VAN DE WETERING BOAT & SPECIAL TRANSPORT CONDUCTS BUSINESS THROUGHOUT EUROPE, TURKEY, NORTH AFRICA, THE CANARY ISLANDS AND ASIA. LEONARD LOOIJENGA FINDS OUT HOW THE COMPANY GREW INTO A WORLD-CLASS BOAT HAULIER.
“My parents started the company in the early sixties”, explains owner Alex van de Wetering. “With one truck my father was busy moving mainly hay and straw. At the local draughts club, he met the owner of a shipyard which had started producing moulds for fibreglass boats and the man had a problem: ‘How can I move these things?’ My father said: ‘I can do that for you’. That’s how the oldest boat transport company in Europe started.
“In 1966, a second unit was bought when my brother Henk joined the company,” continues van de Wetering. In 1975 Henk became co-owner of the company and soon took the helm. By that time the fleet consisted of six vehicles. “I started with the company at the age of 17 and have been behind the wheel for nearly 22 years,” says van de Wetering.
After my father died in 1987 I took over his shares and became co-owner with Henk. While Henk was running the company I continued driving. In 1998 he stepped back and I followed in his footsteps.” At that point the fleet was 18 vehicles, today it has grown to over 50 low-loaders with a staff of 75.
“Since 2014 I’m the only shareholder. The next generation is represented as well, my nephew Nico, started working in the traffic office 18 years ago and over the years he got involved in the day-to-day running of the company more and more”.