Shipbuilding in the Netherlands is closely interlaced, with approximately 670 suppliers providing services and marine equipment to national and international shipyards and other maritime organizations.
The ship equipment producers are partly depending on the offshore market, and therefore affected by the falling demand for new offshore vessels but since the European order book remains in a growing trend, 2017 is expected to be a better year than 2016. While the short-term perspective is bleak, the long-term trends suggest large growth opportunities for the equipment manufacturers. Offshore wind, maritime tourism, aquaculture and other maritime operations provide new growth opportunities for the industry. Fisheries, offshore wind and traditional maritime markets will increase their relative importance for the industry.