The offshore industry is, compared to the other marine industries, quite young, but the North Sea and the Netherlands play a significant role in its development. Not surprising one of the worlds’ fastest growing offshore energy exhibition will be taking place on 28 and 29 October in the Amsterdam RAI. Offshore Energy shows growth every year and this year is no different, exhibitors and visitors can expect many familiar and also new features. The October/November special of Maritime by Holland Magazine therefore focusses on offshore energy. Furthermore, Edward Heerema, president of Allseas provided the guest column and George Galloway, business development director of The Well Academy features in our ‘The vision of…’ series. This issue also contains two ship descriptions, one of hybrid propelled Karina and the other is sail training clipper Shabab Oman II.