Claasen Shipyards

Meet the team

Wouter van Rijn | Yard Manager

Wouter started his career as a maritime officer and sailed more than 100,000 nautical miles on Dutch cargo and cruise ships worldwide. He then started his career as a project manager in the yachting industry, working at several shipyards. Wouter was responsible for the construction of various new yachts in the twenty-to-forty-metre range. Privately, he is a sailing instructor and regatta sailor on small yachts, which contributes greatly to the practical aspect of his work.

Victor Weerens | Technical Manager

After earning his degree in naval architecture at Southampton Solent University, Victor went on to sail professionally for three years. He then joined the design team of Hoek Design where he worked for over ten years. In 2008, Victor joined Claasen Shipyards to manage the build of yachts such as the J-class Lionheart, the Truly Classic Atalante and the F-class Firefly.

Gert Jan Timmerman

Gert Jan Timmerman | Project Engineer

After completing his pre-university secondary education and a degree in mechanical engineering at an institute of technology, Gert Jan spent four years in engineering, working on everything from installation of cardboard houses to lipstick production machines. He was a design and production supervisor/project manager for five years, working at custom designed cranes, deck equipment hatches and other special products for the superyacht industry,including yards such as Feadship and Oceanco. He also spent four years in engineering design and as site supervisor and project manager on the construction of dredgers worldwide (especially in South Africa, Malaysia and Bangladesh). At Claasen Shipyards, Gert Jan is in charge of all the engineering (3D design 3D, finite element analysis, calculations) needed to ensure the optimal operation of the custom built superyachts.


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