Our story


Smart-Ship was founded in September 2018 by the brothers Roy and Brent Kok, directly after Roy’s graduation from the Delft University of Technology. During his graduation, Roy has researched the potential of haptics in shock mitigation on small fast ships sailing in high wave conditions. In September 2018, the brothers directly joined the YES!Delft Validation Lab during which they found great potential in the maritime sector for their technology. In January 2019, Jelle Tiemensma joined the team as CTO after which Smart-Ship participated in the YES!Delft Accelerator program, to get their technology onto the market.

Directly from the start, the Smart-Ship team was determined to disrupt the maritime sector by challenging the status quo in maritime information transfer. Roy, Brent and Jelle form a young and dynamic team with a shared mission to enable a sustainable future for maritime operations with respect to people, equipment and the environment.

Meet the founders

Roy Kok

Roy Kok – CEO

Haptics, Public Speaking, Sales & Product Mix
+316 23 55 76 79

Brent Kok

Brent Kok - CFO

Finance, Legal, Business Development, Funding & Internal Operations
+316 20 36 40 21

Jelle Tiemensma

Jelle Tiemensma - CTO

Technical Operations, Supply Chain, Quality Control & Product Mix
+316 51 79 78 00

The advisory board

Arjan Göbel

Co-founder Ampelmann & Forward.one

Roel Kuiper

SeaTools, PhD Haptics

Bob Stassar

Founder StasburgReeve

Dirk Olivier

Serial entrepeneur

Smart-Ship's partners


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