The development of the offshore energy cluster in the Port of Den Helder and the region Noord-Holland-Noord goes closely hand in hand with the presence of renowned knowledge institutes. These include Endures, TNO, Imares, Wind Turbines Materials and Construction (WMC), the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), the Royal Netherlands Naval College and Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN).


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These knowledge centres carry out fundamental and applied research into a raft of innovations in the field of renewable energy generation at sea, as well corrosion-prevention measures for offshore platforms, wind turbine foundations, ships’ hulls and port infrastructure.

In addition to an excellent knowledge infrastructure the region has several educational and training institutes such as the ROC Kop van Noord-Holland, Tetrix Techniek opleidingen, INHOLLAND, the Engineering Campus and Den Helder Training Centre, and the Royal Netherlands Naval College which is open to non-defence students as well in particular topics. Here young talent learn how to apply their knowledge in practice while company employees can also be retrained in line with the developments in the industry.

This unique combination of knowledge and training centres has led to the creation of an authoritative international Marine, Maritime and Environmental Technological cluster, which is extremely advantageous for offshore-related companies based in the region.

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Serving the North Sea offshore industry for more than 40 years

The international port of Den Helder has been a crucially important hub for the offshore energy industry in this region for over 40 years. More than 155 exploration and production platforms are in easy reach and the nearest wind farm is just 17 nm aw…


A specialist in offshore transportation

Den Helder Airport is one of the largest heliports in Northwest Europe and one of the most renowned, sophisticated Offshore Energy Heliports in the industry. Den Helder Airport is ideally situated close to the major oil and gas fields in the Central …

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More than 200 leading offshore suppliers within easy reach

With more than 200 leading service companies, suppliers and main contractors to the offshore, renewables and maritime industry based in the region of the North Sea Energy Gateway, the supply chain is clearly represented. Many of these companies have …