On Wednesday December 14th, Secretary General Maarten Camps of the ministry of Economic Affairds opened the Dutch-Japanese Symposium on Offshore Wind Power at the embassy of the Netherlands in Tokyo. The symposium was organised as part of the Economic Mission which ook place during this week, lead by Mr. Camps. During his speach, Mr. Camps congratulated Mitsubishi Corporate, of which also a representative was present, with winning the second Borselle Tender just the day before, together with their corsortium partners. He named it an excellent example of Dutch-Japanese cooperation.
During the Seminar, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) contemplated about the succes factors behind the huge cost reduction in Offshore Wind in the Netherlands. Furthermore, Arjen Schutten, director Holland Home of Wind Energy, focussed on the urgent need for qualified personnel in the offshore wind industry.
Eric Kamphues, director of IX, presented training opportunities that IX has to offer in cooperation with partners such as STC-NMU as well as local Japanese training companies.
IX is presently in discussion with several companies and institutes to prepare a training program for engineers that require additional specialisation in offshore wind. The program will cover both classroom training and practical experience and workshops. Furthermore, it is intended to include several offshore Health and Safety Trainings (OPITO/GWO).
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