Congratulations, Hendrik van Aswege!

To combat the shortage of skilled labour in inland navigation, the specialist department WS 21 at the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV), which is responsible for the promotion of training and further education in inland navigation, initiated the the first video blog competition and, together with the inland navigation associations BDB and BDS in 2023.

We are delighted that Hendrik van Aswege, son of our member Martin Michael van Aswege (MS “Annegret”) has won this first videoblog competition. With his targeted advertising in the form of lucrative contributions and videos Hendrik shares his profession and his life with a wide audience and is always trying to get young people interested in inland navigation. “Do your best in your training. It’s your best time and we have one of the most beautiful professions in the world,” he said at the award ceremony on the training ship Rhine on 07.02.2024.

Of course, we would also like to congratulate the second and third-placed participants for their fantastic support. We are very pleased about the commitment of the young inland waterway skippers and the trainees themselves and hope that this format will be continued in the weeks to come.