The release of the frozen container ship the Ever Given in the Suez Canal is monitored worldwide as if it were a film. The images of the giant ship across the canal, combined with the huge economic and logistical interests that play in the background, also create an exciting plot. “We need Superman to light the ship,” said a commentator last week.
Superman came in the form of the Dutch company Boskalis, which was commissioned for the salvage. Former director of subsidiary Smit Salvage, Hans van Rooij, tells in podcast De Dag how agreements are made about the financial settlement with a few phone calls. In this case, it has probably been agreed that the sooner the ship is loose, the higher the bonus for Boskalis is.
Dutch salvage companies are almost always involved in the big, international jobs. Van Rooij has been around for decades and gives a glimpse into a world of complex problems, big interests and sometimes dangerous circumstances.
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