Ilona Hollander

ilona Hollander

The environment and sustainability have always been important topics for me. With more and more innovations coming to the maritime industry, my interest in smart solutions and the bigger picture they operate in only grows stronger. The yachting industry is a part of the maritime world were more resources for innovations are available, making it the perfect growing ground for solutions that are here to stay.

During my internship at Van Oossanen Naval Architects, I was able to combine my interests and this scientific approach is needed in order to assess and fairly compare different yachts, which will give better environmental insights for designers, yacht owners and others involved in the industry. Knowing the specific sources and amounts of pollution with their respective environmental impact is the first step in making better environmental friendly decisions where it matters the most.

Lennard Bal


With my background as a sailor in mind, I have always been particularly interested in yacht design and while studying Maritime Technology at the NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences in Leeuwarden, I became more and more interested in the sustainability aspect. As Van Oossanen Naval Architects is one of the maritime companies at the leading edge of sustainability innovation when it comes to the application on yachts, I didn’t hesitate a second when an internship became available.

During the research on the application of timber as a more sustainable building material for yacht manufacturing, we have gained valuable insights in the potential advantages timber has to offer. This research has been quantified by various simulations before being able to compare its CO2 footprint to those of the more common building materials. This research is another step towards achieving the CO2 footprint reduction in yacht manufacturing the industry is aiming for in 2030.

Pim Hendriks

Pim Hendriks

Pim became interested in how certain vessel parameters influenced the overall design process while studying Maritime Engineering at the NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences in Leeuwarden (NL). He subsequently secured an internship for his graduation project at Van Oossanen Naval Architects that allowed him to follow and investigate these interests in more detail.

His research led to greater control of a vessel’s structural weight and consequently the efficiency of the overall design process. The insights he gained into structural weights and centres of gravity helped improve not only the vessels’ performance but also project performance as a whole. Pim’s research is also paving the way to being able to automatically optimise a vessel’s structural weight!

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