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Heijmans builds new data centre in The Netherlands

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 gennaio 2020

Society’s digitization is creating increasing dependence on the availability, processing and storage of data. Heijmans has gained considerable experience in the construction and maintenance of data centres. Heijmans has already built the Amsterdam Data Tower, and manages a number of data centres for the Netherlands’ central government. Heijmans is a listed company combining activities in real estate, construction & engineering and infrastructure in the fields of Living, Working and Connecting. We achieve added value for our clients by focusing on continuous quality improvement, innovation and an integrated approach. Heijmans realizes projects for home buyers, companies and government entities and, together with them, builds on the spatial contours of tomorrow. For more information, please visit

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WEX Establishes Netherlands EMI

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 22 novembre 2019

WEX (NYSE:WEX), a leading financial technology service provider, announced today that it obtained a second EMI licence in Europe to support its growth across the continent.In addition to its existing UK-based EMI, WEX, has obtained an EMI licence in the Netherlands which enables WEX to provide services as a payment institution to WEX’s European customers from the Netherlands.This move underpins WEX’s European growth strategy. The company will serve customers across EU and non-EU countries from both their UK and Netherlands offices.“It’s an extremely exciting time at WEX, as we have our eyes firmly set on reaching out further into Europe,” announced Anant Patel, Vice President for WEX’s Corporate Payments and Travel business across EMEA and APAC. “We are thrilled to announce that our growth strategy is now supported by our new Netherlands-based EMI. It strengthens our commitment to working across Europe and enables us to continue delivering a seamless international payments experience.”

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Esri President Jack Dangermond Given Royal Honor in Netherlands

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 Maggio 2019

Esri, the global leader in location intelligence, today announced that its founder and president Jack Dangermond received the royal Dutch decoration, Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau. Jan Hamming, Mayor of Zaanstad, awarded the accolade to Dangermond on behalf of King Willem-Alexander. The decoration was bestowed upon Dangermond in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to the national and international GIS community. The establishment of Esri in 1969 paved the way for the introduction of digital mapping and analyses thanks to the development of ArcGIS software. In 1985, the Dutch national planning service (RPD) in the north-eastern city of Zwolle was the first to use ArcGIS, a milestone that was to be followed by more than a thousand other organizations.“The Netherlands have been a forward-thinking country in the field of GIS, and this recognition is a sincere honor,” said Laura Dangermond, Esri co-founder. “As one of our oldest international customers, Jack is proud to support the nation’s innovative goals.”
Alongside his involvement in making Dutch organizations more successful by sharing knowledge, Dangermond is also deeply committed to global social issues such as climate change, support for less developed regions around the world, and education.While it is unusual that a royal Dutch decoration is awarded to a person living abroad, Dangermond’s worldwide work and the special bond he has always maintained with The Netherlands is a distinctive combination. An American citizen, Dangermond’s family emigrated from The Netherlands to California, and some still live in The Netherlands.

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Citi Launches Multi-Currency Notional Pooling Capabilities in the Netherlands

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 15 novembre 2018

Citi (NYSE: C) has today announced the launch of its Multi-Currency Notional Pooling Capabilities in the Netherlands.Citi has existing Multi-Currency Notional Pooling capabilities in London for its multi-national clients. By setting up capabilities in Amsterdam, Citi is now giving its clients choice and flexibility to enable them to better manage their working capital and liquidity according to their treasury models and needs.
Notional Pooling in Amsterdam allows Citi’s clients to minimize bank interest costs by notionally concentrating end of day balances across multiple accounts held with Citibank Europe plc, Netherlands Branch, into a single net amount. Citi’s clients will be able to achieve substantial liquidity, financial and operational benefits by automating the funding process, reducing bank interest costs and more efficiently using cash in their network.
The Amsterdam offering will support major global and European currencies and is built on Citi’s strategic Global Notional Pooling platform that will continue to be invested in and enhanced.The solution can be utilized together with recently launched Citi® Virtual Accounts, which allows clients to segregate their balances under a single physical account, providing enhanced visibility, control and efficiencies through centralized payments, receivables and liquidity management.Mark Smith, Head of Liquidity Management Services, Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi, says: “The Netherlands is becoming an increasingly important global pooling location as we look to expand on the number of notional pooling centres globally. This new offering will provide our global clients with further optionality to match their treasury models.” Zdenek Turek, CEO of Citibank Europe plc, adds: “The launch of Multi-Currency Notional Pooling capability in our Netherlands branch is in line with Citi’s strategy to offer full cash management capabilities from our single EU bank that has a physical presence across 22 countries in Europe and offers connectivity to Citi’s global network.”

