Enabling growth in the shipping industry
A conversation with Marcel Heijnsbroek of SMT Shipping
SMT Shipping is an integrated shipping company with a fleet of over 60 vessels and full ship management capacities in-house. The company focuses on dry bulk and self-loading and self-discharging, and has offices all over the world.
Marcel Heijnsbroek has been in logistics and shipping for his entire career and has been with SMT Shipping ever since 2007.
Marcel Heijnsbroek: “I like the shipping industry because of all of the challenges that come with it. It's always dynamic and there is never a dull moment. Next to that there is always lots of room to improve, that's what strikes me most. I'm never without ideas to improve further.”
So for SMT Shipping, growth is key. When it comes to financing shipping deals and enabling growth, Marcel has found a valuable partner in NIBC.
Marcel: "What I like most about NIBC is the match we find in the entrepreneurial attitude. So we have that very much as a shipping company and it's just nice to find that back in a bank as well. NIBC’s short, direct communication lines is probably what most people prefer in fact. The bank is of course made also by its people. The team that we find in NIBC is to us very capable, and very much responsive to us."
"In shipping, I don't think you can ever stop growing because if you stop growing you may find yourself reducing in size," Marcel notes. "So we always have a growth perspective which is actually very difficult because everything is expensive these days, but we are still active and looking for the right next deal for us."
At NIBC Shipping, we share Marcel's passion for the shipping industry and we understand the importance of finding the right financial partner to help achieve these growth objectives.
Whether you're looking to finance the purchase of a new vessel or refinance your existing fleet, we have the expertise and experience to help.