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Team

More than a team.

We’re putting the value into maritime.

We are a fast-growing and innovative company that is sustainable by nature with a team that is dedicated to making an impact.

We are using our personality, skills and motivation to help Value Maritime realise a green future for shipping.

Share our passion for sustainable shipping? Come onboard and make shipping greener with us. There’s no time to waste! Reach out to: hr@valuemaritime.com

Our Founders

Maarten Lodewijks

Title/Area of work

Co-Founder & Director

Otherwise known as:

The Numbers Guy

Value to VM:

Maarten sees that to achieve sustainable shipping you need more than a good idea. The answer needs to also have a financial dividend and ultimately the business solution needs to be profitable too. He brings his shipping knowledge and financial acumen to VM and teaches us all the importance of knowing the numbers.

Reach out to Maarten for:

The Spread | Fuel Prices | Shipping Market

Christiaan Nijst

Title/Area of work

Co-Founder & Director

Otherwise known as:

The Inventor

Value to VM:

Christiaan is our technical ‘clever clogs’ and our award-winner, having won the Nor-Shipping Young Entrepreneur Award 2021. He brings his forward-thinking and brilliant engineering mind to Value Maritime. His breakthrough Filtree System and innovative CO2 Capture Module for ships are transforming the future of sustainable shipping.

Reach out to Christiaan for:

Carbon Capture Insights | Sustainable Engineering |Unique Technology

Our Commercial Crew

Rolf Bakker

Title/Area of work

Carbon Capture Certificate Trading & (Export) Finance

Otherwise known as:

One of the Bakkertjes

Value to VM:

Rolf looks after the development of carbon capture certificates, proof that Value Maritime is actively reducing the amount of CO2 in our atmosphere. He is also actively arranging financing opportunities for buyers of our Filtree units.

Reach out to Rolf for:

Carbon Capture Certs | Financing Options | Business Development

Diederick Blom

Title/Area of work

Client Liaison

Otherwise known as:

C-level Mover & Shaker

Value to VM:

Diederick connects Value Maritime to decision makers in the extensive network that he has built up over the past 41 years in the shipping and logistics world. He also helps potential customers to recognise the benefits of the Value Maritime Filtree and Carbon Capture system.

Reach out to Diederick for:

Commercial & Financial Considerations | References

Frans van de Bospoort

Title/Area of work

Non-Executive Director

Otherwise known as:

The Door Opener

Value to VM:

Frans introduces Value Maritime to C-level contacts by using his international network built up over 20+ years as an International shipping banker and more recently as global head of a shipping bank. He challenges and assists Maarten and Christiaan on strategic topics. He is broadening our international reach and initiating the establishment of our Singapore rep office.

Reach out to Frans for:

Growth Strategy and Corporate Development | Introductions to international shipping companies

Yvette van der Sommen

Title/Area of work

Commercial Manager

Otherwise known as:

Our Commercial Engineer

Value to VM:

With her technical background and commercial spirit, Yvette has the ability to translate the language of engineering into a common language. She makes sure that our client’s wishes and concerns are heard and finds optimal solutions to make your vessel ready for the future.

Reach out to Yvette for:

A commercial offer | To discuss possibilities | To get to know Value Maritime

Rein Steeman

Title/Area of work

Commercial Director

Otherwise known as:

The Coffee Purist

Value to VM:

Rein is used to building and driving winning sales teams.  In Value Maritime, he’s a team player and keeps our talented commercial managers focused and motivated to succeed and he likes to celebrate success in style! On top of this, he enjoys building solid connections with shipping and CO2 clients.

Reach out to Rein for:

Sales Meeting | Strategic Thinking | A good cup of coffee

Errikos Tsagkaris

Title/Area of work

Commercial Manager

Otherwise known as:

The Persuader

Value to VM:

Errikos is an entrepreneurial thinker, and having a strong shipping background, he strives to persuade shipowners that our Filtree is the right path towards sustainable shipping.

