Meet Esther van Eijk

1. Where do you work and what are you working on there?
I work at Royal IHC, as a program planner for the Dredge Equipment department. This means that I manage a small part of the integrated planning of almost all our projects and advise the project managers on risks for delivery in time. Besides that I am one of the board members of Young IHC.

2. What makes the maritime sector special to work in?
What I love about the maritime sector is the size of the ships and all the equipment that is used to handle and equip these ships. I am still in awe, every time the floating cranes arrive at our yard in Kinderdijk to hoist large sections on board.

3. Why do you need a platform like Young NMT and what do you hope to achieve with it?
I think it is very important that Young Professionals get to know, challenge and learn from each other. I always enjoy it to get to know the sector through both the vision of colleagues and competitors and would like to encourage my young colleagues within IHC to keep doing this.

4. How can Young Professionals contribute to continuous developments in the market?The shipbuilding industry can be somewhat conservative at times. I think that the market needs the curiosity and boldness of Young Professionals to keep up with the demands of our customers with respect to innovation and environmental questions.

5. What do you think is the biggest challenge of the maritime sector and why?
The market has a growing demand for bigger and more complex ships, with the shortest possible leadtimes. The challenge for suppliers is to keep up with our foreign competitors by standardizing where possible, without losing the flexibility to implement custom-made solutions.