Jaap van den Hoogen: Knight of the Order of Maritime Merit

Published on: 22 June 2015
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From left to right: Jean-Philippe Salducci, President of the UMF and Jaap van den Hoogen, president of MGI’s Executive Board.
Jaap van den Hoogen, President of MGI’s Executive Board, received the Maritime Merit Medal during the General Meeting of the Union Maritime et Fluviale de Marseille Fos (UMF, the Marseille-Fos Maritime and River Federation) held on 17 June.

The National Order of Maritime Merit honours risks undertaken and services rendered by seamen. It has been extended to all those who work towards the economic development of the Merchant Navy.

“Your ship is the port – especially our port. You have devoted part of your life to it, participating in all events, and restructuring our professional organisations when they needed it. As the Dutchman of Marseille, you have also brought a vision drawn from the large Northern ports!”, stressed Jean-Philippe Salducci, President of the UMF and President of the Maritime Pilots Associations, in his speech presenting the medal before the meeting representing the Marseille-Fos port community.

A maritime career from the very start
Jaap van den Hoogen began his career in the shipping industry with an Amsterdam shipping broker. He arrived in Marseille in 1978, to open an office for the Dutch maritime company Nedlloyd, which became the regional office for the Mediterranean within a few years. After 23 years of service with the company, he moved on to CMA-CGM, where he became General Manager of the Marseille office in 1996.He experienced first-hand the growth of the Group as it soared to become the world’s third-largest shipping company.

Heavily involved in professional associations, Jaap van den Hoogen has held various positions: President of the Marseille-Fos and Greater Delta Shipping and Forwarding Agents’ Association for 8 years from 2007 to 2015;Vice-President of the French Shipping Agents Association;Vice-President of the UMF, member of the Grand Port Maritime de Marseille Development Board and Vice-President of MGI’s Supervisory Board.

On a new course
Jaap van den Hoogen is continuing his journey by accepting the Presidency of MGI’s Executive Board, at the request of his Supervisory Board in February 2015.This represents a new challenge, but this time, he will be working alongside Port Community Systems serving the performance of the port, airport and land-transport communities.