Effective 16 March, 2024, Bert Jan ter Riet will start at Royal IHC in his role of chief operations officer (COO). He is to focus on further developing the company’s shipbuilding qualities, managing the yards and, in parallel, realising the build abroad strategy in addition to building in the Netherlands.

With Ter Riet, Royal IHC says it has found a board member that can further develop the company’s new strategic direction for its operations. Ter Riet will focus on (international) shipbuilding and operations, whereas CEO Derk te Bokkel will be responsible for flow business, finance, and the corporate functions.

Also, Royal IHC’s newly appointed COO will be responsible for successful delivery of the 31,000-m3 trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) for Boskalis, which will be built in the yard at Krimpen aan den IJssel.

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Bert Jan ter Riet, Royal IHC's new COO.
Bert Jan ter Riet, Royal IHC’s new COO.

Bert Jan ter Riet

Ter Riet has thirty years of experience in the maritime sector. After graduating at the Technical University of Delft as Master in Naval Architecture & Marine, he commenced his career as project manager for Damen, in which position he significantly contributed to offshore and specialised vessels.

Ter Riet progressed his career into operations and general management and became profit and loss responsible for Damen’s biggest shipyard, located in Gorinchem. In 2019, he moved into the position of vice president operations Russia.

‘With its vast experience and unique expertise in high-quality and innovative maritime technology, Royal IHC is a company I will be proud to work for,’ says Ter Riet. ‘Now that the financial restructuring has been successfully completed, I am confident that the new build abroad strategy will result in a new era of success for the company.’

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