Heerema Marine Sets up Shop in Groningen, Netherlands

Leiden-based offshore company Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) has opened an office in Groningen. HMC hopes by having an office in Groningen it will be an attractive employer for technically educated people in the north of the Netherlands.

HMC was recently awarded a number of large projects, among these the dismantling and removal of nine platforms in the North Sea. These projects demand a thorough technical preparation and supervision to guarantee an effective and safe execution. This leads to an increase in the demand for properly qualified technical personnel. Research has shown that there is an adequate pool of resources with a technical background and some work experience in the north of the Netherlands. By opening an office in Groningen, HMC will have access to a pool of potential new hires outside the main urban centers in the west of the Netherlands.

"In a short period we hired eight new people, especially engineers and draftsmen," said Fre Olthof, manager of the Groningen office. "Several of them were looking for a challenging technical position, but didn't want to move to the west of the Netherlands. We offer these people a new challenge in an international industry, which is developing rapidly." By the end of 2008 HMC needs 15 people working in Groningen, and early next year 25.

HMC will move into an office at 87D Peizerweg, Groningen. Required IT infrastructure and CAD stations for the draftsmen are being installed. The office building meets all modern demands. The building can be reached easily by car and public transport and has modern fitness facilities.