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Marine Sampling Holland B.V. (MSH) has a long history that started with the Geological Foundation (Geologische Stichting) in the mid- 60’s when a lot of geological knowledge of the North-Sea bottom was required for many infrastructural projects. During these years, a first impression of the top most meters of the North-Sea seabed was gained based on samples that were taken with vibrocorers built in-house. In 1968, the Geological Foundation was changed over to the Rijks Geologische Dienst (National Geological Survey of the Netherlands). Since that time, research of the North Sea and its seabed intensified, which was made possible by the deployment of ships owned by Rijkswaterstaat (the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management of the Netherlands).

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In co-operation with the business community, very advanced soil sampling systems were developed. In January 1997, the Rijks Geologische Dienst transferred to TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research). The group, responsible for marine sampling, was part of TNO Bouw en Ondergrond (TNO Built Environment and Geosciences) until the first of November 2007. At that date, the management of TNO Built Environment and Geosciences allowed the group to merge as Marine Sampling Holland B.V. with Wiertsema & Partners B.V., a company specialised in geotechnical, environmental and geohydrological research and consultancy.