THE STORY OF A CHALLENGE
It’s 1873. Dr Bruno Johannes Tideman, chief engineer of the Royal Navy and adviser to the shipbuilding industry, carries out the first ship model tests in The Netherlands to determine the ship’s resistance and the required engine capacity. It is a professional challenge to make uncontrollable waves, wind and water ultimately manageable. With this very same drive the ‘Netherlands Ship Model Basin’ began its work in 1932.
Today, known as MARIN, we are an internationally operating and recognised leading independent institution based in Wageningen with 400+ specialists who together realise a turnover of approximately €45 million. At present our challenge in essence is the same but we have broadened our view. How do we use our hydrodynamic and nautical research to make ships, platforms, wind turbines, harbours – any construction on or in the water – cleaner, safer and smarter?