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Henk Voogt

Asset Manager Port Infrastructure, Port of Rotterdam

Proactive and Predictive Waterfront Asset Management – Port of Rotterdam Experience

It is crucial to understand the current condition state of aging port infrastructure around the world and adopt cost-effective and sustainable strategies to repair and maintain these assets. Over the past decade, considerable research was conducted on the mechanisms responsible for the deterioration of structures exposed to harsh environments, as well as evaluation condition and performance reporting procedures. Recently, a new generation of deterioration models and risk-based management approaches combined with state-of-the-art GIS technology have come to prominence.  These methodologies are used on projects to assist port owners and engineers in optimizing the use of funds to keep their ports as safe and competitive as possible.

This presentation covers the use of a proactive, predictive and risk-based asset management approach, and its underlying principals in one of the world’s largest ports.



After graduating with a degree in civil engineering, Henk Voogt began his career with the design and construction of several quay walls in Rotterdam. Since 2001 he has worked as an asset manager marine structures at the Port of Rotterdam. In this position, he is involved in investigating and solving the problem of corrosion in Rotterdam. He was a member of PIANC working group 44, which has drawn up a report on how to deal with ALWC in maritime structures. Additionally, he was program manager of the refurbishment and useful lifetime extension of the old quay walls in the Port of Rotterdam. More recently, Henk Voogt was involved in the development of Port of Rotterdam‘s state of the art asset management tool KMS. The port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe and is ranked in the top 10 largest ports in the world.

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