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INS Ecosystem Signs Memoranda with the Netherlands Largest Postal Operator PostNL, Gears Up for Dutch Roll Out

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 6 marzo 2018

INS Ecosystem, the world’s first decentralized grocery marketplace today announced that PostNL, the Netherlands largest distribution operator responsible for the delivery of all private mail in the country, has confirmed its intention to distribute the goods sold on INS Ecosystem marketplace. PostNL will thus endorse INS Ecosystem 2018 major roll out into the Netherlands with its huge grocery market turnover of €35.7 billion EUR.INS Ecosystem Co-founder, Peter Fedchenkov said, “In order to revolutionize the direct-to- consumer interaction and make it the first option model for manufacturers globally, we need to ensure that goods reach their intended destinations, managing the supply chain as accurately and efficiently as possible. PostNL is constantly improving its excellence with its daily distribution rate of 1.1 million items delivered to 200 countries. We are admiring the partnership with such an outstanding organization, looking forward to the launch date”.
Founded by Peter Fedchenkov and Dmitry Zhulin, INS Ecosystem enables grocery manufacturers to address consumers directly bypassing the retail intermediaries, therefore saving up to 30 percent on everyday grocery e-shopping. With INS Ecosystem, consumers will have unimpeded access to both global and local manufacturers, including farmers, significantly reducing shipping distances and cutting the costs. Aimed at reducing waste throughout the supply chain, INS Ecosystem will also leverage blockchain to ensure more efficient shipping practices while implementing effective «pull systems», decreasing product inventories and saving space.
PostNL is the Netherlands largest national logistics operator worth $1.75 Bln on AMS. With its extensive network and 46,000 employees, PostNL processes 555,000 parcels daily in the Benelux – the company also delivers nine million letters daily in the Netherlands only. Operating in 13 countries across Europe, PostNL is the second largest delivery service in Germany and Italy. Considering the Netherlands blooming €1 billion EUR e-grocery turnover, PostNL aims to become the primary food logistics provider in the Benelux. PostNL has developed a high-quality last-mile food delivery network in the Netherlands comprised of 18 hubs and 3500 vehicles.
With seven of the top twenty FMCG global manufacturers having expressed their strong interest in selling their goods directly to consumer, INS Ecosystem will begin its project roll out in the Netherlands this year: “Our strategic and influential agreements within the Netherlands are a sign of many great things to come, while MoU with the region leading logistics operator is a huge leap forward in our ambitious journey to transform the consumer goods industry worldwide”, concluded Fedchenkov.

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Catella establishes operations in the Netherlands

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 13 luglio 2017

catella5Catella AB has, through Catella Property Fund Management AB, acquired Dutch real estate services provider Panta Rhei Advisory B.V. Panta Rhei Advisory will be renamed to Catella IM Benelux.The acquisition means that Catella further strengthens its position in Property Investment Management on the real estate market in Europe and that the number of European countries in which Catella has a local presence increases from 12 to 13.
Catella IM Benelux will bring further expertise and extensive experience from the Dutch real estate market to Catella. Vöas Brouns, who co-founded the real estate services provider Panta Rhei Advisory in 2013, has decades of experience in institutional property investment in the Netherlands. Catella IM Benelux has 10 employees and will initially focus on the management of the Benelux located properties of Catella Real Estate AG. As of 1 July 2017, Catella Real Estate AG managed 19 European real estate funds with over 230 properties and a total of EUR 3.1 billion in assets under management. Catella IM Benelux will in the future also manage other residential and commercial portfolios in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.The acquisition requires approval from the financial regulator, CSSF, in Luxembourg.

