The team

Deen Shipping is a true family business. Father Gerard runs the business from his office, assisted by his daughter Joyce; his son Glenn sails as a captain on one of the ships and is responsible for Operations and HSSE. Business developer Ed de Jong might strictly speaking not be a ‘Deen’ but really does feel like family– just like the 25 staff members on the four ships.
 

   

Gerard Deen

  “I STILL LIKE TO JUMP ABOARD A SHIP ONCE IN A WHILE.”


Gerard met his wife – a bargeman’s child, like himself – at a boarding school for bargees’ children. They got married in 1980 and bought their first ship with the money they had saved up. The young couple went into business with father (in law) Ton Jegen. After five years of hard work the ship could be sold and traded in for a larger ship. The company has kept on growing ever since. Gerard hardly has the time anymore to sail the ships himself, “but I still love doing it,” he says, “so every once in a while when my son needs help, I jump aboard. My wife is a captain as well by the way, so we are quite multifunctional.”

Gerard Deen is vice-chairman of the OPTO, the ‘Onafhankelijke Particuliere Tankvaart Ondernemers’ (Independent Private Tanker Barging Entrepreneurs) and is on the board of EFM Schepenverzekering.

 

  

Glenn Deen

  “MY FATHER TAUGHT ME EVERYTHING ABOUT THE PROFESSION OF CAPTAIN.”


Glenn Deen was born aboard: sailing is in his blood. After secondary school, Glenn took a course ‘Scheepvaart en Transport’  (Navigation and Transport). The ink on his diploma not yet dried, he got back aboard with his dad to learn the profession of captain. Just before Glenn had enough self-confidence, father Deen left the ship – two captains is too much, responsibilities shouldn’t be shared on a ship. Glenn is operational manager/HSSE and the first man on his ship, and quite successfully, one might add.


 

 

Joyce Deen

  “TO WORK WITH MY PARENTS AT THE COMPANY HAS ALWAYS BEEN A WISH of mine.”


Joyce Deen may be a bargeman’s child, but she never aspired a career on board – she prefers to keep both legs on solid ground. She wanted to be a secretary, which made Schoevers the logical choice for her education. She started work at a shipyard and a nautical temporary employment agency. Then her wish – working at the office of her father – became reality.


 

 

  

Ed de Jong

  “A FAMILY BUSINESS IS ALSO ABOUT EMOTION. I FIND THIS MORE APPEALING THAN A PURELY FORMAL BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT.”


Ed worked at a shipyard when he met Gerard, who was a customer there. Ed was responsible for everything that wasn’t directly related to the outfitting of the ship: real estate, general and technical services, grants, but also business development. He then proceeded to work as facility manager at a yacht construction company for two and a half years.He is currently responsible at DeenShipping for business development and all associated tasks.

Gerard Deen about Ed: “He is involved in everything in the company. We are really becoming quite the team.”

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