Royal Huisman has appointed Roemer Boogaard as managing director of the Dutch yard, allowing current MD Alice Huisman to assume the duties of executive director alongside chairman and fellow shareholder Jan Willem Doeksen. The change in management comes not long after Doeksen Shipyard Holding, led by Royal Doeksen, became a key shareholder at Royal Huisman.

Alongside Boogaard as managing director is Ronald van Hulst, director of operations, and recently appointed finance director Harmen Peeters.

Commenting on Boogaard’s appointment, Alice Huisman says: “As many will know I have been serving as managing director for the past 10 years and, together with our new partners at Royal Doeksen, I am of the view that adding this highly talented and capable individual is the next logical step if we are to maintain and expand upon our past successes.

“I hope you will know me well enough to recognise that, when I say the time is right to appoint the next generation of senior management and take on a different personal role, I am doing so because I firmly believe in these changes. They will provide me with the opportunity to focus more exclusively on our client relationships, while our expanded management team continues to drive forward operational standards and efficiency.”

Formerly executive director of KNRM (the Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution), Boogaard has served in various positions in the Dutch maritime sector throughout his career, including the Dutch Royal Navy from 1981-1997 where he became a senior naval officer. In 1997 he joined the KNRM, becoming executive director in 2007.

“I do wish to emphasise that there is no question of any reduction in my commitment to Royal Huisman, our clients or our team,” Alice Huisman adds. “Roemer’s focus on daily activities simply allows me more time to play to my strengths.”

Speaking at a dinner for journalists at Royal Huisman in Vollenhove, Netherlands, Huisman said she handed Boogaard “a company that is in very good shape.”

Royal Huisman claims to have undergone strong growth in recent years, with several projects in build at its Vollenhove yard. The Germán Frers-designed 43m (142ft) sloop Sea Eagle overlooks the mould for an all-carbon Sparkman & Stevens-designed sloop, the first all-carbon project for Royal Huisman.

The construction of a 58m (190ft) Ed Dubois sloop is also well underway and will soon be followed by a 56m (184ft) ketch to the design of Dykstra Naval Architects.

Image: Roemer Boogaard and Alice Huisman (photo by Priksa van der Meulen)