It is with deep sadness and regret that we announce the passing away of IIMS member and CCS founder Mr Johannes Wilhelmus ‘Joop’ Ellenbroek. Although Joop passed away on September 9 after a lengthy illness, news has only just reached the IIMS office of his death.
Joop was well known within the coatings, chemicals and superyacht industry and much respected by all he worked with. After many years of working for paint manufacturers, he began his career in the superyacht industry in 1994 when he founded CCS (Coating Consultants for Superyachts), which due to his efforts is now one of the most well-known and respected coating surveying companies in the world.
In 2007 Ellenbroek began providing technical and coatings advice to ICOMIA and ISO-TC8/SC12/WG5 (the ISO related to superyachts and quality standards). One of the first members of WG5, Ellenbroek contributed to the development of ISO 11347 (how to measure the quality of superyacht coatings) and on the drafts of ISO 19494.
In recent years, Joop had contributed significantly behind the scenes to IIMS life. He authored part of the content for the Registered Marine Coatings Inspectors (RMCI) qualification, which was launched in 2014. He was also a stakeholder in the RMCI programme as well as an advisor and occasional trainer of the material too.
“We mourn his passing and give thanks for his life of service to our recreational marine industry, and his years of friendship,” says Udo Kleinitz, ICOMIA secretary general. “Our condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the Ellenbroek family at this tragic time.”
Joop was a much loved husband, father and grandfather. We extend our sincere condolences to the Ellenbroek family at this tragic and sad time.
RIP Joop Ellenbroek.