Growing up in an inland shipping family meant that Richard could be found behind the helm from an early age.
In 1998 he started his career as a sailor on the MS Vrido, then as captain on MCS Eben Haëzer and since 2006 as captain on MCS Saluté at Shipping Factory. Since 2018 Richard was also responsible as QHSSE manager for quality & safety and was the contact person for training & human resources for all three container ships within the Shipping Factory company. In 2021 a takeover took place, as a result of which Richard started working as a fleet manager at Delfia Inland Shipping. He is responsible for the operational matters of the three container ships MCS Saluté, MCS Factotum & MCS Factofour. He also still sails as captain on MCS Saluté one week a month.