The Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss) has appointed a new technical and environmental director to succeed the retiring Chris van Hooren as of Jan. 1. Hans Huisman brings 10 years of navigating and 30 years of shipbuilding experience to the team.
“We are delighted to have found a successor for Chris van Hooren, which was certainly not an easy task,” comments Theo Hooning, secretary general of SYBAss. “The tremendous knowledge and experience Chris brought to the table has been crucial to SYBAss’ many achievements in the field of regulations, including MLC 2006 and preparations for the second generation intact stability requirements. We were looking for a professional with similar experience and qualifications in naval architecture, design, shipbuilding and the maritime political arena.”
Huisman will the organization’s lobby activities within IMO. He will also take over contacts with the flag states, and will deploy the Observer A status of SYBAss at ISO by participating in the various working groups of Technical Committee 8 / Sub Committee 12, which is dedicated to superyachts.