In addition to visiting the extensive exhibition floor, there is much more to experience during the Navingo Career Event. You can participate in talk shows, further develop your professional skills or show what you have in house for the most sought after employers.

The program for the upcoming 2020 edition will follow soon. You can see the program of 2019 below.

Community Square 

The place to be for a good conversation! 

On Community Square you can participate in interesting programs about developments and innovation in the industry, the influence on the labor market and opportunities in the area of the energy transition. Community Square is free to attend! So take a seat on the terrace and discuss new technologies and developments that will turn the industry upside down in the coming years. 

Moderator: Eva Helmond 

Before hosting her own HR podcast for radio station Werken.FM about the labor market and entrepreneurship, Eva worked in Human Resources. Nowadays, she acts as a consultant, moderator and debate leader and, in addition to HR, specializes in topics such as innovation and sustainability. This makes Eva the perfect moderator for Community Square, where she will discuss all current and future developments in the industry with panelists and visitors. 

10:30 – 11:00 hrs

Talk show: Reality of sustainability

Sustainable entrepreneurship is no longer just for idealists. Regulations, but also the market, cause companies to go green. Some companies take a step further and make sustainability an essential part of their business strategy. To what extent must old thinking patterns be eliminated to achieve this? Do we need a new generation that can make a difference? Does our education suit the energy transition? And how important is the sustainable image of a company when attracting talented employees? 


  • Maurice Jansen – Erasmus Centre for Urban, Port and Transport Economics 
  • Almar Bok – Erasmus University, Rotterdam School of Management 
  • Sulimar Cook – Van Oord 
  • Erwin Coolen – ECHT regie in transitie B.V. 

11:30 – 12:00 hrs 

Talk show: Digital transformation 

Digital transformation of the maritime industry is the major disruptor. The developments and possibilities follow each other quickly. What does the Internet Of Things mean for the maritime industry? These developments also influence our jobs, from autonomous sailing to optimizing a tender process. During this talk show we take you into the world of the Internet of Things and take a look into the future. 


  • Eric van Uum – Microsoft 
  • Marco Muishout – Stolt-Nielsen Limited 
  • Bart Schuitema – Radio Holland 

12:15 – 12:30 hrs 

Quiz: This was the 

How good is your knowledge of the maritime, offshore and energy industry? Are you fully informed on the latest news? Put your knowledge to the test and participate in the quiz! 

12:45 – 13:00 hrs 

Presentation: Labor market branding strategy NML 

The last few months, much work was done to set up a strategy for labor market branding. How can we jointly make sure that more maritime students and maritime colleagues will be working in this beautiful sector? What’s the best way of building up an image in the jobmarket? How do you communicate about the attractiveness and versatility of working in the maritime sector? 


Astrid Kee, Chairman of the Human Capital Council of Nederland Maritiem Land & member of the Executive Board of STC-Group 

13:30 – 14:00 hrs

Talk show: Sailor without sea legs 

It is no longer the question whether autonomous sailing will be introduced, but in what way and what it means for working in the maritime industry. Is it not at the expense of the romance that is inextricably linked to our sector? Does the sailor of the future still need sea legs? Because autonomous sailing will happen more from ashore. What will this job look like then? And what skills do you need? In other words: the future of the sailor. 


  • Tjerk Lub – Redwise Maritime Services B.V. 
  • Steven Duinker – A.S.V. Nautis, Hogeschool Amsterdam 
  • Gerard Kruisheer – Captain AI 

14:30 – 15:00 hrs 

Talk show: Vision of Young Professionals 

Employers do a lot to meet the needs of the Young Professionals within their company. But what do YPs really think is important? We ask the opinion of several industry YPs on issues such as work / life balance and career perspective. Do they have influence on the plans that their employer is currently making regarding the energy transition? And how do they feel about developing soft skills such as teamwork and communication skills, in an industry where technical skills are often considered more important? 


  • Marius Ottolini – Heerema Marine Contractors 
  • Bernard Alblas – Young IRO 
  • Eveline Dijkers – iPS Powerful People 
  • Dorien Ensink – Deal Drecht Cities 

# After this talk show, join the Meet your Peers session at the Navingo Career Hub to exchange ideas and expand your network! 

15:30 – 16:00 hrs 

Showcase: Heavy Lifting – Size does matter

Everything becomes bigger, heavier and needs to go deeper. But how big is big and how does one tackle such a heavy lift project? During this showcase, several companies who take care of transporting the worlds largest materials on a daily basis, discuss their projects and developments. 


  • Jeroen Jacobs – Boskalis 
  • Roel Verwey – BigLift Shipping 
  • Paul Hoogenhout - RollDock 
  • Richard Verhoeff – ALE 

Navingo Career Hub

Visit the Navingo Career Hub for all matters that concern your career. At the hub, professionals are ready to provide your with advice on how to apply for a job, and they can check your CV and Linkedin profile. Moreover, you can find an overview of all available internships and you can discover vacancies through Besides that, fun activities take place at the hub, such as the event tours that start here and the ‘Meet your Peers‘ session: a creative meet & greet between young professionals. 

  • Have your CV and Linkedin profile checked 
  • Explore the overview of available internships and research projects 
  • Discover vacancies through 
  • Join the event tours 
  • Read the Career Update and Career Guide 
  • Participate in the ‘Meet your Peers’ session at 15:00 hrs 
  • Report at the desk for Invite & Meet 

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