I’ve spoken my mind (in Dutch) on various occasions about proper journalism. Journalists are accused of publishing ‘fake news’. The counterparts can be accused of provoking that when they don’t respond to queries in order to get the full story. I’ve found that more and more.. As it is, I contnue working to the best of my abilities.

Havencongres 2013 foto: Robert Tjalondo Rockin’ Pictures for Magazine De Haven, Managementproducties

I’m ready for any kind of venture. such as being occasionally hired to act as a roving reporter at congresses (in the pic with well-known economist Sweder van Wijnbergen) and informal get-togethers. All is done from my home base Rotterdam, leading European port and known from it’s out of the ordinary architecture. Even Lonely Planet, The New York Times, UK-based dailies and others have recognized Rotterdam’s remarkable features and friendly people.

Achievements: My profession provides insight into politics, structures of organisations and businesses. I can use that for the benefit of others who are stuck in bureaucracy or cannot find their way into the ‘system’. I also help to make cultural plans happen. Some results of efforts done are: * A more welcoming entrance of the Cruise Terminal Rotterdam by urging to put some huge potted plants close to it, and urging the municipality to finally use the over €3M budget for logistic improvement in and outside the building. * Successes to achieve tailor-made grants out of funds for the disabled. * Promotional work for the restart of the local venue Het Witte Paard in Rotterdam-Vreewijk (the suburb I live in) and many more.

Proven performance: Pictures and videos with me in action is evidence. My channel YouTube and publications on InstagramTwitter, harbourexpert.simplesite.com LinkedIn and Facebook unveil more about my various activities. Please listen to this programme when you can. Presenter John Brosens at Exxact Barendrecht invited me to tell about my work (in Dutch).  https://soundcloud.com/janecook/janny-bij-panorama-literama-220720212000

Publications in books: Schaken Tegen De Dood * De Haven * De Kracht van Verbindingen; a series of interviews with people in senior management in the port of Rotterdam * Rotterdam Stad Met een Hart, text contributions to photo book by Paul Martens.

Articles written for Hazardous Cargo Bulletin, * the international shipping weekly Fairplay * Tankcontainer Magazine * Tug & OSV magazine * Navigator.NL. I also contributed to the national daily Algemeen Dagblad, the Southern Nederlands based press agency Brabant Pers, The International Herald Tribune (advertisements about Dutch satellite communications) and on one occasion to the Daily Star. Production work has been done for ITN and UK-based production agencies.

The latest achievements are contributions to Financieel Management (FM.nl) and Innovation Origins.

Translation (Dutch/English: Pioneers in the maritime sector Ship 2040 published by the Dutch branch organisationMVO Nederland and translation work for Dutch-based organisations. among them the entrepreneur organisation to the port Deltalinqs and Smart Port. Governmental Provincie Zuid-Holland asked me to translate a leaflet about their work as well.

Recent activity: I’m an individual speech coach in English, ready to support Dutch persons who are to address an international group of people or are invited to give a presentation at a conference.

Please go to https://youtu.be/GYVUIp3Nl20to and to https://youtu.be/qaabrmCLgS0 get an impression of my surroundings and to https://youtu.be/Kvb7_vmIkZY to hear more about the Marine Club Rotterdam. I’m a member/columnist and ‘roving reporter ‘of this networking club of Rotterdam-based entrepreneurs in the maritime industry. Please go to the club’s website.

 The port of Rotterdam is food for thought of Rotterdam’s city poet Derek Otte. Hear him at https://youtu.be/HyW3_VbQh00

Closer to home suburb Vreewijk the Rotterdam Wijktheater show Status Apart(e) was on stage. It was held at various locations in my neck of the wood in October. I was part of the amateur players on the out of the ordinary stage, acting as a very sluggish guide named Stoffel de Schildpad (Stoffel Tortoise in English)

Curious to know more? https://vimeo.com/jeroeninc/statusaparte 


The logo in red stands for community centre De Brink, that celebrated its 100 years anniversary in November 2018. I’ve contributed to a book that has been published on the occasion.


One thing is clear: the left bank of the river Meuse is the cultural hot spot in Rotterdam, although some civil servants’ top brass think otherwise. The cultural evidence can be found in the districts Katendrecht, IJsselmonde, Afrikaanderwijk, Vreewijk, and other southern Rotterdam districts.

Cruise ship Rotterdam as pictured from the Cruiseterminal Rotterdam at Wilhelminakade, Rotterdam; to be more precise, at the left bank of the river. And . . . time to listen to this? https://m.soundcloud.com/jaccovangiessen/boei-3-themauur-kop-van-zuid-riek-bakker It takes some 50 minutes. The item was broadcasted by …….

The Rotterdam-based television station Open Rotterdam knows where to find me for local news when needed.

picture was taken by Lies Russel

Port physician Willem den Hoed  has been retired, but then again he is not. He is active in various areas, including preserving the medical heritage of his father Daniel den Hoed who was in the forefront of research and development of cancer treatment. Until early Spring 2018 Daniel den Hoed’s name was clearly visible on the Daniel den Hoed Kliniek building. ‘De Danel” still is a household name for all who worked or was treated in this Rotterdam-based clinic, but the Board of Executives of the Erasmus university hospital deemed it fit to move the clinic’s practice to the new building of the hospital and call it Erasmus Cancer Centre. True, the name describes what happens inside the building.

All those who know what the name of Daniel den Hoed still stands for, regret that his name appears to be faded out for the sake of the international position the Erasmus university hospital aims to have, although his bust has found its place at the radiology department of Erasmus university hospital. One of them certainly is Daniel’s son Willem den Hoed. Together with trusted partners (myself included), he established the Daniel den Hoed Foundation.

The foundation has its own website and LinkedIn and  Facebook page 

All is done from my Rotterdam home suburb Tuindorp Vreewijk.

More information about Vreewijk-based stories and activities can be found at the various websites about the out of the ordinary suburb. Please go to Like Je Wijk Vreewijk, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to find further and better particulars, as well.

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