• 2015 June 5 10:55

    Alain Bernard (DEME) wins the Vlerick Award 2015

    Tonight Alain Bernard, CEO of DEME, has won the Vlerick Award 2015. The audience – who was able to vote both via internet as well as live at the event – chose him, because he led his company as business leader in its market segment with sustained results to the top.

    The central theme this year was "Legacy & Promise": each of the nominees runs a company with a proud history and valuable legacy that must be safeguarded. At the same time, the company must also continue to develop and grow in order to fulfill the promise of the future.

    Almost 400 alumni, former winners and nominees, and VIPs attended the 15th Vlerick Award that took place on Thursday June 4th at Hotel Le Plaza in Brussels. The other nominees were:
     Bernard Delvaux (SONACA)
     Dominique Leroy (Proximus)
     Koen Van Gerven (bpost)

    Alain Bernard (°1955) has been the CEO of the DEME Group (Dredging Environmental & Marine Engineering) since 2006.

    The DEME Group, headquartered in Zwijndrecht (Belgium) has operations in five continents, and though its roots are in dredging, Mr Bernard has been instrumental in transforming the scope of its business, moving it into land reclamation and hydraulic engineering, environmental projects and providing services for the offshore oil, gas and renewable energy sectors.

    In fact, since starting his career in 1980, Mr Bernard has spent all his professional life at the DEME Group, working in a number of different companies there. Between 1982 and 1985, he worked as a Project Manager for Dredging International. He then was appointed General Manager at Hydro Soil Services, and in 1990 he returned to work for Dredging International, initially as Manager of the Benelux division and from 1995 to 2006 as its General Manager. From 1996 to 2006, he was also active as the Chief Operating Officer of the Group.

    Mr Benard is a member of the Royal Flemish Academy for Sciences and Art, and is a director at Aquafin, Voka, CFE, FIT (Flanders Investment & Trade) and the Royal Belgian Shipowners Association.

    Mr Bernard has 2 master’s qualifications from KU Leuven, one in Civil Engineering and the other in Civil Engineering Industrial Policy.
    About Vlerick Alumni

    Vlerick Alumni, a non-profit organisation, is the official alumni organisation of Vlerick Business School. The organisation represents 19,000 alumni in almost 100 countries worldwide. Almost all of the alumni are active at management and director level within international and national companies and organisations. Vlerick Alumni's mission is to encourage Vlerick's former students in their growth, both personally and in companies and in society through professional networking and lifelong learning.




2019 February 19

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16:21 NIBULON shipbuilders finish constructing a series of POSS-115 Project tugs
16:03 MOL conducts underwater drone demonstration test for vessel bottom inspection
15:25 Wärtsilä’s propeller cap EnergoProFin listed in EcoAction Program
15:02 ICTSI's Matadi Gateway Terminal unlocks shipping system benefits
14:40 2nd conference on transportation of dangerous cargoes to address application of IMDG Code and ADR Agreement in Russia
14:02 Havyard to deliver ship design for further two cargo vessels for Royal Arctic Line
13:33 Ecochlor announces BWMS retrofit contract with Alaskan Tanker Company
13:02 GTT notified by Samsung Heavy Industries for the tank design of a new LNG carrier for Navigare
12:30 Gas4Sea partners and Equinor signed an LNG bunkering agreement
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12:01 Rail traffic at the Port of Gothenburg up to 398,000 TEUs in 2018
11:43 International best practices are introduced at ASCO to protect sailors health
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11:39 IMO’s Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response meets this week
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11:15 ASCO hosted a training course for instructors
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2019 February 18

18:06 Algoma announces the Algoma Conveyor is headed for Canada
17:36 Maersk Line announces rates from Mediterranean to West and Central Asia
17:06 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and the Mediterranean
16:41 MAN Energy Solutions launches new TCT turbocharger series
16:26 VSC receives positive conclusion of state environmental expertise
16:02 Herbert-ABS releases HECSTAB Offshore
15:31 PPR 6 preview: IBIA working for sensible 2020 solutions at IMO meeting
15:02 Suez Canal extends its dry bulk vessels tolls reduction
14:43 Gazprom and Almaz-Antey Corporation sign contract for batch manufacturing of subsea production equipment
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14:02 MOL Chemical Tankers acquires 20% share of Dutch tank container company Den Hartogh
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13:15 ONE unveils enhanced intra-Asia Japan service network for 2019
12:51 Nakhodka Trade Sea Port and Damen sign contract on delivery of tug by summer 2019
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11:53 World Maritime University signs MoU with Jordan Academy for Maritime Studies
11:30 Coastal fish assessments to continue in Baltic Sea with renewed HELCOM project
11:07 Fincantieri starts dry dock works on ultra-luxury cruise ship "Silver Moon"
10:55 Finnpilot Pilotage amendments its service terms during validity of winter assistance restrictions
10:26 ASCO is interested in cooperation with prominent shipping companies
10:07 Diana Shipping announces the sale of two Panamax dry bulk vessels and time charter contracts for m/v Crystalia and m/v Maera with Glencore
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09:07 Panama Canal Board of Directors appoints new Canal Administrator and Deputy Administrator
08:07 IMO conducts training course to enhance maritime security in Kenya
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2019 February 17

16:59 Coast Guard responds to vessel fire near Rockport, Texas
15:09 Kleven Shipyard delivers to Maersk the AHTS Maersk Maker
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11:01 European ports welcome agreement on the European Maritime Single Window environment

2019 February 16

16:15 Ribbon-cutting kicks off ICTSI´s Batumi terminal expansion project
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