Meet Stephan Slingerland, Superintendent at TOS. His grandfather designed dredgers and sea-going tugs for IHC. Even the sailboat, where he spent much time in his youth, was designed by his grandfather. Sailing is how Stephan came into contact with the shipping industry. He got his nautical degree at STC, worked for several years as Officer and Engineer and now organises everything for ship deliveries from A to Z at TOS.
After his years of sailing, Stephan went on to work as Technical Service Coordinator. ‘I never set foot on a boat and something had to be done about that! I still worked in the sector, but no longer had contact with the crew. I also missed travelling abroad. I had once sailed my last voyage as Officer for TOS: a ship delivery from London to Hardinxveld. I saw this job opening on Facebook and knew right away… this was the challenge for me! I help the client & crew to find solutions for financing, technical aspects and safety. I am part of the process. I enjoy the sea trials and am proud of the crew when it all works out: delivering the ship to its new home port.
This particular challenge: getting a thirty-year-old harbour tug ready for a long voyage. The cooling system had been maintained for a long time by the Liberian standard.
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