Alan Smith

Ricardo Duijser


Personal Profile

I am an energetic person who has an eye for detail, a broad range of interests and eager to learn new things. I have experience as captain on inland shipping vessels, and as project engineer for safety related control systems. I am able to keep an overview and oversee the bigger picture. I am excellent at working with others to achieve an objective on time, with efficient use of options.

Work Experience

Captain at Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

June 2013 - Present

As captain I am responsible for the on- board safety, ensuring a safe navigation, planning the maintenance of the ship and supervising the training of the crew. I do this together with a nautical crew of 7 people, and an additional hotel crew of 35 people. We sail the Rhine, Main and Danube from Amsterdam to Basel or Budapest.

Project Engineer at Pilz Netherlands

March 2013 - Present

After graduating at Pilz for my bachelor's degree in January 2013 I started working as a project engineer. In this role I designed fail-safe control systems for a broad range of industries. Some high lights were the commissioning of the renovated lift bridge in Boskoop and the newly built lock in Gouda. Currently I am working part time at Pilz on a long term project for the Dutch ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. In this project we assess movable bridges and locks for its compliance to functional safety.

Relief captain

April 2007 - June 2013

As relief captain I worked on a freelance basis for short and long periods on various cargo ships. I travelled with these ships on the Rhine and its tributaries, West Germans canals and the Dutch open waters. In this role I learned to adapt to new and unfamiliar situations, make myself quickly acquainted with new control systems and how to handle a crew I didn't know nor had worked with before.

Key Skills

  • Troubleshooting
  • Electrical engineering
  • Machinery safety
  • Shipping
  • Teamwork
  • Communication


University of Applied Sciences

Bachalor of applied scienses

Major Industrial Automation, Minor Technical Commercial Engineer, graduated in railway safety systems.

Shipping academy

Captain inland navigation

Nautical legislation, basic shipping theories, onboard management and additional technical courses.