After 12 years merchant navy I made a career change to deep sea towage and salvage. Being master mariner and having been captain on the category of large ocean-going
tugs I became a salvage master and as a salvage master and consultant with SMIT Salvage I retired in November 2003, whereafter having done all the jobs I promised my wife to do at home the telephone started to ring, which made me decide to continue working
as I had done before as a salvage master/consultant. I advise international law firms, PandI clubs, underwriters etc. Late December 2014 I requested the SCR Committee of Lloyds in London to have my name removed from the SCR panel. The former decision will not effect any of my other activities. They still remain as they are. I still go out and execute salvage operations for salvage companies worldwide, this
allows me to maintain the practical experience.
This year 2016 after 12 years of having been a visiting teacher on the STC - Shipping and Transport College
in Rotterdam my position was handed over to the younger generation and a permanent member of the teaching staff. I am the author of the book "Towing Manual - Offshore and Ocean Towage with related shipping matters and opinions" ISBN/EAN 978-90-810900-2-5,
which I wrote on behalf of the aforementioned STC Group for the target group students in the Higher Professional Education Level.
In my private life I was
an active playing senior basketball player until the season 2015/2016 when I decided to shift my sports activity to swimming since my home town opened the nicest all year round open racing swimming pool in the area but most of all I started to dislike
the introduction of soccer field language on the basketball court. Together with mrs. Ter Haar I conduct long distance cycling trips on a first class 27 gears Santos tandem bike. These trips include distances from our home town in the Southern part of
The Netherlands to Spain and to Prague vice versa, from home to Hamburg vice versa and a round trip of Denmark, Regensburg (Germany) to Budapest (Hungary) and back. East Coast of England round trip Harwich-New Castle and from home to Strassbourg and back. On a regular weekly basis, weather depending, I ride my racing bike. I also am the secretary of the local branch of the Dutch Cyclists' Union in my home town.