Multraship’s Kees Muller is knighted by Netherlands for services to maritime sector

by Hans | February 13th, 2011

KEES Muller, of leading towage and salvage specialist Multraship, has received a knighthood from Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in recognition of his contribution over many years to promoting the maritime sector in general – and Multraship and the port of Terneuzen in particular – and for his charitable work. Kees (Cornelis Levinus) Muller received his decoration as a Knight in the Order of Oranje Nassau from Jan Lonink, Mayor of Terneuzen, on February 4, 2011, during the christening celebrations for Multraship’s two latest tugs, Multratug 3 and Multratug 18. The Royal Order is traditionally bestowed on the official birthday of the Queen of the Netherlands, but an exception was made on this occasion to mark Kees’s 50th anniversary in the industry.  

Multraship is 26 years old this year, having been started by Kees Muller and his wife, Heleen, who has provided unwavering help and support through good times and bad.  Now 66 years of age, Kees has transferred the daily management of Multraship to his children and family, but still retains a strong interest in the business and in the industry it serves.

Multraship managing director Leendert Muller says, “We are all delighted that Kees has been recognised in this way, which is also an acknowledgement of the achievements of Multraship and of the Muller family, which has been involved in the towage and salvage sector now for over a hundred years.”   l Multraship is a leading Dutch towage and salvage company. It draws on a century of experience in the maritime sector. Multraship’s core operations include salvage, wreck removal, harbour towage, coastal and deep-sea towage, services to the dredging, offshore and wind-farm industries, and support for inland navigation. It operates and manages a large fleet of tugs, salvage vessels, floating sheerlegs and other craft equipped with modern towage, salvage and fire-fighting equipment and manned by experienced and highly-trained masters and crew. www.multraship.com

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