HRH Prince Edward The Earl of Wessex on May 17th officially opened a new office of ICE during a visit to Split, Croatia. His Royal Highness, who was in Split to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Croatia’s NATO membership, also met with local Government officials and armed forces representatives.
Commenting on the opening ceremony, ICE’s Chairman, Steinar Draegebo, said: “His Royal Highness showed great interest in our ship design activities and in how we use state-of-the-art software to design complex ships. The arrangement in Split included a dinner for local dignitaries onboard the HMS Duncan, a Royal Navy destroyer visiting Split. I took great pleasure in informing His Royal Highness that ICE, at its erstwhile office in Wallsend, England, had designed parts of that class of ships as a subcontractor to BAE Systems”.
The new office in Croatia will enable ICE to provide interesting local employment opportunities to new graduates as well as to experienced naval architects. Expatriate Croatian ship designers who wish to return to Split will be a particular target for employment. ICE will thus strengthen the area’s overall ship design capacity, for the benefit of local as well as world-wide customers.
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