September 12th is the day! The Offshore Experience takes place at a unique location, the Kampanje on the Willemsoord site. This location, located in the heart of Den Helder, perfectly reflects the offshore sector. The rugged character, the application of sustainable innovation and being in contact with the natural elements wind and water.

A blue economy is becoming increasingly important with the enormous claim to space. So how can an offshore wind farm or gas platform share its space with fisheries or aquaculture? During the Offshore Experience you will gain knowledge about the most important topics of today's offshore challenges.

The Offshore Experience is intended for everyone who is active in the blue economy: for professionals, entrepreneurs and researchers. If you have an affinity with offshore energy, ecology, fishing or transport, we would like to see you on 12 September in Den Helder. By bringing the visitor into contact with the latest developments and the work 'outside' during the day, we want to enthuse and inform them extra.

The Offshore Experience programme consists of three parts: the Experiences; in-depth masterclasses and plenary sessions.


Opening Offshore Experience by chair of the day (Rogier Elshout) plenary session (Port Of Den Helder, Jacoba Bolderheij + Mayor of Den Helder, Jan de Boer) 

Keynote speech by HCSS on the 'High Value of the North Sea' Raport Security/ vulnerabilities in relation to value creation from the blue economy in the North Sea (Report High Value of The North sea) from the authors of the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) Frank Bekkers (programme director safety) 

Keynote follow-up: Security of the Dutch North Sea: From Analysis To Action

Follow up from the Programme Protection North Sea Infrastructure (Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat) about the current situation and plans to improve the security level of the Dutch North Sea Kees Schellens (programme director protection North Sea Infrastructure).

Panel: What are the responsibilities of Blue Economy sectors for ensuring security in the North Sea?

Panel discussion with prominent representatives of the sectors of the blue economy (Energy, Trade &Transport, Fishing & Aquacultue and Conservation)​ 

Panel members: Kees Schellens (programme director protection North Sea Infrastructure), Willem Bentinck (Dutch Pilots Corporation), Tim Heddema (President at Pelagic Freezer-trawler Association (PFA) & Redersvereniging voor de Zeevisserij (RVZ), Wytske Postma (Stichting De Noordzee) and Nicolien Vrisou van Eck (EBN)

10:00 - 11:00


Experiences and Coffee ​

11:00 – 11:45 allround


“Securing emerging blue business” - Nico Buytendijk and Erwin Coolen (CoP Noordzee) 

11:45 – 12:30

“How do we ensure energy security over time in the North Sea? The future of offshore energy” - René Peters (TNO)

11:45 – 12:30

"Ensuring The Blue Economy: Better Be Safe Than Sorry"​ - Nico de Wit (Intramar) 

11:45 – 12:30


Lunch ​

Made possible by CoP Noordzee

12:30 – 13:45 allround 


“The North Sea's role for our food security” - Caroline Verwijs (Krijn Verwijs)

13:45 – 14:30

"Safeguarding Biodiversity Beyond Offshore Wind Farms" - Atse van Pelt (Natuur & Milieu) Conny Groot (De Rijke Noordzee)

13:45 – 14:30

"The growing pains of offshore wind on the way to 50 GW by 2040" - Jasper Vis (SSE Renewables)

13:45 – 14:30


Side event 

"Navigating the Future: Mastering Security Scenarios in a Busier North Sea“​ - Bastiaan Maltha (Netherlands coastguard) 

13:45 - 15:00 


Tea and Experience

14:30 - 15:15 allround


Closing session and Masterclass Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in the North Sea: Reuse of Infrastructure for Energy Security and Climate Targets (powered by Neptune Energy)

15:15 – 16:15 plenary session


 Networking drinks - Opening by Pieter Kos (councilor Of Den Helder)

Made possible by Port of Den Helder 10th anniversary!