New Year's Message: CEO Daan Schalck looks back at North Sea Port in 2022 and ahead to what 2023 has in store (Onze Haven 2022)

Published on Mon 9 Jan 2023
In this episode of Onze Haven (Our Port), North Sea Port CEO Daan Schalck look back as well as forward. Here's to 2022, a year in which a war and an energy crisis followed the corona crisis, and to 2023, a year in which energy transition and security will be high on the agenda.

"The war between Russia and Ukraine and energy prices have heavily affected the entire world economy, and therefore our port, as well," Daan recalls. "Russian trade volumes declined, Ukrainian grain imports came to a standstill, energy prices rose. Despite all that, our port has managed to achieve absolute record figures."

The job of your life

More growth means more work, Daan explains: "At our port, we are also noticing that the labor market is under pressure and that talent is harder to find. And we need that talent, as we've created more than 6,000 additional jobs since the merger. Here's how I see it: In the diversity of work in our port, there really is a job for everyone!"

Energy and security

When the CEO looks ahead to the future of the port, he sees energy transition and security on the agenda. "We are among the leaders in green hydrogen, and all companies in the port area are making great efforts to reduce CO2. Together we will be able to reduce millions of tons of CO2 emissions," he proudly notes. "In addition, not only drug crime, but also cybersecurity, road safety and infrastructure will receive more attention than in the past."

North Sea Port wishes you a wonderful and happy 2023!

Onze Haven is a report about North Sea Port that's also broadcast every two weeks on Wednesdays on the Nederlandse Omroep Zeeland (5:15 pm) and the East Flanders regional channel AVS (6:00 pm). You can also find all previous episodes on our YouTube channel.