Maritime suppliers are companies that supply products or (technical) services to the maritime sector in a broad sense. Customers are, for example, shipyards, shipping companies and maritime service providers. The products that are supplied vary from electrical and mechanical installations to coatings and interior construction. The services range from engineering services and maintenance services to project management or safety analysis. Measured in terms of maritime employment and turnover, these companies represent the vast majority of the sector. Some of these 660 companies that are active as maritime suppliers work fully for the maritime cluster. A substantial part of the companies is active both within and outside the sector. In 2019, the maritime suppliers employed 19,780 people. Sales in 2019 amounted to € 8.3 billion (2018: also € 8.2 billion). Exports are extremely important in this sector. The export value of goods is estimated at € 3.3 billion in 2019.
Impact COVID-19 on Maritime suppliers:
The maritime suppliers are connected to a large number of other sectors within the maritime cluster. The functioning of the sector is therefore related to how things are going in those sectors. From the discussions conducted for this monitor, as well as impact estimates by third parties, these sectors also appear to have been affected. Orders are being postponed and especially during the first months of the Covid crisis, companies have suffered a lot from supply chain disruption due to downtime factories in other countries or problems getting goods to the Netherlands or abroad.