Bert is an industrial engineer who, after his military service in the Navy, started his career with Nedlloyd in 1995. He held various commercial positions, mainly in marketing, customer service and as country and regional manager for Nedlloyd, P&O Nedlloyd and Maersk, and was based in Rotterdam, London, Hamburg and Panama.
In 2016, Bert left Maersk to head the inland container barging division of Nedcargo. He spearheaded electrification of inland shipping, building two barges with electric propulsion and developing solutions for zero-emission operation with (swappable) batteries. He left the company in 2019 to become an independent consultant and project manager in sustainable transport.
Bert joined Sea2Cradle in April 2021 as commercial director. Sea2Cradle is a global expert in green maritime recycling, and applies proven health, safety and environmental standards from the offshore sector to all recycling projects, striving for zero pollution, zero incidents and zero accidents. Through his involvement in a large variety of projects Bert has quickly gained in-depth knowledge of all aspects of ship and offshore recycling and has helped various owners to find the best solution for the safe and environmentally sound recycling of their vessels and rigs.