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Catella Wohnen Europa fund acquires residential properties in Germany, Spain and the Netherlands

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 11 febbraio 2017

catella arenaThe residential team of investment manager Catella Real Estate has acquired a total of 650 residential units in Germany, Spain and the Netherlands for its Catella Wohnen Europa property fund. The overall purchase price was some EUR 84.45 million.In Germany, 96 business apartments in the centre of Mainz were acquired for EUR 13 million. In addition, 84 units were acquired in St. Augustin, located between Bonn and Cologne, for some EUR 11 million.The Spanish portfolio has been extended with 216 residential units in Madrid, acquired for EUR 23.45 million.The Netherlands was the target of an acquisition of 254 residential units, bought for some EUR 37 million in Almere, east of Amsterdam and Den Bosch, the capital of the North Brabant province.“Demand among our investors for attractive property investments in these markets remains high. We are therefore delighted to have secured these attractive core properties for the fund. We continue to see appealing opportunities in the European residential markets, and will focus on securing further attractive assets for our clients. In this way, we can ensure that the fund generates sustainable cash flow for our investors,” says Markus Wiegleb, Portfolio Manager at Catella.The Catella Wohnen Europa fund is a property fund that has acquired a volume of EUR 339.8 million and is managed by Catella’s residential team in Berlin.“We want our fund to achieve a broad diversification within Europe. Conducting investments in Spain, the Netherlands and Denmark, and with the investment focus in Germany, we have already been able to minimise the risks in the asset class,” says Xavier Jongen, head of Catella’s initiative in residential property funds.

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Catella sells and reinvests in the Netherlands for its sustainable property fund

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 8 febbraio 2017

catella arenaMunich-based investment manager Catella Real Estate has taken advantage of the current favourable market conditions in the Netherlands by selling an office building in Amsterdam and reinvesting in a modern residential and retail property in Utrecht’s city centre for the Sarasin Sustainable Properties – European Cities fund. The office building at Middenlaan 14-16 in Amsterdam has 5,490 square metres of office space and 1,090 square metres of storage space. Due to the dated quality of the space in the building, constructed in 1972, Catella took the decision to sell the property above market value.“The Dutch real estate market is on course for recovery. Its good performance is also reflected in the favourable market conditions, which have benefited this sale,” says Henrik Fillibeck, Managing Director of Catella Real Estate. The capital has been reinvested in a residential and retail property at Oudegracht 152-156/ Vinkenburgstraat 17 in the Binnenstad district of central Utrecht. The property has almost 3,500 square metres of usable space and stands on a 1,200 square metre piece of land. Residential space takes up 1,455 square metres, while 1,250 square metres are allocated to retail and 789 square metres to food and drink outlets. “The Dutch recovery is filtering through to the retail sector. All the indices suggest that the Dutch have regained their appetite for spending more money on consumption. Reinvestment in a residential and retail building is an excellent way to further diversify the portfolio and spread risks. By selling a dedicated office building and buying a mixed-use property, the diversification in retail and residential space can be further expanded. Oudegracht is the city’s best-known canal and a prime retail location, with a large number of restaurants, cafés and bars, and helps to make the city, byopening a new location in the area of Randstad, a metropolitan area in Europe,” says Henrik Fillibeck.Catella’s Sarasin Sustainable Properties – European Cities fund focuses on sustainable investments in fast-growing major European cities.
Catella is a leading specialist in property investments, fund management and banking, with operations in 12 European countries. The group has sales of approximately SEK 2 billion and manages assets of approximately SEK 150 billion. Catella is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm in the Mid Cap segment.

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King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands opens the new headquarters of Applikon Biotechnology

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 6 novembre 2013

Mammalian cell culture in a bench-scale biorea...

Mammalian cell culture in a bench-scale bioreactor. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Wednesday December 4th the new headquarters of Applikon Biotechnology in Delft, the Netherlands will be opened by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. The grand opening will be attended by (inter)national customers, business relations,(inter)national officials, scientific relations and the entire team of the Applikon Biotechnology in the Netherlands.The new production facility has been operational for several months and the festivities planned on December 4th are to celebrate this achievement and to officially mark this further step in the development and growth of the company. Arthur Oudshoorn, Managing Director of Applikon Biotechnology, and his dedicated team are proud and happy with these new premises which house the state-of-the-art warehouse and production facilities, R&D laboratory space and offices for approximately 100 employees.In this new facility, Applikon Biotechnology is now able to provide a complete range of bioreactor systems ranging from micro liter research volumes up to 15.000 liter production systems for pharmaceutical and biotechnological applications.
Applikon Biotechnology BV (Delft, Netherlands) is a privately owned leading supplier of bioreactor systems for the pharmaceutical and the biotechnological market. We specialize in novel technologies in cultivation systems, measurement and control for the biopharmaceutical industry. In the past years, Applikon Biotechnology has built up a broad portfolio of unique bioprocessing devices for both cell culture and microbial cultivation, and this has considerably set us apart from the competition.

