Chief Engineer, Jan De Nul Group

In the port of Zeebrugge, we stepped on board of Jan De Nul Group’s multi-purpose vessel Isaac Newton to speak to Chief Engineer Pascal Redeker. “This is the ideal job for those looking for a job where every day is different and you get the opportunity to work with the best material and equipment. Though, make sure you don’t mind getting your overalls dirty”, Pascal quips.

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“After completing my nautical study I started out in merchant shipping. Through friends who were already working in dredging I finally landed a job at Jan De Nul”, Pascal tells us. “That was 14 years ago. I started out at third mechanic on board a dredging vessel. Over the years I developed from second to first mechanic.” Pascal works on various different dredging projects. “I have fond memories of working on our larger projects in the Middle East, Dubai – where we worked on the palm islands, or Panama, where we dredged the Panama Channel. Projects I will never forget.”


“For the past six months I have worked as Chief Engineer on de Isaac Newton”, he states proudly. The multi-purpose vessel Isaac Newton is equipped for various purposes: installing subsea cables, trenching and rock dumping. As Chief Engineer Pascal is responsible for the machine room team of engineers and electricians. “We take care of all the equipment in the machine room as well as on deck. Next to that I am responsible for planning the maintenance and repairs together with the technical team.” Moreover, Pascal really enjoys this challenge. Especially on board of a vessel like Isaac Newton. “It is a wonderful vessel, like many others in the Jan De Nul fleet. The group has a young fleet of high-tech vessels. The offshore industry is very different to the dredging industry. Offshore feels that much more variable to me, with variety in projects such as trenching and cable laying projects. Something I really enjoy”, Pascal shares.


Teams work for six weeks at a team, twelve hours a day. “We have a day and night shift to make sure the vessel can continuously work.” The team is very diverse, according to Pascal.

“We work with a great many different nationalities. Of course, there are some cultural differences, but that adds to the charm. We work together to deliver the best possible work offshore. And the atmosphere is great on board.”

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Watch the video interview with Pascal Redeker (in Dutch)


Pascal plans to stay where he is for the time being. “I have just started to working as Chief Engineer on board and am really enjoying myself. I want to continue this work for the foreseeable future.” He is also very pleased with Jan De Nul. “Jan De Nul is a great employer. The vessels are efficient and innovative and the facilities are great on board. We have a good gym, internet, mess room and great food from our chef”, Pascal laughs. In addition, good to know, the annual leave and salary are also good, Pascal concludes.


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