After a while, through TOS’s mediation, I took on the role of Commissioning Engineer at Royal IHC. On the whole, the run-up to this
‘Ahh, I just love the tinkering with machinery. At the Solitaire at Allseas, there was always something to be done and we did the major maintenance work, on the main engines for example, ourselves. Spare parts and tools were always available on board.
Van Schouwen: “Het werk in de logistieke sector is prachtig en veelzijdig. Al ruim 11 jaar ben ik werkzaam in deze sector. Mijn carrière begon ik bij een containeroperator in de binnenvaart en als expediteur heb ik de gehele logistieke keten van A tot Z meegemaakt. Nu ben ik consultant en zie ik ook de andere kant.
‘I sailed for about four years. What I remember most are the long ocean voyages, the adventure, the view of the sea, the whales and dolphins and the time spent with the crew. The time together on board was very special, but so were the meetings on shore.’
Freedom, regular travel, a well-paid job, working together with fun colleagues from other cultures… Supervisor/Quality Inspector is simply honest work! I really liked it.’ We interviewed Rene Goutziers. Even with his positive experiences offshore, he made the move from Sea2Shore. After the mediation process at TOS, he now works as Equipment Engineer.