Members of the Board

This page introduces the Members of the Board of the Waterborne Technology Platform

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Henk Prins, Chairman

Manager Research and Development, MARIN (

Henk Prins studied Applied Mathematics at Delft University of Technology. He then focused on numerical modelling of ship motions in waves, completing a PhD in 1995. He moved to MARIN, where he became involved in software development, of both numerical tools and user interfaces. He managed the software development department for 6 years, while managing large projects on full-mission bridge simulators and on design tools. Since 2007 he manages the R&D department of MARIN. This department is mainly focusing on advanced numerical tools and their validation with experiments.

Henk is heavily involved in European research projects, and has lead two large projects on ship propulsion. Since 2009 he is member of the board of ECMAR, chairing the association from 2013 to 2015. He has chaired the European research association “Vessels for the Future”, bringing together all maritime stakeholders, such as yards, suppliers, research institutes, academia, and class societies. In that position, he was part of the group that revived the Waterborne Technology Platform. From June 2017, he was acting chairman of Waterborne; since January 2018 he is officially appointed as chairman.


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Hermann-Josef Mammes, Vice-chairman

 Head of Research & Development, Meyer Werft (

Herman-Joseff has studied mechanical engineering with the specialization for supply and discharge systems. Since 1987 he is working for Meyer Weft on the design and purchase of supply and discharge systems for cruise vessels. Since 2002 he became responsible for the specification and calculation of supply and discharge systems in the sales and design department. In this time he was involved in the EU Intership and BESST project as work package leader and looked also into the environmental aspects of the cruise ship design. At this time he was also active in the IMO MEPC in the CESA delegation.  

In July 2015 he became head of the research and development department of Meyer Werft and coordinates also the activities of the national and international associations regarding research and development. In 2017, he became chairman of the Research and Development Working Group of SEA Europe and Vice-Chair of the Waterborne Board.


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Wilfried Lemmens, Member of the Board

Managing Director, Royal Belgian Shipowners' Association


Mr. Lemmens has studied Nautical Sciences and started his career his career at sea for a period of 18 years, during which he served for 10 years as captain on board of several types of ships.

In 1999 Mr. Lemmens became Fleet Manager of a maritime service provider and in 2007 he joined the Belgian pilotage as chief-executive officer. In 2009, he became chief operating officer at a maritime transport company of petroleum products. In 2015, he joined the Belgian Royal Shipowners' Association as Managing Director.


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Peilin Zhou, Member of the Board

Chairman of WEGEMT (, Professor of Marine Engineering, University of Strathclyde (

Peilin Zhou has been undertaking teaching and research in Marine Engineering for some 30 years in Universities and Polytechnic in China, Singapore and UK, with 1.5 years of sea-going experience on ocean going vessels as a marine engineer. He became of full Professor in the Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering at the University of Strathclude in 2005. He is Chartered Engineer, fellow if IMarEST. In November 2017, he was elected as the Chairman of the Executive Committee of WEGEMT.


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Laurent Courregelongue, Member of the Board

Director of Expertise Departement, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore (

Laurent Courregelongue holds a degree in materials and mechanical engineering from the Ecole Centrale de Nantes. He started his carrier in consultancy companies providing materials and welding services to naval yards and the french Ministry of Defence. Laurent joined the Classification Society Bureau Veritas in 1998 as a materials and welding specialist. He became director of the equipment and materials certification department in 2006. He represented Bureau Veritas in the Marine Equipment Directive (MarED) group of Notified Bodies and various groups of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS). Since 2017, Laurent manages a technical department involved in European R&D projects in the field of metallic and composite materials, fire safety and environment. Laurent is member of the European Classification Societies R&D Group.



Christophe Tytgat, Member of the Board

Secretary General, SEA Europe (

On 1 March 2016, Christophe Tytgat was appointed as Secretary General of SEA Europe - the Shipyards' and Maritime Equipment Assocation of Europe - and CESA - the Community of European Shipyards' Associations.

Prior to joining SEA Europe, Christophe has worked for 15 years with the European Community Shipowners' Association (ECSA) and before that for the Belgian federal administration, first with the Foreign Affairs Office and then with the Maritime Transport Administration.

Christophe holds degrees in Law, International Relations and East-European Studies from the University of Leuven and has a degree in International and European Law from the University of Brussels.


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Marco Schembri, Member of the Board

Head of Research Projects Coordination Department, Cetena (

Marco Schembri holds a degree in mechanical engineering. From 1998 to 2003 he has been working for Italdesign Giugiaro (car design and engineering company) in the project management department, where he started to deal with thetechnical/administrative management of projects funded by the EC and by National Authorities focussed on human/machine interface for virtual reality and wide screen based CAD/CAM systems. Working in CETENA since 2003, from 2009 he is head of CETENA’s research projects coordination department. He managed several FP5, FP6, FP7 and H2020 projects on various topics, ranging from intermodal freight transport to fuel cells technology on-board ships. In 2011 he participated to the drafting of European Defence Agency Strategic Research Agenda for the Naval sector, chairing together with Fincantieri the Submarine Platform working group. In June 2014, he became a member of the council of ECMAR (European Council for Maritime Applied R&D) and in 2018 Chairman of the association.


Nik Delmeire

Nik Delmeire, Member of the Board

Coordinator, European Inland Waterway Transport Platform (

Nik Delmeire, Belgian, obtained an MBA degree at the University of Leuven in 1982. From 1983 till 2014, he had several management positionis in Purchasing and Supply Chain at AGFA-GEVAERT, a Belgian multinational active in the world of imaging.

Through his role in AGFA's Supply Chain he got involved in the Belgian Shippers' Organisation called OTM. An organization he chaired from 2009 till 2015. He was vice-chairman of the European Shippers Council (ESC) from 2011 till October 2014. In October 2014, he joined ECS as Secretary-General. Since January 2019, he runs the newly established European Inland Waterway Transport Platform. A platform that aims at maximally improving the transportmode from the inside and making it a most attractive supply chain partner.


Paolo Guglia

Paolo Guglia, Chair Coordination Group

R&D Policy Manager, Fincantieri (

Paolo Guglia holds a MSc degree on Electrical Engineering and an MBA from Eni Corporate University, is a certified PMP since 2009 and a Fellow of the Royal Insitute of Naval Architects since 2016. He is working for Fincantieri as a R&D Manager since 2004. Paolo has managed 13 European projects in 4 different Programmes. He has been appointed as Italian expert to the Transport Programme Committee in Horizon 2020 by the Italian Ministry of University and Research, and as an expert for Leadership 2020 and European Sustainable Shipping Forum by the European Commission. He is an active member of SEA Europe, Hydrogen Europe and Vessels for the Future for the definition of maritime R&D priorities.