On September 1st 2017, Jan Koudstaal, an IIMS member and senior coatings consultant in the superyacht industry, celebrates fifty years in the business. On September 1st 1967, he started in the paint industry when he was just 18 years old as an assistant manager/calculator at a blasting and painting company. In the following years, Jan worked in several functions at (among others) Sigma Coatings and International Paint Benelux. His specialty became tank coatings and corrosion protection.
From 2006, he travelled the world for CCS Coating Consultants for Superyachts as senior coating consultant and Technical Manager. Jan has contributed a lot to the superyacht industry for his involvement in setting the standard for Acceptance Criteria, acting as an expert witness, being the (co) writer of the RMCI course (managed by IIMS subsidiary Marine Surveying Academy) and several ISO standards.
Paul Bournas, Managing Director of CCS says: “Jan has so much passion for paint and superyachts. He is a professional in heart and soul. He is a great consultant with a huge knowledge of paint and defects.”
Jan officially retires in April 2018 when it’s time for other things, especially spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.