CEO (Founder), Sales & Business Development
Years of experience in the sector: since 2004
Area of expertise: maritime regulatory, maritime training, safety & security, STCW requirements, (maritime) operational management, passenger ships & yachting industry, project -, and IT implementation management, E-learning & virtual reality simulation.
Tim was born in the middle of the Netherlands but comes from a family with a rich maritime history that goes back to at least four generations. He grew up in a warm entrepreneurial family where company events were discussed at the kitchen table when the family celebrated dinner together.
After completing his study at the Maritime Academy in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Tim started his seagoing career in the cruise industry working for Holland America Line (HAL). For nine years he covered several positions and gained experience in navigation, ship stability, safety, lifesaving, security, shipboard training, and crew management. After leaving the fleet, he worked as a Senior Officer on several special projects for training and crew management.
At the age of 31, Tim got appointed to Captain.
With this extensive shipboard experience, Tim was scouted in 2013 by Falck Nutec. He led several large-scale projects supporting the Dutch maritime industry with a focus on training innovations born by the IMO STCW 2010 Manila Amendments. It was him developing the new national maritime safety training standards as part of the Dutch answer to these changed IMO regulations.
Using this new training standard as the steady foundation, Tim developed for the global Falck Nutec organization an innovative training site, combining realistic firefighting training, command & control and leadership with Virtual Reality (VR) simulation. This scenario-based training concept got endorsed by the Dutch Maritime Authority.
After two years, Tim continued extending his experience in the international training industry by joining the world market leader in VR simulation in the safety & security industry: XVR Simulation. There, he focused on the design and final execution of a fine product-to-market strategy for a new green field market segment. This included the final accreditation of the XVR Simulation Platform by five Maritime Authorities.
By combining his broad knowledge and expertise in the operational maritime field, developing and innovating training models & content, maritime simulations, safety, and E-Learning, Blue Orange Wave was born at the end of 2017. Currently, through consultancy and project management, Tim maintains active contact with the maritime field to tailor the products that Blue Orange Wave offers to the needs and wishes of its existing and new customers.
Customer Success & Operations
Years of experience in the sector: since 2006
Area of expertise: shipboard training, maritime safety, lifesaving, navigation, cargo handling, pilotage, hardware & software integrations, and customer success.
He was born in a coastal town along the Dutch Coast and from a young age, he always felt connected with the sea, ships, and sailing, as a lot of men in his family were seamen, sailing on coasters and fishing boats. It was no surprise for him to get involved in the maritime world.
He started his carrier with Holland America Line and made his way up the ranks. He quickly found himself in the position of the officer that was usually implementing new hardware and software within the navigational team. This made him also responsible for upgrading all voyage plans to the newest standards in combination with the latest software.
As he was working on passenger’s vessels he also grew with communication skills and training skills. As these ships have a large crew that all need training, he learned how to instruct & train the crew in a constructive and fun way.
This did not change at all when he changed over to P&O ferries. He continued developing himself making sure he trained his crew to the designated standards as well as maintaining all navigational hardware and software.
Looking for a new challenge Hein started training to become a pilot in the port of Rotterdam. This gave him the possibility to learn first-hand about all the different ways ships are being led. From cultural differences among the crew to differences within (safety) training. Unfortunately, during a ship/pilot tender transfer he was involved in an industrial accident, resulting in being unable to complete the pilot training successfully.
After a short sabbatical, Hein decided to restart his career and go for something new in which he could make beneficial use of all his developed skills. He got in contact with Blue Orange Wave and was quickly hooked on the possibilities and options the company provides. As Blue Orange Wave’s Customer & Partner Success Manager, Hein Schaap puts customers first and ensures that the customer is well served, well trained, and well maintained.
ZHIXU (IRVIN) ZHANG
Sales & Business Development
Area of expertise: consumer electronics, medical devices, virtual reality, renewable energy, and EdTech.
Irvin was born and raised in the south of China, a region with a diverse culture and famous cities such as Guangzhou (Canton), Hong Kong, and Shenzhen. He moved to Singapore to study and worked there for 5 years.
In 2019, Irvin decided to take the adventure to relocate to France with his family. After some years in medical engineering and product management, Irvin followed his motivation and passion by finalising his Master’s in International Business and Technology at IÉSEG School of Management.
His main driver is based on purposes and significance. He gets motivated when businesses and technology positively impact our society and has the inspiration to further build his career in sales and business development. Irvin is pleased he joined Blue Orange Wave to be able to learn the real deal at a SME in a totally new market segment. He firmly believes that the solutions brought by the company are real changers to the maritime training market, as maritime professionals can work more confidently with strong competencies in a safer environment.
LISA MARIA JORDÀ
Marketing & Communication
Area of expertise: marketing management, online marketing, branding, design, and content.
Lisa was born in Groningen and raised in Blanes, a Spanish coastal town along the Mediterranean Sea, which made her sense a strong bond with the sea as a youngster.
As a young student, she got her first job and practiced her communication skills in Catalan, Spanish, English, and Dutch; here she discovered her great passion for the business world and especially for marketing.
After this personal discovery, Lisa decided to study Marketing Management at Hanze University of Applied Sciences, where she created marketing campaigns for fictional and real clients and gained a deep knowledge of what she defines as “the art of creating value in a reciprocal way”.
In 2021, Lisa encountered Blue Orange Wave and feels amazed by the company’s smart technologies as well as its values. As an enthusiastic Marketing Management student, she joins the team and looks forward to improving what has been set up to make what is better, the best!
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