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...
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.