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Naval Architect of Royal Roos Awarded

Tuesday 10 December, Zakaria Sachhi, Naval Architect at Royal Roos has won both the KNVTS Maritime Student Award and the Verolme ‘Best of the Best’ Graduate Award, with his thesis on an offshore barge connected lifting tool to efficiently decommission wind turbines by pulling instead of cutting.

The thesis was carried out for Rotterdam based marine engineering company Royal Roos. Mr Willem Laros, Chairman of the Assessment Committee of the Verolme Trust Foundation found the graduation thesis to contain a well thought out solution, showing a forward-looking approach, having societal relevance and being circular. “Nowadays offshore windfarms are being built rapidly. Therefore we also have to start thinking of ways to remove them in the future to prevent ending up in discussions like in the past related to the removal of oil and gas platforms”, Mr Laros says.

Mr Sachhi graduated from Rotterdam Mainport University of Applied Sciences with a BA in Maritime Technology, who nominated him for the awards. After his graduation period at Royal Roos he immediately started working there as a Naval Architect. Royal Roos, inventor of the lifting tool concept is very proud of its former graduate student, current employee and colleague Mr Sacchi with this result.