ForestWave Navigation was founded in 2003 by captain owners Gerrit Diepeveen and Sam Gombra, when they ordered two new multipurpose single deckers of 4,500 ton dwt.
When Gerrit Diepeveen passed away in 2006, his shares were passed to his son Fred. At that time Fred was the head of the chartering department of a short sea shipping company and responsible for the chartering of more than 40 multi purpose vessels in the range of 3,000 to 8,000 ton dwt. In 2010 Fred took the decision to join Sam to further develop the activities of ForestWave.
In 2011, shortly after Fred’s move, a joint venture with Schulte & Bruns GmbH & Co. KG, Papenburg in Germany, came into full operation.
Schulte & Bruns is a well-known reputable shipping company in Germany with a history of more than 130 years. Their main activity is transportation and warehousing of particularly peat. For this they operate approximately 40 multi purpose ships, own warehouses in Papenburg and are active in landside logistics. Thereby they operate substantial contracts for peat producers.
In 2016 we acquired Schulte & Bruns Nederland and by doing so extend our close cooperation with Schulte & Bruns. Our subsidiary Schulte & Bruns Nederland forms part of the network of chartering offices in Hamburg (Germany), Newcastle (UK) and Sweden. The different offices are connected through one IT system enabling the overview of the chartering and operations of all 40 ships in the Schulte & Bruns fleet. In this cooperation we as ForestWave do the chartering and operations of 25 ships of the fleet.
Technical Ship Management
We started Ship Management with 2 vessels in 2011. Meanwhile the number has increased to eleven ships, of which five Damen Combi Freighter 8200’s and four Damen Combi Freighter 10500’s.
Finance and administration
Since 2011 the finance and administration department is headed by Ric Nijhout, who has been active all his working life in the marine industry, in banking, as well as in shipbuilding. His last assignment was Financial Director for 10 years with Seatrade.