Cornelius de Keijzer, Master Mariner, has been involved in the shipping business for 55 years.

After graduating from the Nautical Academy Rotterdam he joined the Holland America Line as junior deck officer and after 11 years in the Dutch, Liberian and Canadian merchant marine he signed off and joined Furness Shipping and Agency as shore captain and liner manager.

In 1974 he exchanged private enterprise for public service and was 13 years active in vessel traffic- and port control management at Pilot Maas, Europoort and the Port of Rotterdam Harbour Co-ordination Centre respectively.

In 1987 he was appointed as Regional Harbourmaster of the Left Bank Area and in 1991 he exchanged operational management for policy development as Senior Policy Advisor for the Rotterdam Port Management.
Capt. De Keijzer is an acknowledged expert on port and nautical environment and safety affairs, frequent lecturer and publicist on a wide variety of subjects and well known as a veteran speaker.

He represented the Port of Rotterdam in a large number of International, EU and National official bodies, projects and working groups, committees and foundations.

From 1996 – 2000 he was IBIA councillor and from 2000 – 2005 he was Chairman of the International Bunker Conference.
He retired per 1 July 2004 and for his merits the Rotterdam Court of Mayor and Aldermen rewarded him with the “Erasmus” medal.

Since 2004 he is President of the Rotterdam Branch of the World Ship Society.