DEN HELDER, the Netherlands – The falling oil prices have caused the number of offshore oil and gas vessels entering the Port of Den Helder in the Netherlands to fall by 10%, port officials said in a recent statement.
The number of incoming vessels dropped from 2,776 to 2,522 between 2014 and 2015. However, since early 2015, the primary offshore logistics hub for the southern North Sea has been steadily working with several key partners toward an intervention plan to counteract the impact of the oil price decline.
Crucial to the development of proposed activities is available space. With construction approved and imminent at offshore business service hub Kooypunt IIIa and the waterfront development of the Kooyhaven business area due to be finalized at the end of 2016, the Port of Den Helder said it will be in a position to offer such space. Both of these locations are situated in the immediate vicinity of Den Helder Airport.
Port officials expect Kooyhaven will provide a strong boost to the local economy. As the seaport has limited available space, harbor-related suppliers and other facilitating companies that will be attracted to the area by established companies can then locate themselves in Kooyhaven.
Work is also under way to address the matter of parking drilling rigs in the harbor, with a study being carried out to investigate the feasibility of such a scheme.