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Vessel Operator Forum: December meeting with new chairman

Dec 9 2022
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On December 7 and 8, Wärtsilä Netherlands BV hosted the Vessel Operators Forum (VOF). During the Forum meeting new initiatives were launched and the progress of the ongoing joint industry projects TopTier and F-series propellers was discussed.

The meeting was chaired for the first time by Patrick Hooijmans who was appointed due to the retirement of Henk van den Boom who established the VOF in 2007. The legacy will be continued by Patrick who is Team leader of the MARIN Transport and Shipping team. The VOF will continue its valuable research into better ships from both a safety and economic point of view.
The Vessel Operators Forum is a platform for ship owners, operators, designers, yards, suppliers, R&D-institutes and regulatory agencies and class societies to exchange experience on operational aspects of ships and to discuss the common need for new technology for future ship operations.

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New VOF chairman Patrick Hooijmans (left) and Teus van Beek of Wärtsilä