ForestWave Navigation was founded in 2003 by captain owner Gerrit Diepeveen and a colleague, when they ordered two new multi purpose 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 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 ForestWave to further develop the activities of our company.

Commercial management

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 45 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 extended our close cooperation with Schulte & Bruns. Our subsidiary Schulte & Bruns Nederland forms part of the network of chartering offices in Hamburg (Germany), Newcastle (UK), Vigo (ES). The different offices are connected through one IT system enabling the overview of the chartering and operations of all 45 ships in the Schulte & Bruns fleet. In this cooperation we as ForestWave do the chartering and operations of 33 ships of the fleet.

Technical Ship Management

We started Ship Management with 2 vessels in 2011. Meanwhile the number has increased to twelve ships, of which five Damen Combi Freighter 8200’s and five Damen Combi Freighter 10500’s/11000”s and two Peters Kampen built Sole 10000’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.