Johan Pennekamp, chair of the CEDA-NL section, reflects on a dredging enthusiast and CEDA stalwart
Our dear companion in the dredging industry community, Nico van Drimmelen, passed away on 28 March, just 13 days before his 77th birthday. With the death of Nico, we have lost a highly appreciated and active icon in our Dutch and international dredging industry community. He was still contributing until his very last day.
Nico started his professional career in the early 1970s, joining IHC Smit as a researcher at IHC-MTI where he gradually moved up to lead the department. In the 1980s, he headed the Design department at IHC in Kinderdijk, and by the end of the decade he was responsible for the Europe region.
During this time, he was involved in a manifold of managerial functions across IHC business units, including IHC Beaver Dredgers and IHC Dredgers. In 1992, Nico extended his CEDA membership and became part of the executive committee of the Dutch Section of the association, as a representative of the dredge-building sector. He held this position beyond his retirement in 2005 until 2007, making him one of the longest-serving members of our national CEDA-NL board.
Nico also sat as an alternate member on the CEDA Board of Directors from 1992 until 1996, again representing the dredge-building sector. Nico’s intelligence, balance, and persuasive skills have always contributed enormously to our association. He was a monumental, encyclopedic historical reference, always motivated and enthusiastic to help where and whenever called for. The stories he could tell!
When he retired, Nico and his wife Imanda, left Kinderdijk to live in Zeelandic Flanders. Although he moved away, his commitment to CEDA did not diminish. Nico continued to attend all our CEDA-NL events, right up to our January meeting.
We express our sincere condolences to his wife, their two children, four grandchildren, and family.