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Collective complaint to the European Committee of Social Rights

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 12 luglio 2013

The Committee of the European Social Charter of the Council of Europe (Strasbourg) has declared admissible a case on the situation of undocumented migrants in the Netherlands, presented by the Conference of European Churches (CEC). Upon request of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands (PCN), the Conference of European Churches (CEC) has submitted on 17 January 2013 a “collective complaint” to the European Committee of Social Rights (called below “the Committee”) of the Council of Europe (CoE), which seat is in Strasbourg.
CEC is one of the organisations authorized to lodge a collective complaint under the Revised Social Charter.”If a country really lacks resources, the international community must step in. The Netherlands is however a rich country. Expensive medical assistance is in principle available, whilst food and shelter is denied. Rejection of the destitute has nothing to do with the public recourses of the Netherlands. The State refuses to meet international standards to which it has voluntarily decided to bind itself, complying not even with the minimum core obligations.” told Rev. Richard Fischer from the Church and Society Commission of CEC

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Parliament to launch in-depth inquiry into US surveillance programmes

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 5 luglio 2013

Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee will conduct an “in-depth inquiry” into the US surveillance programmes, including the bugging of EU premises and other spying allegations, and present its results by the end of this year, says a resolution passed by the full House on Thursday. The Parliament President and political group leaders formally confirmed the launch of the inquiry. MEPs also call for more protection for whistleblowers.In the resolution, approved by 483 votes to 98 with 65 abstentions, MEPs express serious concern over PRISM and other surveillance programmes, strongly condemn spying on EU representations and call on the US authorities to provide them with full information on these allegations without further delay.Parliament also expresses grave concern about allegations that similar surveillance programmes are run by several EU member states, such as the UK, Sweden, The Netherlands, Germany and Poland. It urges them to examine whether those programmes are compatible with EU law.The Civil Liberties Committee inquiry will gather information and evidence from both US and EU sources and present its conclusions in a resolution by the end of the year. It will assess the impact of the alleged surveillance activities on EU citizens’ right to privacy and data protection, freedom of expression, the presumption of innocence and the right to an effective remedy.MEPs involved in the inquiry will table recommendations to prevent similar cases in future and step up IT security in the EU institutions, bodies and agencies.MEPs stress the need for “procedures allowing whistleblowers to unveil serious violations of fundamental rights” and the importance of providing such people with the protection they need, including at international level.MEPs call on the European Commission, the Council of Ministers and EU countries to consider possible recourse to all levers at their disposal in negotiations with the US, including suspending the current air passenger and bank data deals (Passenger Name Record and Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme, respectively).EU data protection standards should not be undermined as a result of the EU-US trade deal, warns the resolution, adding that it would be “unfortunate” if EU-US trade talks were to be affected by such allegations.Parliament calls on EU countries to speed up their work on the whole data protection package and urges the Commission and the US authorities to resume negotiations on the data protection agreement without delay. The final deal must ensure that EU citizens’ access to the US judicial system is equal to that enjoyed by US citizens, it adds.

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Hybrid Heat Pumps Create New Opportunities in the Retrofit Sector

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 gennaio 2013

Edinburgh, Scotland Heat pumps sales in Europe have flat-lined for the last few years. Hybrids – a combined electric air-source heat pump plus a gas boiler, will open up new opportunities, enabling electric heat pumps to compete with conventional gas boilers – a potentially huge market with 8 million installations per year across Europe. Hybrids also offer opportunities to decarbonise the off-gas grid sector (i.e. when combined with oil boilers).New in depth research on hybrid heat pumps by Delta-ee, which analyses the current market and outlook for hybrids, indicates that the best potential for hybrids with gas boilers lies in markets such as the UK, The Netherlands and Germany. Four of the five biggest boiler companies in Europe are already offering a hybrid, and there are already nearly 20 different hybrid products on the market. Sales could increase tenfold to 2020, from close to 10,000 per year across Europe today. Five reasons why hybrids will open up the residential on-gas retrofit market:
Customer economics: The upfront cost of a hybrid is significantly lower than for an electric heat pump alone. Further, where the heat pump works predominantly for space heating, and the boiler provides hot water, running cost savings can be achieved through hybrids compared to a boiler alone.
Consumer acceptance: Hybrids using a gas boiler could be far easier to sell to both customers and traditional heating installers than a pure heat pump – gas is familiar and trusted, particularly in gas-dominated markets like the Netherlands, UK and parts of Germany (as shown in Delta-ee’s report for ENA). Could re-naming the system from “hybrid heat pump” to “hybrid boiler” further increase appeal?
Retrofitability: A wide range of hybrid system designs fit with a wide range of building types. Emerging compact integrated products which may be able to directly replace combi boilers could open up mass market opportunities. Un-integrated products where the heat pump can be retrofitted to an existing boiler, open up new market opportunities to ‘up-sell’ existing heating systems.
Lower carbon than a boiler: Hybrids can play a role in decarbonising heat – by offering a lower carbon alternative to a gas or oil boiler, and potentially even saving carbon relative to a pure HP.
Reducing grid impact: ‘Smart’ operation of hybrids (the ability to switch away from electricity at peak times) increases electricity system flexibility & helps manage grid congestion. Therefore, hybrids reduce grid impact relative to full electrification. The value of hybrids to the electricity grid as we move towards a low carbon future could be immense.

