The Maritime Research Institute of the Netherlands (MARIN) will combine its defense-related expertise as of 1 July in a new Defence department. The aim is to properly coordinate defense activities MARIN-wide with Dutch, NATO and EU Defence partners, to optimally contribute with MARIN’s knowledge contributes to an effective navy of the future. Pepijn de Jong, currently team lead Navy in the Ships department, will lead the new and growing department.
Bas Buchner, president of MARIN: ‘A good organization of defense work fits in with our mission and strategy. The Royal Netherlands Navy was one of the founders of MARIN, so we have been involved in defense research from its foundation. A free, safe and clean sea of the future is still our vision. This vision does not only include zero-emission ships, sustainable energy and food at sea, smart digital ships and innovative infrastructure, but also ships for a safe and free sea. The world depends on free and open sea routes, while the development of sustainable energy at sea is an important component in the energy transition and it is vulnerable to aggression. Free and sustainable use of the sea requires protection and defense when necessary. That is what the Royal Netherlands Navy and Coast Guard stand for and we want to contribute to that with our knowledge.’
Pepijn de Jong, Defence Department manager: ‘We want to contribute to the maximum maritime-operational deployment of the navy of the future. That is broader than hydrodynamics, it is about how ships can be used effectively and safely in operations on, in and from the sea. We do this by combining our hydrodynamic knowledge base with our knowledge development in the field of emission-free sailing, Human Factors, new numerical and digital methods, data science and new concepts, such as autonomous underwater and above water systems. With new facilities such as the Zero Emission Lab and the Seven Ocean Simulator Centre, new opportunities are created to support the Royal Netherlands Navy, defense partner organizations and the wider defense market with applied research aimed at this optimal operational deployment. With the new Defence department, we are an unambiguous point of contact that is well prepared for the specific challenges for the Royal Netherlands Navy and within the broader defense sector.”