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90th anniversary

January 25th 1926, Boatmen Association De Koperen Ploeg was founded. 90 years of Excellent Nautical Service To Shipping in de Port of Amsterdam.

 

ISO 9001

On 29 December, we have received the official announcement. That classification society DNV GL has certified Boatmen Association DE KOPEREN PLOEG under ISO 9001 for our new quality management system.

 

Boatmen Association De Koperen Ploeg renews AEO-status

Boatmen Association De Koperen Ploeg has had its full Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status renewed by the Dutch customs authority for a further three years. In 2011, De Koperen Ploeg became the first European nautical technical service provider company to obtain full AEO status. The recent audit process is part of the regular re-evaluation that is required to maintain the certificate. Full AEO status is awarded to businesses that have proved themselves to be compliant, trustworthy, safe, and secure.

After good experiences with the performances of our mooring launches KP 17 and KP 18.

Monday the 17th of August we proudly took delivery of mooring launch KP19 from Merweland Jachtbouw, which also will be operational for ship mooring and unmooring services in the port of Amsterdam.

We inform you that as of 31 December 2012 our new general terms & conditions - Netherlands Boatmen’s Terms and Conditions 2012, “NBC 2012” apply to all our services.

The NBC 2012 replace the Nederlandse Bootlieden Condities 2002 (the 2002 Rules & Regulations of the Dutch Boatmen’s association).

Solar

Since december 2014 our new operations centre is operational. It has been fitted with the most up-to-date equipment in the field of telecommunication and data processing. This keeps us fully informed of all shipping movements. In our daily business we have good operational contacts with the port authorities, all local terminals and shipping agents which helps us to maintain a reliable and efficient “real 24/7 service”.

Solar

After earlier good experiences with the performances of our existing mooring launch KP17. # De Koperen Ploeg proudly took delivery of a new mooring launch named KP18 from #Merweland Jachtbouw. The third in line KP19 has been ordered already, and is to be expected for delivery from Merweland Jachtbouw in April 2015.

Solar powered

Solar

Since March 2014 we have installed 74 solar power panels on the rooftop of our storage facility. This new capacity of clean energy is our contribution to a cleaner environment.

New general terms & conditions

We inform you that as of 31 December 2012 our general terms & conditions - Netherlands Boatmen’s Terms and Conditions 2012, “NBC 2012” apply to all our services.

The NBC 2012 replace the Nederlandse Bootlieden Condities 2002 (the 2002 Rules & Regulations of the Dutch Boatmen’s association).

Mooring launch KP 18

Warehouse

Merwelands Jachtbouw Rotterdam B.V. is awarded for building a second new highly reliable mooring vessel. The first vessel met completely to our expectations so we decided to order a second one. The ship will also be build as a mooring vessel with the highest requirements concerning safety, environment and equipment. It will be provided with two watertight compartments and a CCR-2 John Deere engine.

Mooring launch KP11

Warehouse

We are very pleased to announce that the keel laying ceremony of our new ordered mooring launch KP11 has taken place on Wednesday the 3th of April. Will be operational autumn 2012.

Ship Store Warehouse 12 officially commissioned

Warehouse

Again during a very pleasant and busy New Year's gathering on board the River Queen. Our president did a short report in his speech regarding the progress of affairs in the past year. Subsequently, Aart Hiemstra the Deputy Harbour Master of the Port of Amsterdam was invited to perform the official act for the commissioning of our new expanded Ship Store Warehouse 12. In 1997 Aart Hiemstra was one of the founding fathers of the Nautical Technical Centre as we already inhabit since June 1998. Back then the three young daughters of former Executive Director Shipping Cor Oudendijk, Aart Hiemstra and our former President Rob Blok lay the first three bricks.

New building mooring launch

Merweland Shipyard Rotterdam has been awarded the order by Boatmen Association De Koperen Ploeg for building a new mooring launch. It will complement our operational fleet in 2012.

New warehouse in operational use

On Thursday the 27th of October 2011. Boatmen Association De Koperen Ploeg took its new ship store warehouse operational. In addition to our ship mooring services, since the mid 70's we are also more than successful in the port of Amsterdam in providing barge services. Since than our role in the logistic chain of many ship supplier company's is to function as a reliable extension. We feel it as our responsibility to safeguard the quality of goods and service for our joint customers. Because of that success and appreciation of our service we have recognized the need to expand our warehouse. We are particularly proud of our high tech refrigeration and freezing facility. Backed by a highly motivated team and a wide network for us this expansion is a valuable asset and we are convinced that it will contribute in the further expansion of our overall services. Since 18th of October 2011. Boatmen Association De Koperen Ploeg is also officially appointed by the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority as a special warehouse.

Building works storage expanding started.

On the early morning of Wednesday 25th of April 2011 we started piling works for our new to build ship stores storage facility. Our existing onshore storage facility is about to be expanded whit 2/3 extra storage space including separate cool and freezing facility.
It is planned to be operational in approximately 15 weeks.

Boatmen Association De Koperen Ploeg obtains AEO-status

On Wednesday 20 April 2011 De Koperen Ploeg officially received as the first European nautical technical service provider the combined AEO certificate from the Dutch customs authorities. Two representatives of the Dutch customs authorities Amsterdam Mr. Rentenaar and Mr. Zuidam presented the certificate to President Michael Schotte and treasurer/quality manager Jeffrey Götz van der Vet. Beside the specialization of mooring and unmooring De Koperen Ploeg offers a 24/7 transport and storage service of Shipstores for its customers. With gaining this certificate beside the already existing certifications as for example the recently upgraded ISO 9001:2008 certificate, a new milestone in the 85 year existence of the cooperative has been gained.

The AEO certificate is comparable to the C-TPAT certification in the United States and covers both customs simplifications and security in the European Union. The certificate has been given to us after an accurate audit aiming to verify the compliancy with customs rules, safety standards level and financial health. For all the above reasons this certificate proves that Boatmen Association “De Koperen Ploeg” is a reliable operator meeting EU laws in terms of customs, finance and safety by all the EU customs authorities.

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ISO certification 9001:2008

We are very pleased to confirm that on 15 November 2010 Boatmen Association De Koperen Ploeg W.A. has successfully completed re-certification Audits, confirming to the latest standards, and has qualified under ISO 9001:2008 Quality Standards.

OCEAN ORC loaded with two inland vessels

Semi-submersible barge Ocean Orc was sailed Amsterdam 16-10-2010. Under a contract arranged through Anchor Marine Transportation, the barge was loaded with 2 inland vessels destined for Belem, Brazil. A boatmen rigger crew of the Amsterdam Boatmen Association De Koperen Ploeg W.A. was hired for assistance positioning the 2 barges and brought the barge and its cargo safe out to sea.