MARIN - Netherlands
Henk Prins chairs the Waterborne Technology Platform research association, which is defining a research agenda for the whole waterborne sector, including inland and maritime transport, blue growth, and ports and logistics.
Henk studied Applied Mathematics at Delft University of Technology. He then focused on numerical modelling of ship motions in waves, completing a Ph.D. in 1995. He moved to MARIN, where he become involved in software development, of both numerical tools and user interfaces. He managed the software development department for six years, while managing large projects on full-mission bridge simulators and on design tools. Since 2007, he has managed the R&D department of MARIN. This department is mainly focusing on advanced numerical tools and their validation with experiments.
Henk has been heavily involved in European research projects, and has led two large projects on ship propulsion. He chaired the European research association Vessels for the Future, bringing together all maritime stakeholders, such as yards, suppliers, research institutes, academia, and class societies. This association merged into the renewed Waterborne Technology Platform.