Sibrand Hassing (1958) started his career at sea after a maritime education in Delfzijl. After that he worked for the Ministry of Transport and Water Management for more than twenty years, later Infrastructure and the Environment, as senior policy officer within the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport. Hassing left in 2013 the ministry to work with the Holland America Line (HAL) as Director Nautical Operations Europe. Today, Hassing is now working for the Holland America Group, where HAL is part of, as Director Fleet Operations Europe. Secondary activities in addition to chairman and board member of the Royal Netherlands Shipowners Association (KVNR): member of the Professional Field Commission Higher Vocational Education Maritime Officer of the Maritime Institute Willem Barentsz; Member Supervisory Board ProSea Foundation.