Petition update

Allseas backs down and is changing the name of the ship

John Donovan
United Kingdom

Feb 6, 2015 — FRIDAY 6 FEBRUARY 2015

Associated Press has confirmed that after protests, the Allseas a Dutch-Swiss maritime engineering company said Friday it will change the name of a giant ship that had been christened after a convicted Nazi.

Allseas Group said that due to the “widespread reactions” Edward Heerema has announced that the name of the vessel will be changed.

“It has never been the intention to offend anyone,” the company said in a statement.

Earlier Friday, the company said it had no plans to change the name. The new name was not immediately announced.

“Wonderful, wonderful news. You’ve made my day,” Esther Voet of Dutch Jewish group CIDI said when she was told of the name change.

CIDI supported my petition to rename the ship.

My sincere thanks to everyone who signed the petition.

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