

    A nature-friendly bank

    Until recently the banks of the Nassauhaven were straight and hard. There was little room for plants and animals. In order to be able to experience the tide better, the municipality constructed a nature-friendly bank. This bank is adjacent to the existing Nassauhaven park and has been laid out in stages so that plants can grow. The bank provides more variety in animals and plants. And makes the living environment even greener. The development of a tidal bank in a former harbour basin is unique in the Netherlands.

  • 03 Jul 2020 12:21 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Port of Québec attracts major international organizations including the Port of Rotterdam

    The Laurentia Project will become the cornerstone of a new and dynamic global ecosystem for innovation in logistics and maritime transportation technologies. The announcement by the Québec Port Authority of the signing of memorandums of understanding with seven major partners from the maritime, transportation and research world, marks the start of this landmark project. The international partnerships that will be created by these agreements will ensure that the Québec City regional economy will enjoy significant benefits well beyond the core investment of $775 million already planned for the construction of the Québec Container Terminal, the 1,000 sustainable jobs related to the terminal operation, and the estimated $100 million of annual economic impact. It will further ensure that the local region surrounding one of the world’s most technologically advanced and environmentally clean container terminals will become an incubator for new technologies, research and scientific exploration. The linking together of Hutchison Ports, the Port of Rotterdam, CN, PortXL, Québec International, Université Laval, Québec City and the new logistics services supply chain associated with the new container terminal will create an exciting launchpad for Québec-based enterprises to reach world markets.

    “When we see the quality of the partners who have embarked on this adventure, we understand that this initiative for commercial positioning represents a unique opportunity for Québec City. In addition to hosting some of the greenest and most technologically advanced facilities in the world, Laurentia will generate more than $100 million in economic spinoffs each year for the Greater Québec area.”

    -Régis Labeaume, Mayor, City of Québec

    “In an era in which energy transition and digitization are rapidly and fundamentally changing supply chains for ports, innovation has become a must-have for every port and everyone involved in the port supply chain. By connecting the innovation ecosystems of the ports of Québec and Rotterdam we will create opportunities for both the port of Québec and for Port of Rotterdam.”

    - René van der Plas, Director, Port of Rotterdam International

    You can read the full press release in English or French via this link. To learn more, watch the MOUs’ presentation video here.

  • 30 Jun 2020 16:59 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NCCC Member The App Academy have been helping companies and individuals to develop amazing apps. Here's why you should take a look at their offer.

    Over the years, since we established The App Academy, we’ve seen the coding bootcamp industry make the jump from being a small niche to becoming a vibrant force in tech education. Recent reports show that the number of development bootcamp graduates has been continually growing through recent years.

    Not only have countless students benefited from in-person bootcamp courses, but online options have become increasingly popular. In a time where most of us are cooped up at home, online bootcamps are a fantastic option for staying busy and growing skills while entertainment and work related opportunities are limited.

    By joining our immersive and intensive 6-week online iOS development bootcamp, you’ll learn the tools, frameworks and best practices used by mobile developers in the industry, taking your app idea from concept to completion. We'll teach you professional techniques as you advance your mobile development skills.

    We’re excited about how much of the social classroom environment we’re able to recreate in our online iOS Bootcamp, and that’s why we’ve added more cohorts, shortened the course length and reduced the price to €6.450. Making it easier than ever to join!

    The next start date is:

    • August 31st - October 9th

    So, if like us, you're stuck at home and want to grow your iOS development skills using Swift, we hope this will be the perfect opportunity for you. You can sign up or schedule a call to learn more. Just email us at contact@theappacademy.nl

    Stay safe and hope to see you at one of our online bootcamps soon!

  • 29 Jun 2020 16:04 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Prefer Dutch? Click here.

    Do you like variety and working with the latest techniques? Do you have an affinity with IT? And are you educated in the field of Mechatronics, Metalectro or Electronics? Then you may be the Support Engineer we are looking for.

    For our Configuration and Control Center (C3) in Zaltbommel, The Netherlands, we are looking for an enthusiastic full-time

    SUPPORT ENGINEER

    To be able to support installations and implementations of the VISICS system worldwide, we have set-up our own high-tech 24/7 support centre: C3 (Configuration and Control Centre). From C3 we can safely, securely and remotely access any VISICS system anywhere and anytime.

    Being a Support Engineer you are part of the C3 team. You are familiar with our products and technical solutions and responsible for the remote support of VISICS projects all around the world. You are flexible, accurate and focussed on result. Besides that you are a true team player but also able to work on your own.

    REQUIREMENTS

    • MBO educated in the field of mechatronics, metalectro, ICT or electronics
    • Affinity with (industrial) automation, access control, camera security and innovations
    • Experience with the Genetec Security platform is an advantage
    • Drivers license B(E)
    • VCA certified (or willing to get this certicate)
    • Communicative, both in Dutch and English
    • Willingness to work in shifts

    OUR OFFER

    We offer you a great full-time job as a Support Engineer in a growing international organisation with opportunities for further personal development, a nice salary and good working conditions (CAO Metaal en Techniek). Being a Support Engineer C3 you work in shifts based on 33.6 hours per week.

