Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Other Transport Equipment
30.1 - Building of ships and boats

300 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
12 November 2020
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Dutch shipbuilding company Royal IHC is cutting 300 jobs in the Netherlands. Jobs cuts will mainly occur in office positions, leaving blue-collar workers largely unaffected by the restructuring. The company states that the office organisation had become too large in anticipation of ambitious targets for the expansion of the company. Restructuring of the organisation is necessary to return to profitability in 2021.

The interim CEO says that in addition to the large losses on three ships, the COVID-19 pandemic and the adverse market for dredging and offshore ships also played a role. Employee representatives expressed disappointment but understood the decision given the financial situation of the company. The news was not unexpected. A social plan is in place.

Overall, Royal IHC will cut 600 out of 3000 jobs, including 200 in the United Kingdom. The reorganisation follows after the company was refinanced earlier this year to prevent bankruptcy.


  • 12 November 2020: Het Financieele Dagblad (fd.nl)
  • 12 November 2020: NOS (nos.nl)


Eurofound (2020), Royal IHC, Internal restructuring in Netherlands, factsheet number 102596, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/102596.