“Childhood dreams can come true”

When I was little, my thoughts on potential future jobs were, to say the least, very changeable. I wanted to be (in random order) a scuba diver, circus artist, full-time dog-walker, letter carrier, children’s book writer, medieval outlaw, archeologist, and the first to reach Peter Pan’s Neverland by bike. Among other things, that is. Whatever took my fancy at a particular moment was to be my future occupation. So when I became engrossed in a television series about the adventures of an 18th-century midshipman, and saw a mind-blowing full shot of…

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First Seatime Experience on board mv ‘Emotion’

My name is Mickey Labordus. I am a second year student at Maritime Institute Willem Barentsz at Terschelling. After one and a half years of theoretical studies, with some scattered practical lessons, my first real sea trip on board of one of the ships of the JR-Shipping fleet made me quite anxious. What to expect, will it meet my expectations, do I have sufficient knowledge? There must be a lot I still have to learn. All kind of things you ask yourself when the minivan takes you to Hamburg, the port…

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Student at Netherlands Maritime University

Indonesia is a country of thousands islands where shipping plays a very important role. Seafaring and maritime culture has been developed since years ago. Till the present day, the country keep delivering qualified seafarers and maritime officers to the world’s shipping and transport industry. Working in the shipping industry, in particular dealing with seafarers, which is mainly dominated by man, is quite a challenge. As a lecturer at Merchant Marine Polytechnic of Semarang, Indonesia, having education at master level is important for me personally to increase my capacity and to…

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“I’m looking for a company where I can learn and use my knowledge”

Pretty much new here in Rotterdam, I left my country 4 weeks ago and I m enjoying this city. My name is James Daime, I m 27 years old and from France. The idea of learning the Maritime logistic started a few years ago but more as a thought. During my Bachelor Degree with a major subject of Distribution logistic, we studied a little bite of international trade through a logistic case dealing with sea transport, which was really interesting. During my bachelor degree, I went to England to do…

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Connecting International Ports through Gaming

When international ports are investigating whether they want to cooperate, they are confronted with many challenges. First, both ports need to see sufficient benefits for cooperation. When both decide to move forward with the partnership, understanding the other party is a crucial factor for success. However, it is not something that comes easily. Parties speak different languages, there are other cultural rules, they have different opinions and interests. For example, when the port of Rotterdam sees an opportunity in the port developments in Johor, Malaysia, they send experienced professionals from…

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Anti-fouling Coating Research by Jules Dock

Jules Dock is a young enterprise that, among other things, conducts research into sustainable maritime practices in different promising fields. Pieter Welling, research coordinator at Jules Dock, currently works with his team on a project that focuses on anti- and biofouling. The project is funded by the European Fund for Regional Development. Jules Dock obtained this grant in collaboration with the Mobile Heritage Centre (in Dutch: Mobiel Erfgoed Centrum or MEC).

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“In Rusland en de Oekraïne is het gebruikelijk dat men hard en veel studeert”

Graag zou ik willen beginnen met mij aan u voor te stellen. Mijn naam is Andriy Fedoryaka en ik ben geboren in Oekraïne in de stad Donetsk. In 2003 ben ik naar Nederland gekomen en woon in Vlissingen alwaar ik mijn opleiding op het CSW te Vlissingen heb afgemaakt, terwijl ik Nederlands heb geleerd. Na mijn basisschool heb ik besloten om naar het VMBO-T te gaan en heb deze opleiding die normaal 4 jaar duurt in 2 jaar afgerond, wat niet altijd even gemakkelijk was gezien mijn kennis van de…

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Interview Thijs van Mourik

Since I was a little kid I liked to be up and around the water. The only problem, where I grew up there was almost no open water, so I used to go sailing with my grandparents in Zeeland, in the South West of the Netherlands. After I graduated my secondary school in 2007 I started a medical study in Maastricht. Nice city, but even further away from sailing. After an interesting and instructive, but not so productive, time at university I worked for some months to save money for…

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Trainee at Keppel Verolme

After obtaining a Bachelor degree in Naval Architecture at the Technical University in Delft, I started a Master degree in Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics. While I just started my graduation project I started thinking about my professional career and one thing was very clear: it should be in the area of shipping or shipbuilding. Keeping that in mind, I visited the Maritime and Offshore Career Expo in Rotterdam and I met some representatives from Keppel Verolme. I did not understand the yard that well and I was not familiar with…

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