Time for action Afdrukken

TIME FOR ACTIONS: I'm ready for any kind of venture. such as being occasionally hired by Management Producties to act as roving reporter at its congresses. The next Havencongres is scheduled to be held on 14th April, 2016.




The picture with me in action is evidence. My channel YouTube and publications on harbourexpert.simplesite.com LinkedIn and Facebook unveil more..



Bridging the gaps:

The plan to construct an out of the ordinary bridge has been materialised. Please go to www.luchtsingel.nl , my page on Facebook and other social media for more information.

Husband Jaap and I were amongst the Rotterdammers who contributed to the materialisation of the bridge - called Luchtsingel (Air Canal) - and were present to open Luchtsingel officially.

Talking about connections: another one has opened between the Wilhelminapier and the Katendrecht district in Rotterdam;l a bridge that already has a nickname. It refers to the old days when Katendrecht was known as a red light district.

The story of my life

Radio Rijnmond asked me to tell the story of my youth for the program Zonder Eten Naar Bed (roughly translated Out to Bed You Go). In the Dutch announcement of the item That's the Way I grew Up (Zo ben ik groot geworden), it was mentioned that, at times, I felt like a guide dog.Curious to know how that felt? Please go to http://t.co/ybvAJdZn

Unfortunately, top brass of Radio Rijnmond decided to axe the programme in an attempt to economise on expenditure. The producers of Zonder Eten Naar Bed have unsuccessfully defended the programme they've loved to make. So much for appreciation of the work done.




South African trip

Early Spring 2012, Janny and husband Jaap met old friends and relatives in South Africa.Who would have thought that this would be the last journey we had together. As it is, Janny went down to memory lane to meet old friends. She has talked to Mr Patrick who manages one of the projects.Joop Lensink supervises. Jaap (RIP) was fundraiser of these projects. Nurse Sibungili (see picture with Janny) and Mr. Patrick (former sales manager of Nestlé) know that progress is made slowly but surely. These two friends set the example of strong people who collaborate to help others to help themselves. themselves.

However, in fact it is a shame that the South African government  and schools stipulate that pupils of particular primary and secondary schools should wear school uniforms and matching shoes, but does not provide the facilities for the really poor to acquire these items.Without the proper attire they cannot attend classes. It is just one example of a government taking self interest of its cabinet ministers first and foremost.





PREVIOUS actions of the Drag Anchor decorated Janny (please read elsewhere on this site for further explanation) still go on. She still supports the idea of making the statue in dedication of the Unknown Docker reality. The idea of materialising the statue Unknown Docker - made by Sandy Warnaar - is supported by Chief Marketing Officer Mai Elmar and other bigwigs in Rotterdam. The scheme as to how is still under discussion.

Janny has also embarked projects in her own home suburb Vreewijk; the oldest but one Welwyn Garden City look-alike in the Netherlands to safeguard the existence of the characteristic venue Het Witte Paard. Entrepreneurs and the organisation of inhabitants of this specific Rotterdam area can look back on nice festivities on the occasion of the official reopening of the venue Het Witte Paard in the centre of Vreewijk. Today, business is booming.

At the time, hospitality entrepreneurs Daan and Mirjan Kint were brave enough to move their Mediterranean restaurant RoosMarijn to the Het Witte Paard refurbished building.  They have been pictured together with CEO Hedy van den Berk of the social housing company Havensteder, who has offered the couple gardens' help outside the venue. Connoisseurs living in Vreewijk are happy to have RoosMarijn in Het Witte Paard so close at home.  Please go to www.roos-marijn.nl for further and better particulars.


Super Volunteer

Janny's husband Jaap was one of the many volunteering Dutch who were distinguished by the Queen (or rather the special department of Dutch Queen's Honours) for their outstanding contribution to the Dutch community. Recently he celebrated another milestone in RoosMarijn in Het Witte Paard: that of his 70th birthday. 

THERE is more than that going on in the oldest but one garden city in the Netherlands. Please go to http://www.ondernemendvreewijk.nl to find out. Next on the agenda is improving business and life at the green district of Rotterdam. VOV_Vreewijk is on Twitter as well.

Read all about further developments at Janny's page on Facebook and elsewhere on social media.

New assignments

Janny reads more than one daily, and writes for more than just the one special interest paper. She sympathises with Fokke & Sukke, who plead to be published. Please go to www.foksuk.nl to learn more about these out of the ordinary birds and their creators. 

More details @ this website can be found by clicking the button Work.

You will find relatively new publications who appreciate Janny's work.

The latest publications which is likely to commission Janny on a regular bases is Dutch-based special interest magazine Port Industry. The American-based Breakbulk Magazine turned out to be a 'one night stand'. Lesson learned at this end: stick to working for the British and the Dutch

Please watch this space or that at Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for updates.

Call for protection of copyrights and more . . . .