    Do you meet our requirements and can’t you wait to join our C3 team? Then we are looking forward to meet you! Please apply using the online form here. For more information, you can contact Laurens Vleer, who can be reached via phone +31418-511090 or mail laurens.vleer@access-technology.nl.

  • 25 Jun 2020 11:27 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Her Excellency Lisa Helfand, Ambassador of Canada to the Netherlands, and Frank Hart, Board Chair for Protein Industries Canada (PIC), opened the webinar by mentioning the great opportunities that lie ahead when the Netherlands and Canada, two of the largest agricultural exporters in the world, continue to work together to address food security and reduce the global footprint.

    Henk Snoeken, Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Vancouver, emphasized the innovative position of the Netherlands which, despite being a small country about the size of Vancouver Island, possesses more than 5000 agrifood companies. The Netherlands is innovative, ranks high in value-added products, has a strong supply chain, and also serves as an important European distribution hub.

    Connecting Dutch and Canadian companies

    Diederik Beutener, Trade Commissioner at the Embassy of Canada to the Netherlands, discussed how the Embassy can assist Canadian companies in doing business in the Netherlands, and vice versa. He placed special emphasis on the collaboration with the Holland International Distribution Council (HIDC), and the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency, which help companies streamline their logistical processes and solve any practical issues. He also highlighted four different cases that illustrate how Canadian companies have successfully entered the Dutch market and, subsequently, the European market.

    Bill Greuel, CEO of Protein Industries Canada (PIC), discussed Canada’s vision to be a world leader in plant protein. With 28 million hectares of arable land, Canada is a plant protein powerhouse. It is the largest pulse exporter in the world, the largest producer and exporter of canola, and has world-leading plant science and agricultural capabilities. PIC is in the middle of an ambitious program to transform the industry. Together with industry partners, CAD $300 million will be invested in the next four years.

    Jeroen Willemsen, Protein Shift Innovation Manager from The Protein Cluster (TPC) in the Netherlands shared the perspective from the industry. TPC helps companies with innovation in the plant protein sector through the provision of new technology, new ingredients, and new products. TPC contributes to a more sustainable protein production and consumption ecosystem in the Netherlands and abroad.

    Partners in Protein Industry

    This Protein Webinar underlined the need and opportunities for Dutch and Canadian parties to work together. The Netherlands can contribute to Canada’s industry with precision protein and product development, whereas Canada can contribute to the Dutch industry in terms of sourcing and delivering ingredients. Both countries can develop technological plant protein innovations together, and advance the protein sector as a whole.

    Read more here.

  • 11 Jun 2020 12:22 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    COVID-19 is changing things for all of us and one unexpected way NCCC member Fluevog has been able to contribute is through technology!

    The Fluevog Design Studio normally uses 3D printing technologies to prototype new heels and soles for upcoming collections. However when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, thanks to the genius and goodwill of our friends at LNG Studios, we quickly re-tasked our 3D printers to begin producing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for local healthcare workers. 

    In partnership with LNG Studios and in cooperation with the larger network of companies participating in the BC COVID-19 3D Printing Group, our printers ran continuously for weeks producing parts for the protective face shields that were in low supply at hospitals and clinics. Many hospitals faced dwindling supplies and with orders for extra equipment taking weeks to arrive, the ability to quickly produce parts at a local scale helped bridge the gap. After a few weeks, the needs of the local hospitals were met and the focus shifted to other areas of the country who were hit worse than BC including Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. As production increased, shields were sent to smaller clinics, shelters, and other essential service workers. 

    Through this initiative, more than 500 face shields and counting have been produced and distributed to hospitals and essential care workers in BC.

    “It was amazing to see all these companies and individuals come together to offer whatever help they could and the volume and swiftness of the response was incredible.” shares Fluevog 3D Designer Chris Hutchison. “The most rewarding moment for me was walking down my street in Gastown and seeing a health care worker coming out of the women’s shelter wearing one of the face shields we produced. It was nice to see it in action!” 

    To learn more about this project, visit our friends at LNG Studios!

  • 25 May 2020 12:16 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    During the past few weeks, NCCC member kubik shifted their manufacturing capabilities to essential services, to serve the temporary environments and protective needs of the community. This included manufacturing and donating over 15,000 face shields to frontline workers.

    As the curve flattens and we start to resume life in one form or another, many of us are wondering what our new work-life will look like, how we will interact with our colleagues and how to reconnect with our clients. kubik has taken a look at trends, approaches and timelines about what the future may bring.These approaches might help you to gear back-up, return to your places of work, and start to find potential ways to re-connect with your clients.


    Please click the “Staying Connected” image to find out more about ideas to get you started. 

  • 20 May 2020 17:48 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Yesterday, Ambassador Helfand and Stephane Lambert, Counsellor and Head of Trade of the Mission of Canada to the EU, addressed the Dutch Senate about CETA.

    The Ambassador spoke about the difficult times caused by the pandemic and how the two countries need each other - now more than ever.