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Aeon Astron Europe B.V., Receives Grants Up to EURO 500,000 from AgentschapNL

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 16 febbraio 2012

Leiden Netherlands (PRNewswire) Aeon Astron Europe B.V., has been awarded a governmental grant up to EURO 500,000 from AgentschapNL, Dept. of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands for its Biolens projects to begin development of a multipurpose collagen-based ophthalmic lens for use in refractive correction, corneal repair and drug carrier. The AgentschapNL program is an initiative of the Dept. of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands to encourage development of bold and unconventional global health solutions. Aeon Astron Europe B.V. was encouraged to propose a breakthrough development for the production of a unique multipurpose ophthalmic lens, which is made from naturally occurring collagen into a transparent and biocompatible form of a contact lens that can easily be placed on the surface of the eye. The future of this collagen-based Biolens is highly promising. The unique feature of providing corneal protection, refractive correction, drug delivery and the potential for better and faster wound healing may eventually make this Biolens a standard part of ophthalmic practice.
Aeon Astron Europe B.V. is a privately held international biotech company based in the Netherlands. At Aeon Astron, we are dedicated to discovering, developing, producing and marketing of state-of-art regenerative solutions to save lives and restore health. We serve the medical community around the world to help medical professionals advance the standard of care to meet unmet medical needs for patients. As a global provider of regenerative solutions, our product pipeline expands across the fields of ophthalmology, dentistry, orthopedic and general and plastic surgery, including Biocornea, Biolens, Biobone, long-lasting dermal filler and 2-in-1 dental plug membrane among others.

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Change of Command for NATO Group

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 25 gennaio 2012

Yesterday, in Taranto Naval Base, Italy Rear Admiral Gualtiero Mattesi (ITA N) handed over Command of the Standing NATO Maritime Group One to Commodore Ben Bekkering (NLD N).The Ceremony took place on board of the former flagship, ITS Andrea Doria and was presided over by the Deputy Commander of Maritime Command Northwood, Vice Admiral Hans-Jochen Witthauer. Platoons from ITS Andrea Doria as well as from the incoming ships, HMNLS De Ruyter (the Netherlands), FGS Rhoen (Germany) and HCMS Charlottetown (Canada) were in attendance.Photo captionLeft to right: Cdre Ben Bekkering, Vice Admiral Hans-Jochen Witthauer, Rear Admiral Gualtiero Mattesi (snmg)

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New Teijin Plant in the Netherlands Makes World’s Strongest Tape

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 13 ottobre 2011

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Arnhem. on the Emmtec grounds in Emmen, the Netherlands, Teijin Aramid opened its newest plant for the production of the world’s strongest tape, Endumax. By adding the new high-performance polyethylene tape (HP-PE) to its product portfolio, the Teijin Group has taken the next step toward global market leadership in super fibers & materials. For years, the Netherlands has played a dominant role in the global production of super fibers, including Teijin’s aramid fiber Twaron. Thanks to the unique properties of Endumax and the start of the production in Emmen, a new material can be added to the list. The aim is to obtain a global market share with Endumax of at least 15% by 2015. Production capacity will be 1,000 tons a year before the end of 2012. Teijin has again invested dozens of millions of euros for the production of Endumax. A boost for the economy in the northern part of the country and provides dozens of extra jobs in the area.
Endumax-tape is made from a special type of polyethylene (UHMWPE) and is 11x stronger than steel at the same weight, while its stiffness is comparable to carbon fiber. The tape is extremely strong, chemical resistant, not brittle, light in weight and can easily and effectively be used in thin and flat structures. It will play a significant role in making various materials stronger and lighter. For example, it will be used for bulletproof plates, tubes, high performance synthetic plates as well as narrow tapes for cut-resistant gloves, ropes and nets, among other things.

