European Maritime Safety Agency - Head of Operations
Mr Leendert Bal (1966) is Head of Department Operations. This Department is running maritime information systems as SafeSeaNet, CleanSeaNet, LRIT, MAR-ICE and is providing operational assistance for pollution monitoring and response. Integrated maritime data services are offered to various governmental user communities and other EU Agencies, including EU NAVFOR. He was Acting Executive Director of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) from 1 December 2011 till 1 September 2012.
He started working for EMSA in 2004 as a policy adviser of the Executive Director, and has been involved within the Agency, as Head of Unit, in developing operational projects such as the network of stand-by Oil Recovery Vessels, the European satellite oil spill monitoring and detection service CleanSeaNet and the EU LRIT Data Centre since their very beginning.
He was previously Transport Attaché in Brussels for the Permanent Representation of The Netherlands to the European Union and has been working for the Dutch Ministry of Transport and Public Works, the Netherlands Institute of International Relations “Clingendael” and the Utrecht University.