2014 was a year with ups and downs for the maritime industry. In the last issue of 2014 branch organisations and professionals from the industry reflect on the past year. Their outlooks differ, but nonetheless everybody’s vision remains positive. Furthermore, Hans Huis in ‘t Veld, chairman of Topsector Water, also provided his outlook on the year to come in the guest column. The ship descriptions in this issue are about the self-propelled cutter suction dredger Al Bahar and the series of new coastal survey vessels for Fugro, named Fugro Proteus, Pioneer and Frontier.