When Hank Bekkering announced his retirement from Point Hope Maritime, few could imagine a replacement as knowledgeable or passionate about the shipbuilding and repair industry. Enter Riccardo Regosa. Through a world-wide search, Regosa was selected as the person to lead Point Hope into the future. With significant expansion and modernization plans, Point Hope is well-positioned with Regosa at the helm to usher in a new era for B.C.’s oldest shipyard.
BCSN: Let’s start with a brief overview of your career and the steps that led you to Point Hope Maritime.
RR: After 10 years in the Royal Dutch Navy, I joined Damen Shipyards, initially as an engineer in the Field Services Department responsible for commissioning, technical training of crews and following up on guarantee claims of delivered ships. I discovered that I enjoyed working with people more than going around with ear mufflers on in the engine room so I made a switch to project management.
In this role, I worked in project management and senior management positions in shipyards in Russia, China, the Netherlands, Romania, United Arab Emirates and Poland. Following an assignment in Dubai in which I started up a new shipbuilding facility in a combined repair and shipbuilding yard for Damen, I was recruited by GSP Shipyard in Constanta, Romania, where I became Managing Director. It was from there that my family and I came to Victoria to join Point Hope. That was in August 2016.
BCSN: We have a side bar that describes the history of Point Hope Maritime so we don’t need to go into detail but I’d like to look at some of the investments made over the past decade to modernize the facility.
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