Springtij Forum

At the annual Springtij Forum (late September 2018) on the beautiful island of Terschelling I was asked to organize several sessions on sustainable development related to Water and Seas. One of the sessions was on the plastic soup, where we had an impressive panel with Charles Moore, the captain who discovered the plastic soup in […]

Arctic beach litter

September 2018 I was on Svalbard to investigate the type and sources of marine litter. The Dutch Schooner Noorderlicht served as expedition ship and during the investigation, staff and passengers joined the effort.

Marine Litter

Marine Litter

In May-June 2017 I carried out a research project on Marine Litter in the Arctic. The expedition which I carried out with Wouter Jan Strietman, took us to Jan Mayen and Svalbard. See: www.wur.nl

Ship emissions in the Arctic

Ship emissions in the Arctic

Shipping in the Arctic has been increasing steadily and is expected to grow rapidly in the near future. Since 2016 I work with the Clean Arctic Alliance, an international coalition of NGO’s, aiming to ban HFO on the Arctic link: www.hfofreearctic.org

Springtij Forum

Springtij Forum

At this years ‘Springtij Forum’, a unique event on sustainable development with 600 participants, I was asked to act as Navigator for the theme Water&Sea. Link: www.springtij.nu

Anders Varen

Anders Varen

From Oct 2016-April 2017 I carried out a project on sustainable shipping in the Wadden Sea area. By bringing together several stakeholders of the maritime industry and nature organisations at a roundtable conference, we managed to spark a discussion on the impact of shipping in this nature reserve and the possibilities for ‘greening’ the maritime […]

Sea legs in the Arctic

Sea legs in the Arctic

Canada geese with cruise ship, Vancouver Island   In the 90’s I spent some time in the Bering Sea, as Chief Offiver of the Rainbow Warrior II during a campaign to stop overfishing in the ‘Doughnut Hole‘. Later, I served as chief officer on threemast schooner Rembrandt van Rijn, taking passengers around Spitsbergen. During these […]

Ranking the Ships

Ranking the Ships

Improving the sustainable performance of shipping has received a boost since the introduction of environmental indexing. At present, several indexing schemes are in operation, such as Green Award and Clean Shipping Index. Spring 2016 I conducted a research project with Mark Spetter of Globalance, on the various schemes and a survey on the viability of an […]

At sea

At sea

Early september 2015 I was invited to join the Expedition Dogger Bank, gathering information on marine litter found on ship wrecks in the North Sea. For an overview of experiences (in Dutch) see www.duikdenoordzeeschoon.nl