We are a Dutch couple. We work together since 1985. Merchant shipping, inland shipping, yachting, deliveries, diving or technology? We control it all.

Hilde is the driving force when it comes to administration and logistics. She has a Seaman’s Book for the merchant navy, an International Certificate for operators of pleasure craft and coastal navigation and a VHF radio operator’s certificate. She previously served as a medical secretary, police officer, social detective and real estate broker. She lived on board for over 30 years. She covered more than 100,000 nautical miles. She takes care of hospitality & cooking. With her musical background she provides animation on board. She’s a relaxation masseur and is the over-all assistant for every other job on board.

Rob was born in Rotterdam, the largest port in Europe. As a teenager he was a sea cadet. He started professional as a coast guard police officer. He was a municipal harbourmaster and shipping policy advisor. He’s legally qualified and authorized to command merchant ships, square riggers, patrol boats, super yachts, barges, tugs, contractor material and so on. He’s a PADI open water scuba instructor, is educated to work on marine diesel engines up to 3000 kW (4000 hp), is a full license ham-radio amateur and is skilled with on board electronics and instruments.