image1[1]The Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss) has appointed Hans Huisman to succeed retiring Chris van Hooren in the role of technical and environmental director, effective 1st January 2016.

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 MLC2006 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. Hans Huisman has all that, plus many years of navigating experience,” he adds.

Huisman will take over the support that SYBAss gives its members concerning technical and regulatory matters. He will spearhead the lobby activities as part of the consultative status SYBAss has within IMO. He will also take over contacts with the flag states, especially the Red Ensign Group, Malta and Marshall Islands.

In his new role, Huisman will also 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.

Commenting on his appointment, Huisman says: “I am honoured to be given this opportunity to contribute to such a dynamic and innovative industry.”