I joined CE Delft in May 2018 as a researcher/consultant in the Transport Economics sector. With a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering and sailing experience as a junior engineer, I laid the foundations not only for theoretical issues but also for the practical aspects of operation, maintenance and naval architecture of merchant vessels. After completing my masters in maritime and transport economics at the University of Antwerp, I pursued a PhD on the topic “on-board technological innovations and their effects on crew behavior and the marine environment”. In the course of my PhD, I also obtained a VLIR-UOS scholarship, awarded to students submitting a paper proposing innovative responses to global and local challenges.
After two years as a PhD student I opted to pursue a career as a research officer at the Green Award Foundation to sharpen my research skills in the field of merchant vessel operation and technology. My primary task was to perform research on the three key pillars of sustainable maritime transportation: environment, safety and quality. This involved drafting policy and new requirements with respect to vessel layout, quality of organizational management, human factor and efficient operation/maintenance of marine equipment. Here I had the opportunity to work with stakeholders representing leading industry organisation’s such as INTERTANKO, SIGTTO, BIMCO, classification societies and port authorities of Rotterdam and Amsterdam with a vision to push the industry one step ahead mandatory regulations and ultimately towards climate-neutral and safe shipping.