With more than 20 years of experience on board, with all kinds of vessels and in all ranks from AB to Captain, I am an experienced shipping professional committed to improve the shipping industry. I have an additional experience of 15 years in ship owning and management as managing director of a shipping company.
Over the last 10 years I have been growing convinced that by increasing the efficiency of a ship, its crew and the transport chain of which the ship is a part, we have the answer to the challenges we will be facing in the nearby and far future.
Therefore I established Èta Shipping:
Efficiency through a modular design, using ‘proven ‘technology’
Efficiency by reducing fuel consumption, crew costs and maintenance
Efficiency through better cargo handling
This will result in: Significant reduction of harmful emissions, increased efficiency of sea transport, increased safety at sea and the possibility of integrating shipping into transport chain algorithms, which will make the transport chain much more efficient and thus sustainable.
Before I joined Èta, I worked at ForestWave Navigation as Management Assistant under Sam’s command for almost 6 yrs.
I met Sam during the Christening of the Tide Navigator and Timber Navigator in 2011, the organization of which was part of my job at Damen Shipyards Bergum. Cargo vessels, either in shipbuilding or in shipping, have been a part of my professional life for more than 13 years.
When Sam left ForestWave Navigation, I decided to join him on his new adventure. Sam has a certain perspective on shipping, which I admire. He wants to change traditional shipping, because he is an innovator. He wants to innovate whilst using the newest technologies in autonomous shipping. Since he is been working on this project for more than 10 years he has been able to perfect the design.
I believe his vision is the only way to green the global fleet.
I am Sam’s wife and we have two children. Since 1996 we have been in the shipping business together. I work for Èta Shipping as Office Manager, and help out with the organisation and administration where necessary.
When I met Sam he was already sailing and in the shipping business. When we got the opportunity to start as part owner of a coaster, I decided to join him on board as AB/ Cook. I sailed along and got acquainted with shipping and all the work on board a ship. It was an exciting and fun time. I have seen and experienced a lot! The direct contact with our staff and suppliers and the short lines in communication, appealed to me very much.
In the years that followed, Sam started ForestWave Navigation with a companion. The Company grew rapidly and it quickly changed into a more professional organisation. From that point on, I had no active role in the organisation anymore.
I have always been involved and follow all developments with great interest. I find the energy transition in shipping that has to take place nowadays very important! Working in an innovative way to make shipping more efficient and sustainable, brings a lot of necessary challenges, but it is time for renewal!
Together we have started a new adventure with Èta Shipping, with an enthusiastic group of people. Being part of these developments, makes it very interesting and fun for me.
I am the Managing Director of Marvox. Marvox ("Voice of the Sea") offers sustainable, economically sound solutions in shipbuilding and contracting.
I am looking forward to cooperate with Sam Gombra and Èta Shipping. SNN has awarded us a VIA grant for a feasibility study on plug-in hybrid marine propulsion systems. Sam and I are committed to developing a new kind of ecological ship, one with a minimal ecological footprint, thanks to the use of the latest technologies. Combining our efforts means that we can utilize an integral approach.
I have known Sam for many years and we have worked together on several projects before. I can not wait to start working with Èta Shipping as soon as possible, because I strongly believe 1000% that this will enable us to take great steps forward to a more sustainable mode of transport! The synergy resulting from the collaboration with Sam is very good. We differ enormously in approach and attitude, but the combination is good for many great ideas and solutions.
As a focused graduate in Strategic Innovation Management at Groningen University I take great interest in both innovation and strategy. I believe a combination of these two components is essential in order for a business to succeed. Without a proper strategy, innovation can hardly be considered sustainable. Yet, without innovation, can a corporate strategy be considered sustainable at all?
During my studies I broadened my knowledge in the field of business through various management consultancy-related projects that shared one important aspect: sustainability. ÈTA Shipping combines innovation and strategy in a unique way such that its business model is both financially and environmentally sustainable – something that I believe is needed in order to thrive.
I am excited to be a part of ÈTA Shipping. I will be developing and analysing strategies for growth and success on both a strategic and an operational level. As a team, I believe we can seize the many opportunities that lie ahead of us and create a sustainable future.
An experienced project manager with a broad interest in technical solutions and a passion for innovation.
Like Sam and the ÈTA Shipping team, I’m also convinced that efficiency and sustainability are the key factors for the future of shipping. Higher standards as well as new exciting technological solutions are on their way!
It is great to initiate these changes and being part of the team that will realize these goals.
“A successful investment project in the European short sea market combines maximum earning capacity and a minimal break-even level with optimal flexibility to respond quickly to new opportunities and developments. The ÈTA 6700 project perfectly meets these criteria. ”