My new job at Brisbane Ferries

I have often looked at the Baan heritage of maritime involvement and thought I belong there. There was Grandfather Jacob Baan’s barge which he unfortunately lost in the Great Depression, Uncle Wim being a ships captain and later fleet commodore, Uncle Coen’s expertise as a ships engineer and Uncle Jaap and and my father Leen also going to sea.

So after my careers in various industries like IT, recruitment and hotels, I have now secured a captains job with Transdev Brisbane Ferries. It is a job I have wanted for years and I had to get Marine Engine Driver qualifications in addition to my Ships Master Class 5 ticket.

I’m having so much fun and getting paid for doing what I love, I recently heard a local football legend and sports commentator say that “if you can make your obsession become your profession, then you will never do another day’s work in your life.”

With views like this it’s like being in an open air cathedral and it is even more spectacular at night!

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4 Responses to My new job at Brisbane Ferries

  1. Tony & Cath says:

    Hi Derrick. Congratulations on the new job! I think a gruff, grumpy Dutchman is a perfect fit for this role! Enjoy!

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  2. Tony Jones says:

    Congratulations Derrick – wonderful news. Hope you really enjoy yourself motoring up and down the river. Does this mean you won’t be doing any more charterboat skippering?

    T & F xxx

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  3. Gregg Thorn says:

    Good on ya 🙂 – you are certainly becoming an all-rounder!
    Next step will be mini-sub tours of Brisbane waters!

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  4. Julie and tj says:


    Just one more thing to add to our list of things to do next year.

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