Sunday 22 May 2022

Housing corporation makes €230m loss on passenger ship

A former passenger liner, bought by a Rotterdam housing corporation and turned into a hotel and restaurant complex for almost €260m, has been finally sold to a hotel group.

WestCord hotels paid almost €30m for the SS Rotterdam, which will remain in its present location, Nos television said.
The political row following the purchase of the ship by housing group Woonbron led to the resignation of its chairman. The housing ministry ordered the sale.
Woonbron bought the SS Rotterdam in 2005, saying at the time the sale and renovation would cost €6m.

Thank you for donating to

The team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation in recent weeks. Your financial support has helped us to expand our coverage of the coronavirus crisis into the evenings and weekends and make sure you are kept up to date with the latest developments. has been free for 14 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.

If you have not yet made a donation, but would like to, you can do so via Ideal, credit card or Paypal.