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Ben van Scherpenzeel Director Nautical Developments, Policy & Plans at Port of Rotterdam


Ben van Scherpenzeel, born in Maarssen in the center of Holland, joined the Nautical Academy in Terschelling, one of Holland’s northern islands. After his graduation in 1990, he started as a 3rd officer with Shell Tankers and Seatrade. In 1993 he joined Holland America Line and worked for 12 years as a deck officer, staff captain and project manager of new build programs.

He joined the Port of Rotterdam in 2004. His present responsibilities are the development of nautical information applications, new planning and reporting schemes for vessels, mooring systems and maritime spatial planning of the North Sea.

Next to his assignment at the Port of Rotterdam, Ben is also project leader for the International Harbour Masters’ Association and the European Harbour Masters’ Committee.

Together with EHMC secretary Ingrid Römers he developed the Nautical Port Information Project and videos such as “The Chain” and “The Missing Link”.

During his vacation he loves to explore the Dutch waters in Holland on smaller boats and to dock at a waterside restaurant to enjoy a good meal, with a good glass of wine, nice music and fun company.

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