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Driven leadership

Our leaders are industry experts, committed to ethical corporate governance. Our collective and individual mission drives our client relationships and every service we deliver.

We’re supported in this by our shareholders RWTÜV. RWTÜV is a German holding company for technology service providers. The company focuses on long-term commitment and puts sustainable and positive development ahead of short-term profit.

Read the biographies of Van Ameyde Marine’s global leadership team.

Jeff Wilson

Managing Director Van Ameyde McAuslands

Olof Koning

Principal Surveyor / Regional Managing Director Van Ameyde Marine Asia

Olof is a Marine Engineer, who joined Van Ameyde Marine in 2022. Olof is a Chief Engineer with 17 years’ seagoing experience on tugs, AHTS and dredgers/rock dumping vessels, including 10 years as Chief Engineer on suction hopper dredgers/rock dumping vessels (side stone and fall pipe)/DP construction vessels (including cable-lay, ROV & diving support). Marine consultant and surveyor since 2009. He specialises in both new builds and vessel conversion projects. He has prepared FMEA-packages, feasibility surveys for DP upgrades and carried out DP incident investigations. He is OVID/CMID accredited and has also managed vessel assurance services for oil majors and vessel owners (including pipe lay, cable lay, ROV, helicopter operations, DP, anchor handling, diving, towing, pushing, heavy lift, jack up survey). He has carried out many surveys and investigations on behalf of H&M and P&I insurers as well as admiralty lawyers. He has also prepared reports and provided opinions for arbitrations in Malaysia and Singapore as expert witness. He spent six years as Technical Superintendent for offshore vessels operating in Sakhalin, Russian Federation for pipe-lay, dredging and rock scour placement and in Australia. He was also Plant Manager for a fleet of suction hopper and cutter dredgers operating on major sand reclamation projects in the UAE.

Hanna Kivela

Managing Director Van Ameyde Krogius

Hanna has started as Survey Coordinator and Claims Handler in Finland. After a couple of years, she became team leader for the Claim Handlers and Car Inspectors. During the company’s expansion outside Finland, her responsibility area switched to Management of claims procedures in Finland, the Baltic States, Russia, Ukraine, Denmark and Sweden for the key marine cargo insurance customers. Responsibilities were including new procedures implementation, staff training, operative and financial results as well as client relations. Hanna was appointed as Managing Director of Van Ameyde Krogius in March 2017.

Carl Dedecker

Senior Surveyor / General Manager Belgium

Carl joined Van Ameyde Marine in 2003 as a Marine Surveyor. As from November 2014 Carl is General Manager for the Belgium branches. He acquired his license as an Officer and Specialist Marine Electronics and has 10 years of sea-going experience on different types of vessels and finally on a jack-up drilling rig where he made his way up to Barge Engineer. Working in the oil industry he received extensive safety training, such as e.g. Advanced Fire Fighting and Prevention, Fire Team Leader, and the shipment of IMDG cargo by air and sea. He then worked for 4 years for a software company which was world leader in software for container terminals, where he gained experience in the automation of large container terminals world-wide. During the years with Van Ameyde Marine, Carl followed various courses such as IMDG regulations, Cambridge reefer course, and cargo securing for road transport, and seminars on exceptional large and heavy transports. Furthermore, he gave several presentations and courses on the stowage of coils in containers. He was also involved as a surveyor in several major railroad (freight) accidents in Belgium.

Albert Weatherill

Senior Surveyor / Managing Director England

Following a sea-going career on refrigerated vessels, Ro-Ro and the world’s largest floating fish meal factory up to the rank of Chief Officer, Albert joined McAusland’s in 1982. Albert is a skilled investigator and negotiator and is regularly appointed as an expert witness on a variety of cases. He has also published numerous articles on the carriage of steel cargoes as well as guidelines for surveyors and co-authored the Standard Club’s handbook for steel products. Albert has travelled the world on behalf of P&I Clubs whilst also overseeing a 20-fold increase in the Company’s turnover taking it from a single office to a multi-national organisation.

Amanda Björk

Director, Claims & Legal, Van Ameyde Marine Asia

Amanda is a Swedish law graduate with broad experience dealing with admiralty and marine insurance matters. Before joining Van Ameyde Marine Asia Singapore office as Director, Claims & Legal, Amanda was the General Manager of the Singapore branch office of a London headquartered claims consultancy company, handling among other things complex claims, general average and salvage cases. Previously, Amanda was the Legal Counsel and a Member of the Board at a Marine Surveying and Loss Adjusting Company based in Sweden and was also the Manager of the company’s P&I Club Correspondent subsidiary. Amanda also worked as a Claims Consultant for a Marine Insurance Broker and a P&I Club.

Walter Dekkers

Principal Surveyor / Director Van Ameyde Marine

In 1990 Walter Dekkers joined Van Ameyde Marine as a Marine Surveyor. As from September 2006 Walter has been Managing Director of Van Ameyde Marine. Walter holds his Chief Engineer’s licence and has 7 years of sea-going experience. During his time at sea he sailed on a variety of vessels including heavy lift vessels. His main work involves all types of technical and cargo surveys, but he also carries out P&I entry and condition surveys, pre-purchase surveys and risk management inspections.Walter is trained as an ISM Lead Auditor, he is an approved 360 Quality Inspector and he completed the Cambridge Reefer Course. Furthermore, he took various tanker courses. He is a member of IBIA, registered as surveyor for the Dutch Institute of Registered Surveyors (NIVRE-re), an associate fellow of the Nautical Institute, a registered UNUM arbiter and is registered as judicial expert at the LRGD. Walter has handled several large casualties, including court cases, and has acted as an expert witness.

Jaap Steenbergen

Senior Surveyor / General Manager Netherlands

In 2010, Jaap joined Van Ameyde Marine and is the general manager in The Netherlands. In 2004, he completed his nautical and technical education (MAROF) after which he sailed as a deck officer mainly on chemical tankers. He worked as a ship operator and incident investigator at the employer’s main office. Furthermore, he worked on the on board implementation of a newly developed ECDIS/SVDR system. Subsequently, Jaap worked as a SHE-Q officer on various marine off-shore projects as well as on maintenance of ISO9001 and OHSAS18000 standards. Until 2010, he worked as a maritime simulation manager on the development of high standard ship simulation software and hardware to comply with the relevant DNV certification levels. Furthermore, he was involved in sales, implementation and providing train-the-trainer courses for the simulators worldwide. Jaap took several courses such as marine expeditor and crude oil washing with the Energy Institute, Oil & Chemical courses, ship as well as company security officer courses and a ship management course. Jaap is SDT qualified for the ultrasonic tightness testing of hatches.