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Nato: Piracy mission handover

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 7 agosto 2010

Whilst NATO warships continue to patrol in the Gulf of Aden in the counter piracy mission, Operation Ocean Shield, the two flagships from Standing NATO Maritime Groups 1 (SNMG1) and 2 (SNMG2) met in Djibouti for an operational handover. Since the 30th of June Commodore Michiel Hijmans (Royal Netherlands Navy) has been in charge of the NATO counter piracy Task Force and today he passed this command to Commodore Christian Rune (Royal Danish Navy).   On completion of the handover, Commodore Hijmans said: “Trying to locate and identify a small pirate skiff amongst large numbers of small craft conducting their legitimate business in one of the world busiest shipping lanes is a real challenge. It is a careful balancing act of concentrating our resources where they are most needed whilst providing protection and reassurance elsewhere and I am very confident that SNMG1, under the command of Commodore Rune, is up to the task. By rotating the groups, NATO demonstrates its commitment towards counter piracy operations.”   Upon assuming command of Operation Ocean Shield, Commodore Rune said: “My staff and I will do our outmost to keep up the good work done by Commodore Hijmans and SNMG2. It is an honourable task to contribute to the creation of a safer environment for all in this area. My staff and I are eager to start the work and establish good relationships with our counterparts in the region.
NATO has contributed to the international counter piracy effort off the Horn of Africa since December 2008.   NATO has recently announced its continuing commitment to counter-piracy by extending Operation Ocean Shield to December 2012.  NATO Task Forces currently in Operation Ocean Shield:  HDMS ESBERN SNARE (Flagship) – Denmark HNLMS DE ZEVEN PROVINCIËN – The Netherlands USS KAUFFMAN – United States of America

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Command of Standing Nato Maritime Group 2

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 2 luglio 2010

The Netherlands assumed command of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2). Commodore Michiel B. Hijmans (RNLN) took over from Commodore Steve J. Chick (RN) during a ceremony in Safaga, Egypt overseen by the Chief of Staff of the NATO Maritime Component Command in Naples, Rear Admiral Bruce N. Williams (RN).   The ceremony took place on board of HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën which became the new flagship of the Group. The former flagship, HMS Chatham, was also present in Safaga. Currently SNMG2 is conducting NATO’s counter piracy mission, Operation Ocean Shield, in the waters of the Gulf of Aden and the Somali Basin.   Rear Admiral Williams said: “Whilst all here, have their eyes first and foremost fixed on the task closest at hand, Operation Ocean Shield, it is critical we recognise the scope and complexity of the SNMG2’s mission as a whole. From sustaining the task group as Immediate Reaction Forces, as part of NATO’s High Readiness maritime capabilities, to the enduring and resolute anti-terrorism modus operandi of Operation Active Endeavour in the Mediterranean to the much higher and immediate tempo of Operation Ocean Shield off the Horn of Africa, to the sustained efforts to develop stronger worldwide partnerships for NATO.”  After Commodore Hijmans assumed command, he said: “I am extremely proud to take over from my predecessor Commodore Steve Chick, who over the past year has done a splendid job as Commander SNMG2. I am confident that we can maintain the same level of effectiveness that you and your staff have displayed, and I am sure that Task Force 508, consisting of the flagship HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën, USS Cole and TCG Gelibolu, will continue to successfully deter piracy activities off the Horn of Africa and provide safe passage for merchant shipping in the Gulf of Aden.”
NATO has contributed to the international counter piracy effort off the Horn of Africa since December 2008.  The mission has expanded from escorting UN and World Food Programme Shipping under Operation Allied Provider to protecting merchant traffic in the Gulf of Aden under Operation Allied Protector.  In addition to these activities and as part of the latest mission, Operation Ocean Shield, NATO is offering  countries in the region, upon their request, to help develop their own capacity to combat piracy.  This complements the existing international efforts as coordinated with the Contact Group on Piracy off the coast of Somalia (CGPCS).

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