    "CETA will play an integral role in accelerating our economic recovery, rebuilding and strengthening resilience in our domestic economies, and diversifying and expanding trade in the European Union and Canada" she said.


  • 20 May 2020 17:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The hydrogen economy is quickly gathering momentum after NCCC Member Shell, announced its plans to take a green hydrogen plant into operation as early as 2023. This plant will be constructed at Maasvlakte 2. From here, the produced hydrogen will be transported via a pipeline to Shell’s refinery in Pernis. Gasunie and the Port of Rotterdam Authority intend to realise the new pipeline in a joint venture.

    Rotterdam boosts hydrogen economy with new infrastructure

    Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority: ‘We are currently expediting our plans to construct a public hydrogen network in the port area. The work on this backbone for Rotterdam’s industrial sector will be rounded off concurrently with Shell’s electrolyser. A main transport network like this can be used to connect producers and users. This in turn helps to create a market and boosts the production and consumption of hydrogen. Besides accommodating production, in the longer term Rotterdam will also play a crucial part in the import of hydrogen thanks to the realisation of multiple hydrogen terminals. Hydrogen promises to become the energy carrier of the 21st century.

    Hydrogen pipeline

    The Port Authority and Gasunie plan to jointly construct and operate the hydrogen pipeline, which will run parallel with the A15 motorway between Maasvlakte and Pernis. The parties plan to take the definite decision to greenlight construction in the first half of 2021. In the near future, Rotterdam’s hydrogen pipeline will be hooked up to the national hydrogen network developed by Gasunie.

    Shell will be constructing its hydrogen plant at a dedicated industrial site realised by the Port Authority at Maasvlakte for electrolysers operated by various companies. Another project planned at this site is H2-Fifty (the construction of a 250 MW electrolyser operated by BP and Nouryon). This facility is expected to become operational in 2025. Situated on the coast of the North Sea, this special industrial site (named a ‘conversion farm’) uses offshore wind power to produce hydrogen. The hydrogen produced at the plant will be transported to users via a pipeline.

    Blue and green

    Apart from these two mega electrolysers, various companies in the port area are working on plans for smaller models with capacities ranging from 5 to 100 MW (for the sake of comparison: the largest electrolyser currently operating in the Netherlands has a capacity of 1 MW). In addition, a consortium is working on plans for the production of the hydrogen variant known as blue hydrogen. The objective within this H-vision project is to produce hydrogen from gas sourced from refineries or natural gas, while capturing the carbon released by this process and storing it under the North Sea seabed. The large-scale production of blue hydrogen could be set up well before 2030. By contrast, the production of green hydrogen via electrolysis requires a huge volume of green electric power – which will at any rate be in short supply for another decade.

    Another project that has therefore been initiated is the realisation of 2 GW of extra offshore wind capacity (extra when compared to the existing plans for wind farms out on the North Sea) that will be reserved for the production of green hydrogen. This has been recognised as an option in the government’s Climate Agreement, and the Port Authority is currently conferring with the national authorities regarding the landing of this project. The electrolysers that will be sourcing this offshore power can be set up at the Maasvlakte conversion park.

    Carbon reduction

    The H-Vision project will yield around 2.2 to 4.3 Mt in carbon savings. The 2 GW electrolysis ‘conversion park’ will reduce carbon emissions by 3.3 Mt (based on the electrolysers running 8,000 hours per year, and compared to the production of grey hydrogen).

    Large-scale import

    Northwest Europe consumes far more power than can be generated locally from renewable sources. That is why the region is required to import hydrogen (or hydrogen bonds like ammonia) on a large scale. The national government has asked the Port Authority to map out the various options to import hydrogen from abroad, so the port of Rotterdam can retain its pivotal role in international power transport. Similar to how the port presently imports large volumes of oil and coal for the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium, in the near future, Rotterdam will serve as a major hub for renewable energy flows.

    Source: Port of Rotterdam

  • 15 May 2020 09:40 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is having a major impact on global business operations, with production stoppages, staff shortages, major event cancellations and concerns about supply chain stability.

    Restrictions such as no physical meetings, have quite some implications for speeding up the Digital Transformation agenda while it also reveals some very basic needs around collaboration of a remote workforce and the need for digital signatures & approvals. This is forcing organizations to embrace a new way of working to ensure business continuity and minimize impact on company performance. Businesses must remain secure, intelligent and connected, even (or perhaps, especially) in times of crisis.

    A cloud-based Information Management environment provides the digital foundation required for all employees to have secure access to essential business information and systems, collaborate effectively with dispersed internal and external stakeholders, synthesize data into timely insights and maintain supply chain visibility.

    Government-imposed lockdowns during the pandemic are leading to many employees working from home and needing remote access to business resources and information. As a result, companies need a new way to work that empowers employees to manage and collaborate on information anywhere, anytime and from any device. Even when the current pandemic is over, companies are likely to embrace work from home practices on a more permanent basis. There will be a new normal - we just don't know the extent of it right now.

    Opentext - a new way to work

    This paper, produced by Patron member Opentext, discusses practical Information Management solutions that support organizations as they deal with significant disruptions to “business as usual.”

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