Capt. Tjitte de Groot started his career at sea as dual-officer on cargo- and containerships.
He became pilot in 1997 in the port of Rotterdam and was member of the ISPO-taskforce at the very beginning of building the standard. The Rotterdam pilots were the first beeing accredited. After functioning as a boardmember he is Chairman of the Pilot’s Corporation Rotterdam-Rijnmond since 2016 and also still active as a senior pilot.