Reach out to Errikos for:

Filtree Economics | Shipping Insights | Sustainable Development

Laurens Visser

Title/Area of work

Commercial Manager

Otherwise known as:

The Shipping Guy

Value to VM:

Laurens is one of our Filtree experts. His family background is in (container) shipping for many generations back and he was even born on a ship! He brings his business and strategy experience together with his shipping and Filtree knowledge and talks with shipowners and charterers every day to help them make the right choices to future proof their vessels.

Reach out to Laurens for:

Retrofit or newbuild projects | Sustainable shipping | Sailing

Our Technical Team

Jeroen Gels

Title/Area of work

Head of Projects & Services

Otherwise known as:

Ask Jeroen!

Value to VM:

Jeroen is one of the longest with VM. Everyone knows Jeroen is the guy to call when something involving technology needs to be solved or fixed. He will have the answer and he can explain it easily in a way that makes sense. When in doubt, just ask Jeroen!

Reach out to Jeroen for:

Tech improvements | Any issues with service or projects |Technical matters explained simply

Stijn Postema

Title/Area of work

Head of Production and Procurement

Otherwise known as:

Employee #1

Value to VM:

Stijn makes sure all our units are delivered on time. This makes him one of the busiest guys around the office and the warehouse. He is also responsible for professionalising our processes and keeping us all in check!

Reach out to Stijn for:

Procurement | Organising | To chat about MotoGP

Marc van Dongen

Title/Area of work

Service Engineer

Otherwise known as:

Media Man

Value to VM:

Marc provides a friendly and efficient service to our clients at all times and it’s always with a smile. He joined Value Maritime to try his hand at something new having spent 20+ years in media production. Now he enjoys getting his hands dirty!

Reach out to Marc for:

Engineering Assistance | Heavy lifting | Media contacts

Niels Verweij

Title/Area of work

Engineering Department

Otherwise known as:

The Brains

Value to VM:

Niels is responsible for the retrofit engineering of our Filtree units. His goal is always to integrate the Filtree system in the most simple way possible with minimal effort from the owner, crew and stakeholders.

Reach out to Niels for:

Concept design of Filtree integration | 3D modelling of system in pointcloud | Structural Engineering

Our Support Squad

Ana Carvalho

Title/Area of work

Buyer/ Procurement

Otherwise known as:

The Deliverer

Value to VM:

Ana works in the Procurement department as a Buyer, guaranteeing that all the necessary materials are available at the right time and in the best conditions. She delivers on her commitment to the team.  

Reach out to Ana for:

Procurement | Purchase Orders | Orders in general

Yuckzel Hoogesteger

Title/Area of work

Office Manager

Otherwise known as:

The Magic (behind the scenes)

Value to VM:

Yuckzel is happy to support the VM team wherever needed and is open to learning new ways of working harmoniously and effectively. She is the backbone of our office in Rotterdam.

Reach out to Yuckzel for:

Agenda setting | Office support | Guidance

Sandra Hsu

Title/Area of work

Senior Buyer

Otherwise known as:

The ERP Oracle

Value to VM:

Sandra is a qualified buyer with an MBA degree from UK in supply chain management, logistics and business administration. She has more than 7 years of experience in a buying or merchandising role in an international environment. She is already building long-term winning relations with our suppliers and can clearly explain the cost breakdown of our technology and systems.

Reach out to Sandra for:

Logistics | Sourcing | Costs

Joanne Kelleher

Title/Area of work

Communications

Otherwise known as:

The Star Gazer

Value to VM:

Joanne is taking us to the stars, that’s what she has promised at least! She helps to profile VM and share our stories with the world. Pretty soon sustainable shipping is going to be the norm, and then we are going to need her to take us to the sun the moon and the stars!

Reach out to Joanne for:

Press updates & comment | Interviews with the team| Bad jokes

Lylette van der Linden

Title/Area of work

Head of People and Culture

Otherwise known as:

The HR Lady

Value to VM:

Lylette makes sure we have the people we need, that they can perform at their best and that we are building a strong organisational foundation for our company and people to thrive. She’s got a backpack full of in-depth HR experience but she’s also a coach and trainer and is always there to support the VM team.

Reach out to Lylette for:

Recruitment | Onboarding | Personal & Team Development

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