Royal IHC takes 50% stake in Rotterdam Offshore Group

Dutch shipbuilder Royal IHC has acquired a 50% stake in Rotterdam Offshore Group (ROG), strengthening its ship repair and conversion capabilities.

ROG has a dedicated facility in Rotterdam with lay-by facilities for vessels up to 300m, heavy-lift crane capacity, a large yard area and a fully equipped workshop. The yard mostly carries out conversion, ship repair and (de)mobilisation projects for the offshore, dredging and maritime industries.

Royal IHC will look to expand its services for complex renovations and conversions while ROG can now offer its customers access to the engineering, fabrication and mission equipment capabilities of Royal IHC.

Diederik van Rijn, executive director of IHC Services, commented: “Our focus at IHC is on maintaining long-term relationships with our customers. This acquisition strengthens our capabilities to serve those based in Europe. We currently see opportunities to better facilitate conversions of existing vessels and equipment that are currently laying idle due to the ongoing crisis in the market. In addition, we can offer our customers an attractive proposition as a repair and maintenance, and (de)mobilisation partner in the Rotterdam region.”

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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