In addition to presenting Captain Frans with an award of his own (made from the old propeller of the Beautiful and Elegant ms Statendam) at the Mariners Awards to a packed auditorium of five-star mariners and Staff Officers, Officers and Crew, we were able to have a surprise evening of drinks, food and merriment for him up in the Staff Officer’s Corridors/Cabins. Here we were able to show two videos specially made for Captain Frans collaborated from photos received from across the fleet and taken on board the Statendam by the human resources manager assistant, as well as from video clips from the Photo Department. It was a relaxing night to sit around and chat with our dear Captain, talking about the things he is planning to do when he gets home. Captain Frans Consen will be missed by all, but we all wanted to wish him a wonderful retirement and happy days ahead.
Henry Bin Uyu Hidayat is Statendam’s human resources clerk.