T.O.S Supplier Nautical Personnel Rijkswaterstaat (The Netherlands)

As of the 1st of January 2011 T.O.S (Transport & Offshore Services) will be the supplier of nautical temporary personnel (sailing) in the North Sea area for Rijkswaterstaat (part of the Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management) for a period of three years. At the end of December a cooperation contract was signed between RWS and T.O.S. The contract contains an option for prolongation of 2 years.

Since the nineties TOS has partly crewed the oil pollution response vessels Arca and Zirfaea for RWS as a subcontractor. Ad hoc requests have been met with for other vessels. “This three year contract really crowns the efforts of the past years.”, says Victor Mees. Mees is project manager Rijkswaterstaat for T.O.S. In the past few years he has been involved in the crewing of the Arca and Zirfaea.

The contract of RWS dienst Noordzee contains the control area of the Dutch part of the North Sea, the Atlantic Ocean and the inland waterways of the Netherlands. T.O.S thus covers all landing en mooring places on the Dutch shore from Flushing to Delfzijl.

For all vessels T.O.S provides both permanent and additional nautical personnel. The posts vary mainly from captain, first mate, sailor/cook, sailor, chief engineer, engineer, bosun to watchman/service engineer. The vessels are of very different dimensions and functions such as waterway marking, oil pollution fighting, fishery investigation, measuring and coast guard activities.

T.O.S is a worldwide supplier of technical/nautical personnel for the entire maritime sector and carries out turnkey ship deliveries. “We have an international focus and operate worldwide just like our customers. Our share of the Dutch market is considerably strengthened by bringing in this order. It will have a positive effect on the recruitment of Dutch seafarers and inland shipping personnel. The designation ‘RWS Supplier’ certainly helps the communication towards our foreign customers. We are very proud that we have brought in this contract!”, thus Marleen Stuurman, Executive Manager Operations.

Transport & Offshore Services bv

T.O.S. (Transport & Offshore Services) was founded in 1992, and over the course of the years has grown to be an international recruitment agency with its head office in Rotterdam, branches in Flushing, the Czech Republic, Poland and Ukraine, and collaboration agreements with companies in the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. A young and enthusiastic team offers companies worldwide ‘crewing solutions’ in all sectors, varying from sea shipping, towage, dredging, underwater contracting, to inland shipping. T.O.S. is specialist in turnkey ship delivery and recruitment and selection of nautical and technical personnel for shore based jobs. T.O.S. has developed into an all-round service provider that recruits marine and technical personnel in accordance with high standards. The company is ISM-certified, has been awarded NEN 4400-1, has a VCU and ISO 9001:2008 certification. T.O.S. currently has a staff of 47 and a workforce of 600 employees who are being placed each day on average. These employees are derived from the database of the company of approximately 5000 employees.

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Source: T.O.S, January 7, 2011;