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...
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 trips, I started to appreciate the Arctic as a very special place on our planet. The harsh environment, unique ecosystems and frontier mentality all add to the wild side of the Arctic.
While coordinating a group of NGO’s at the IMO, a special Polar Code for shipping in Antarctica and the Arctic was developed, with rules on safety and pollution. Recently I conducted a survey among shipowners and tourist operators to find out their views on shipping in the Arctic.