Guus van Eck Seacon Blue

As a company, we have become successful through the engagement of people in our environment, which is why we want to give something back to our society. On our Seacon Blue page, we share stories of some of our great partnerships. We spoke to: Hai Berden, owner and founder of Seacon Logistics and Rico Gielen, Sales & Marketing Manager at Seacon Logistics.

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“Because the gouaches are made especially for us, the calendars are already collector’s items.”

Hai Berden Owner and founder

Story

Since 2009, our tradition has been to publish a Seacon Logistics calendar in collaboration with artist Guus van Eck. “The man who paints everything askew,” they sometimes call him. His characteristic work forms the basis for the pages of the calendar. He starts with interesting visual material or sketches of special locations. Then goes to his studio in Sicily to work it out into colourful gouaches (a painting made with opaque watercolour in which the ground is no longer visible). 

“We’ve been working with Guus van Eck for our annual Seacon Logistics calendar since 2009,” says Hai. “It’s mostly related to our background as the leading logistical supply chain coordinator with a maritime focus. In recent years, we had themes like world cities, other cultures, travelling by sea, rail or air, history and current events. Because the gouaches are made especially for us, the calendars are already collector’s items. For the 2021 calendar year, we had the theme ‘35 years of Seacon Logistics’ in mind, but 2020 and the coronavirus crisis was a complete wake-up call for everyone. It’s changed our way of life and stopped time a little bit. Because of this, we changed the calendar plans and with the new calendar we look back on a remarkable and turbulent 2020. Guus has an open and colourful way of showing how our lives were turned upside down and how we adapted to the circumstances positively.”

“Despite the 1.5 metre distance, we’re closer to each other than ever. We are here to help and support each other. With this calendar, we particularly want to put the healthcare staff in the limelight and thank them for being there for patients under hectic conditions day and night and making it more bearable for everyone. We also thank everyone who helped to find a solution to the situation created by Covid-19. You can actually see the new calendar as an ode to healthcare.”

“Every year, the calendars are distributed to colleagues, partners and personal contacts,” Rico adds. “This year we did an extra print run for the healthcare staff in the region. A exceptional year also calls for an exceptional presentation. This year, the first copy of the calendar was presented to Antoin Scholten, Mayor of Venlo and Chairperson of the Limburg-Noord Safety Region. In his role on the ministerial crisis management committee, he also advises the cabinet on decisions to be made. Because of this, we thought it would be appropriate to present the first copies to him. This was done in the digital presence of Guus van Eck, Noor Bouwmeester (Head of Infectious Diseases, GGD Limburg-Noord) and the Venlo historian Sef Derkx, who gave a fitting explanation from a historical perspective.”

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The calendar presentation was broadcast by Omroep Venlo.

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January

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Enjoying an après-ski drink with family and friends after a wonderful day on the slopes.
In January 2020 this was still possible.

February

Carnival in Maastricht
In the south of the Netherlands, revelers are parading through the streets in their most resplendent costumes.
A celebration for young and old!

march

Carnival in Maastricht
In the south of the Netherlands, revelers are parading through the streets in their most resplendent costumes.
A celebration for young and old!

april

Working from home
In this new age, we are all working and studying at home as much as possible using the latest technology.

may

DIY centre Rotterdam
Time for a big clear out! And we’re making our homes even more comfortable and cosy.

june

Den Bosch
My home is my castle. We’ve spent the last weeks on the finishing touches and now the sun is shining.
We live in the garden. Everyone in their own kingdom

juLY

Terraces Venlo
Enjoying a drink on a terrace new style on Markt in Venlo. A great start to the summer holidays.

august

Staycation
You have some fascinating stories to tell if you travel abroad but you can overlook the joys of our own country.
Discovering our own hidden gems, the beauty on our doorstep, it’s stunning!

september

Vondelpark Amsterdam
Sometimes life is like a walk through the park. The sun is smiling down on us all as we sit together on the grass.

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