12 Jun 2013
Dockwise Yacht Transport president retires
Dockwise Yacht Transport (DYT) has announced the retirement of its long serving president, Clemens van der Werf.
Van der Werf has been with DYT for 11 years and will be leaving to pursue 'other opportunities', according to the company statement.
“It is a personal decision,” commented Catalina Bujor, PR and marketing officer at DYT, who worked closely with van der Werf for much of his time there.
“He has been with the company for 11 years and he has done so much, I can only assume it is for a new challenge,” she said.
Van der Werf played an important role in the development of the yacht transport arm within the Dockwise group over the last decade. He oversaw launch of the first specifically built yacht carrier, M/V Yacht Express, development of the lift-on/lift-off service, and maintained the company’s sustainability in a challenging economic environment.
His resignation follows on the back of the completion of the acquisition in April of Dockwise by Royal Boskalis, a global services provider in dredging, maritime infrastructure and maritime services sectors. No comment has been made by either company on plans for restructuring following the buyout.
“His experience, knowledge and leadership in the yacht transport sector will be missed and we wish him all the best with his future endeavors,” read the company statement.
Van der Werf’s resignation was active as of 1 June and he now transfers his tasks and responsibilities within the next few weeks.
Ben van der Hoeven takes over presidential responsibilities for an interim period until a permanent successor is chosen.
Van der Werf is an avid photographer, whose arresting images of wildlife and yachts can be seen on his website.
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