OR FAIR SHARE . . . .the Dutch union of journalists NVJ has started the campaign Fair Share (Eerlijk Deel) in an attempt to safeguard the rights of both publisher and freelance contributor. NVJ proposes to introduce a surcharge on top of the regular rate per contribution of a freelance journalist or photographer, in an attempt to solve the problem of forced assignment of rights by contract the publisher wants freelance to sign.

As it is, publishers such as National Geographic, Sanoma and IHS claim these rights for free. Freelance contributors are left with the liability of their work, which is in danger to be deformed by others. “We won’t twist your arm”, publishers say, but warn that contributors who do not sign the contract will be not commissioned. At least, Dutch junior minister Fred Teeven is aware of the copyright subject and plans to adapt legislation. It is still time for action!


Dutch-based foundation Afrikaad has a heart beating for the people of the Republic of Ghana and all things related to that country and West-African environs. Foundation president Aad van der Munnik brought Ghana home through importing Ghanaian arts and crafts to the Netherlands, thus building up a business network of Ghanaian artists and craftsmen. In the process Van der Munnik and his wife Willy Schols found their core business in Ghana: that of contributing to further developing education and that offering other practical help for the benefit of people living in Ghana. 


Afrikaad's logo Funtumfrafo – one of the Akan symbols – stands for unity in diversity, and the oneness of humanity in spite of the differences. It is symbolised in the many-headed crocodile with a single stomach.It is no surprise that Funtumfrafo is in the minds and hearts of all involved in the foundation Afrikaad: both in the Netherlands and in Ghana and elsewhere in West-Africa. Please go to http://www.afrikaad.nl to find more about the work of the couple Van der Munnik/Schols and their friends close to home and far away.

Closer to home is IT Doctor Roderick Guépin, owner of ICT United. He used to cooperate with good old IT Doctor Mike Vuyk, who unfortunately had to step down. On the positive side is that Mike is still in the background, keeping abreast of the latest developments within and outside ICT United. Please find out yourself at http://www.ictunited.nl

Maritime female senior managers in action

WISTA The Netherlands president Karin Orsel was elected WISTA International president. She's an active lady for the good course of having Women @ the Helm and a tough lady at that! Read all about it on LinkedIn and Facebook. WISTA welcomes WISTA members to join the groups on these two social media.

Janny ready to co-host conferences Afdrukken

Janny is ready to get more assignments for co-hosting conferences. In this pic she is in action at a seminar about sharing valuable information for the benefit of the port community. She also co-hosted what was called Lijstduwers Debat and much earlier at the Freight Select fair.

Janny has done the trick again at Havencongres 2012 in Rotterdam in the act of roving reporter during the intervals at which she invited delegates to speak their mind on camera.

Please click on www.havencongres.nl for further information.

Visitors of www.jannykok.nl as stated by Motigo on 22/03/2009:

1. Nederland 6.692 80,7 %
2. Verenigd Koninkrijk 278 3,4 %
3. Verenigde Staten 163 2,0 %
4. België 132 1,6 %
5. Noorwegen 104 1,3 %
6. VS Commercieel 93 1,1 %
7. Netwerk 73 0,9 %
8. Duitsland 55 0,7 %
9. Frankrijk 47 0,6 %
10. Zuid-Afrika 35 0,4 %
De rest 623 7,5 %
Totaal 8.295 100,0 %
Maasvlakte 2 Afdrukken




Rotterdam Port land reclamation more and more in shape

MAASVLAKTE 2 has become in shape. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands launched the names of the then  future docks at the port land reclamation. A few years later she closed the sea defence officially

The construction of 1,000 hectares of additional docks and terminals started on a sunny, but windy day early September 2008 with what is called 'the first plunge' (of sand) for Maasvlakte 2, after 15 years of discussion and legal procedures.

Janny and Jaap spotted the then recent state of affairs up in the air on returning home from their trip in South Africa in March. At the time, the visibility was clear enough to take this picture. The first fully automated terminals will be operational in stages, that will be tested on security, reliability and stability one by one. They are expected to be fully operational later this year.

Rotterdam's heritage Afdrukken

Rotterdam's heritage

Vreewijk the oldest but one garden 'city' in the Netherlands - should be cherished. Architect Grandpré Molière designed part of the houses, early 20th century. His statement about Vreewijk can be found on a plaque. It says (in Dutch): The value of the 1st Rotterdam garden village is not in what has been built, but in what has been ventured, persevered and defied!

Inhabitants of Vreewijk are well aware of that. They keep on campaigning to preserve the typical Garden City features, but find time to celebrate as well. Vreewijk bard Kees Korbijn and Janny Kok were spotted at Midzomerfeest in the art of performing.



Surprise, surprise:

Janny can be followed on Twitter and other social media, such as YouTube, Facebook and LinkedIn (as mentioned elsewhere)

Please find her nicknamed as harbourexpert on Twitter, on Facebook under her own name and on YouTube (the world famous in Rotterdam shipping correspondent)