A few days before the event, tickets were sold out and members were still signing up on the waiting list. On the day of the BBQ itself, the weather was ideal and more than 70 members and sponsors honoured YoungShip Rotterdam with their presence at Vessel 11 – a decommissioned lightship turned British gastro-pub situated at the old City Harbour of Rotterdam. Apart from great company, networking, free drinks and amazing food the participants had the chance to meet young professionals operating in the maritime industry and other shipping enthusiasts. Spread over the evening the BBQ attendees witnessed motivating company presentations to learn more about the main sponsors of the event namely: DFDS and Ampelmann.
DFDS is a shipping and transport service provider with 7,000 employees on ships and in offices across 20 countries. The company was founded in 1866, headquartered in Copenhagen and listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen. (https://www.dfds.com/en/). Our very own Bart Bauza talked to our members about DFDS and gave us a good insight on the history and future of the company. Attila Gulyas, Bart van Rosmalen and Dorrit Bresser of DFDS mingled with the crowed and gave good insights on the market and the company to our members during nice discussions throughout the evening.
Ampelmann has the mission to make ‘offshore access as easy as crossing the street’. They are the pioneer of the offshore access industry and are leader in every major oil, gas and offshore wind market. They combine challenges of a large global operating organization with a change-willing attitude and entrepreneurial spirit of a start up (https://www.ampelmann.nl/). Govert Boerma (Treasurer) described the story, ambitions and career opportunities during his fantastic presentation and along with his colleagues were happy to answer questions and network with our members.
Since the first edition of the “End-of-the-Summer Maritime Barbeque” resulted in numerous enthusiastic and positive reactions, YoungShip Rotterdam is planning on turning this event into a yearly tradition.