News item no 1, January 2020
General Meeting/Celebrating 12,5th anniversary ISRA

On the 28th of January ISRA held its General Meeting in Amsterdam. Of course, the General Meeting started with the commemoration of Tom Peter Blankestijn, who passed away on the 12th of August 2019. Tom Peter meant so much for ISRA and will be severely missed by all of us.

Tom Peter


General Meeting

The General Meeting was very fruitful. Various important subjects were addressed: a long-term framework for budget rules, the relationship between the ISRA standards versus the EU-list, the permanent need to be active in the field of illegal exports of and the developments concerning the Hong Kong Convention.

The meeting concluded with a speech from the director to say goodbye to Adem Simsek as chairman ISRA and the unanimous appointment of Dr. K. Galanis as our new chairman.

12,5th Anniversary of ISRA

On the evening of the January 28, a dinner was arranged to celebrate the 12,5th Anniversary of ISRA. At this occasion Adem Simsek commemorated, in the presence of the wife and daughter of Tom Peter, Machteld and Roos, Tom Peter as a very fine person who contributed tremendously to the sound and safe recycling of ships.

Secretary General Bernard Veldhoven in his address referred to the very successful period of ISRA during the chairmanship of Adem Simsek and announced that the board of ISRA appointed Adem Simsek to “Honourable Member of ISRA” for life.

Machteld and Roos Blankestijn

Adem Simsek, appointed “Honourable Member of ISRA”

New chairman ISRA, Dr. K. Galanis

Secretary General, Bernard Veldhoven

Director ISRA, Reinoud Pijpers


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