Maritime Museum Rotterdam to stage first offshore exhibition

New exhibition brings offshore ashore as the search for energy becomes an experience 

As the worldwide transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy continues apace, the Maritime Museum Rotterdam is opening the ‘Offshore Experience’ December 16th in the presence of Marjan van Loon, President Director of Shell Netherlands. The exhibition is the first ever in the Netherlands about the offshore sector, in which the country is a major player: Holland’s modern-day maritime prowess, yet at the same time unknown and unloved among the general public. In this project, the Maritime Museum is not only providing a spectacular overview of the search for oil, gas and wind energy at sea, but also setting an innovative course in research, collection policy, education and funding.
The Offshore Experience will be open for public on December 17th. 

Maritime rocketscience
Energy is hugely important for the economy and essential for our daily lives. Without energy, we could not recharge our mobile phones, put fuel in our cars or cook our food. A lot of the energy comes from oil, gas or wind and is obtained at sea; offshore. Dutch companies are in demand throughout the world for complex high-tech offshore projects in the most dynamic conditions. After all, just how do you construct a wind turbine at sea? How do you position a 30,000-ton platform on the sea bed, accurate to the centimetre? And how do you prevent gas leaks at 3 km depth? The question for the future is not whether we will be able to drill deeper or under increasingly difficult circumstances, but about how we can be more sustainable. In a world where everyone has an opinion on energy, the Maritime Museum is offering its visitors a unique experience about energy production at sea, both now and in the future.

Visitors can experience what it is like at sea and 3 km below the surface
In the Offshore Experience, young and adult visitors go on a challenging search at sea for energy. Wearing a safety vest and a helmet, you'll think you're on board an offshore platform in the middle of the sea. A 360° film projection stimulates the senses. Ships come and go and helicopters land. Models of the newest and most advanced offshore ships, built specifically for the exhibition, demonstrate their capabilities to the visitors. Offshore employees offer a glimpse into their lives at sea and there are simulations so that visitors can experience for themselves how drillers, crane drivers, wind turbine specialists and helicopter pilots manage to do their spectacular jobs on the open sea, in a constant battle with the elements. A lift takes visitors down to a mysterious undersea world, from just below the surface to a depth of 3 km. The adventure ends in the future. Visitors vote for the best sustainable idea for producing energy at sea.

Game changer
The Maritime Museum’s Offshore Experience is a game changer in the world of maritime museums. As well as developing the exhibition, the museum is also expanding the limits of the Dutch maritime heritage by adding offshore to its collection policy. It is carrying out extensive research into the history of the offshore sector in collaboration with Erasmus University and setting an innovative course in terms of technology education and project funding. Over fortyfive companies from the offshore sector plus a large number of funds are financing two-thirds of the project, as well as contributing knowledge and items for the collection. The Offshore Experience can also be programmed as an educational location for primary, secondary and vocational education. The exhibition is the basis of a new technology education programme in the museum that is in line with the National Technology Pact 2020. This is an agreement in which the government and social partners are setting out a long-term approach for increasing the numbers of technically skilled professionals.

The Offshore Experience is going to be on show in the Maritime Museum Rotterdam for seven years and will be updated yearly.

The Maritime Museum would like to thank the partners of the Offshore Experience for their contributions, both financially and in terms of content:

Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors B.V., IRO, Royal IHC, Huisman, Heerema Marine Contractors, Tideway Offshore Solutions, SBM Offshore N.V., Bluewater Energy Services B.V., Wärtsilä Netherlands B.V., Allseas Group S.A., Seaway Heavy Lifting, Oranje-Nassau Energie B.V., Teijin Aramid B.V., Saab Seaeye Ltd., JB Systems, MARIN, Jumbo, Smulders Group, Peterson, ENGIE E&P Nederland B.V., HSM Offshore B.V., GustoMSC B.V., TOS Netherlands B.V., STC-Group, Vroon B.V., Navingo B.V., Volker Staal en Funderingen B.V., Van Beest B.V, RedWave BV, Nature Group, RH Marine Netherlands B.V., Gunneman Group IMO, VSTEP B.V., InterDam B.V., Sif Group B.V., Viking Life-Saving Equipment B.V., Hydac B.V., Primo Marine, Falck, Intramar Insurances, Batenburg Mechatronica B.V., Dräger Nederland B.V., Halliburton B.V., International Paint (Nederland) B.V. onderdeel van AkzoNobel, Scheepvaartkrant, AncoferWaldram Steelplates B.V., Bureau Veritas Marine Netherlands B.V., Stemat B.V., Koninklijke Niestern Sander Scheepsbouw B.V., Fugro N.V., IHC Hytec B.V., Rederij Groen, TNO, Ulstein Design & Solutions B.V., CHC Helicopters Netherlands B.V.

BankGiro Loterij, Mondriaan Fonds, Stichting VSBfonds, Stichting Bevordering van Volkskracht, G.Ph. Verhagen-Stichting, Stichting Zabawas, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Stichting Ondersteuningsfonds N.I.S.S., Vaderlandsch Fonds ter Aanmoediging van 's-Lands Zeedienst, Van Cappellen Stichting, Erasmusstichting, Stichting Swart-van Essen, Directie der Oostersche Handel en Rederijen, Dorus Rijkers Fonds, Stichting Job Dura Fonds, Janivo Stichting, Stichting Doelwijk, Van der Mandele Stichting, M.A.O.C. Gravin van Bylandt Stichting, STOER, NSGK, Stichting Physico, Rotterdamse Stichting Blindenbelangen, Stichting Blindenhulp, Landelijke Stichting voor Blinden en Slechtzienden.