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Thursday, December 9, 2021 

The Board of Directors of the Waterborne Technology Platform has appointed Jaap Gebraad as the associationís Secretary General.

The Waterborne Technology Platform is an industry-oriented Technology Platform providing policy guidance towards the European institutions regarding research, development and innovation for and by the European waterborne sector. The Waterborne Technology Platform coordinates the private side of

the Co-Programmed Partnership on Zero-Emission Waterborne Transport in the framework of Horizon Europe. Currently, 110 organisations are member of the Platform, representing the broader waterborne sector, and more specifically the key actors of the waterborne transport sector. In view of its increasing membership, the Association has designed a new organisational structure.

With the appointment of a Secretary General, the implementation of the new organisational structure has been finalised. A core team of highly qualified professionals has been composed to serve the interest of the membership of the Waterborne Technology Platform, and thereby the broader European waterborne sector.

Gebraad said: “I feel very honoured to continue serving the interest of the broader European waterborne sector, towards a carbon-neutral, zero accidents, automated and competitive waterborne sector. Over the past couple of years, we have been able to lay the solid foundations of a European association, not only representing the interest of the key stakeholders of the European waterborne sector, but at the same moment in time securing a Partnership enhancing collaboration between all relevant actors. I am convinced that in the coming years, we will be able to ensure that the European waterborne sector is recognised as a strategic sector for Europe.”

Eero  Lehtovaara, Chairman of the Board, said: “In order to take into account the interest of the growing membership, we designed and implemented a

new organisational structure, the Board is welcoming Jaap Gebraad as Secretary General, not only because of his contributions to laying the foundations of our Association, but certainly as well because of his relevant experience and expertise. The Board of Directors is convinced that Jaap Gebraad will continue performing his tasks in an excellent way, in close cooperation with all stakeholders.”

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