Longtime ICOMIA member honored in Netherlands

Paul Boomsma was ICOMIA honorary treasurer for 41 years until he retired in 2016.
Paul Boomsma

Paul Boomsma

Paul Boomsma, honorary member of the International Council of Marine Industry Associations, or ICOMIA, was honored Wednesday with the “Officier in de orde van Oranje Nassau,” the civil and military Dutch order of chivalry.

Founded in 1892 by the Netherlands’ Queen Regent Emma, the order is open to those who have earned “special merits for society.” King Willem-Alexander presented Boomsma with the decoration in appreciation and recognition of his effort and accomplishments in the marine industry.

“I am incredibly proud to have received such a high decoration,” Boomsma said in a statement. “And I am honored to accept.”

After the ceremony, Boomsma was guest of honor at a surprise party organized by his wife, Inge, and attended by ICOMIA honorary treasurer Peter Methven, who was awarded the U.K. equivalent title of Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2009.

Also in attendance was International Boating Industry’s Nick Hopkinson, Irene Dros of Metstrade, Ids Boersma, Theo Lingmont and several representatives of ICOMIA member HISWA Holland Marine Industry and the non-profit Dutch Boating Industry Association.

Boomsma was ICOMIA honorary treasurer for 41 years until he retired in 2016. To mark his years of service, ICOMIA’s executive committee presented Boomsma with a certificate outlining his honorary membership of ICOMIA during the association’s 50th Anniversary Congress, held in Italy; he is only one of five people who have received this commendation during the past 50 years.

“On behalf of ICOMIA I would like to congratulate Paul on this epic achievement,” ICOMIA president Jouko Huju said. “Words cannot express how important his years of service in the marine industry have been. We are extremely proud of our member and friend.”


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