Introducing Henk de Vries, chairman of the Revolution!
Henk began his career with Feadship in 1987 as a fourth generation De Vries family member, joining brother Joost and cousin Tom. He is now CEO of Koninklijke de Vries Scheepsbouw together with four cousins, and co-CEO of Feadship with Jan-Bart Verkuyl of Royal Van Lent.
In the early 2010s, Feadship presented several eco-friendly yacht concepts and researched more sustainable production, completing their first hybrid boat in 2015. With a strong commitment to address and reverse the ocean’s deterioration, Henk expressed the company’s vision: “The relatively modest footprint of superyachts could be a good stepping stone for a totally clean industry, a guiding light for the whole shipping sector. Also, I felt that building non-polluting pleasure boats would provide a competitive advantage as well!”
Henk’s journey with Water Revolution began during a brainstorm in summer 2018, after Dr. Vienna Eleuteri formulated the initiative to incorporate sustainability in the superyacht microcosmos. “Our goal was to inspire the industry, get strong commitment from key players and create industry standards,” he shared. “Late 2019 in a keynote speech at Mets, I called for zero emissions by 2030 in our superyacht domain, at the time that IMO was still considering 50% less by shipping in 2050.. Revolutionary indeed! We are now on track for a clean 2030 and look forward to working with you towards this goal.”
Hear more about Henk’s vision for Water Revolution here.