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Rik Verhaegen Port Commander at Port of Ghent

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Finnished Nautical College Antwerp in 1981 and started seagoing carreer until 1997.

I have sailed on different types of cargo vessels; Bulk carrier, container feeder, reefer ships and chemical tankers.

During the major part of my seagoing carreer I was involved in offshore activities; anchor handling and supply, dive support and cable laying.

I finalised my seagoing carreer with the dredging company De Nul, where i was active on Hopper Dredgers in the North Sea, Singapore and Manila.

After my seagoing carreer I have worked for 4 years for the Belgian Maritime Inspectorate, Port State Control.

In 2004, I joined the Port of Antwerp. I have been intensly involved in the implementation of Port Security (ISPS).

I became harbour master in 2012 and harbour master commander in 2014.

In 2016 I joined the Port of Ghent where I became Port Commander in 2017, taking over from Port Commander Dirk Vernaeve.

I am married and have one son.

I still enjoy the sea, be it in a leasurly sailing fashion.

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