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With the structure empty for 10 years the Dutch Government used the REM Island for oceanic survey work between 1974 - 2004 after which the REM island was advertised for sale

REM just before removal from sea 1

37. REM just before removal from sea

REM just before removal from sea 2

38. REM just before removal from sea

REM just before removal from sea 3

39. REM just before removal from sea

REM just before removal from sea 4

40. REM just before removal from sea

REM just before removal from sea 5

41. REM just before removal from sea

Martin Van der Ven offthe REM Island

42. Martin Van der Ven

43. Video Clip  - Trip to the REM Island

With no further planned use & unable to find a buyer the Dutch Government set about dismantling the structure in September 2006

Floatila moving REM Island base

44. Tugs & Crane Barge move REM Island base

A pair of Tugs & Crane Barge

45. Tugs & Crane Barge

Floatila moving REM Island base

46. Tugs & Lighter with crane jibs & counter balance

Top houses brought ashore Base brought ashore

47 & 48. The REM Island reaches Flushing Harbour

Close up of base

49. Accumulation of 47 years of weed

Base crustations & barnacles

50. Base with a good many crustations & barnacles

Top house

51. The Top Houses on a lighter in Flushing Harbour

Top house close up

52. Preparation for lifting ashore

Top house & crane jib close up

53. Substantial crane jib

The REM Island was to remain in Flushing for some years

Bought by the Houthaven Development Project in 2008 (The Key) then towed the platform to Feerwerd in the Provence of Groningen, where the structure was rebuilt with extra space for restaurant and other facilities

The REM Island is moved to Amsterdam Harbour

54. Video Clip - The REM Island leaves Feerwerd bound for Amsterdam in March 2011

Refurbished base

55. The refurbished base

Top house

56. Top House

Top house close up

57. Top House close-up

Top house close up with wood on deck

58. Wood on deck



59. Video Clip - Reflections on TV & Radio Noordzee

Refurbished Top Houses being craned onto base

60. The modified Top Houses being craned onto refubished base (April 2011)

REM in Amsterdam 1

61. REM Island in Amsterdam (May 2011)

REM in Amsterdam 2

62. REM Island in Amsterdam (May 2011)

REM in Amsterdam 3

63. REM Island in Amsterdam (May 2011)

REM in Amsterdam 4

64. REM Island in Amsterdam (May 2011)

REM in Amsterdam 5

65. REM Island in Amsterdam (May 2011)

REM in Amsterdam 6

66. REM Island in Amsterdam (May 2011)

The REM Island now forms part of the redevelopment of the old wood harbour

You'll find the REM at the end of pontoon #13 Remeiland, Haparandadam
Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1013 AK
(0131 020 570 2030) Map


67. Video Clip - REM Island in Amsterdam Harbour

The REM Island Restauarant Website

REM Island Pirate Restaurant

REM Island Restaurant : Review 1 : Review 2 : True Amsterdam

What did you think, was it good, prices reasonable, worth the experience?

With grateful thanks to Hans Knot for the photographs from his personal archive collection

Photographs have been published in goodwill with every effort made to contact owners of additional material supplied herein

We are grateful to Archive OEM, Huub from Zwolle, Jan Veldkamp, Jelle Boonstra, Martin van der Ven & Hans Knot

6th September 2011 - Thanks for the update and an excellent story on REM Island, much of which I didn't know! Much appreciated. Best regards, Francis Pullen, Cambridge

Thank you Francis - Ed

6th September 2011 - Very interesting about the REM platform, in the two years I was off-shore I never heard it mentioned. In fact, your story today was the first I had heard about it! What an amazing story. I’d love to do a doco about it. What did REM stand for?- Ian MacRae

The name 'Reklame Explotatie Maatschappij' translated into English is roughly 'Advertising Explotatie Society' - Ed

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