When I boarded Gerardus Mercator, back in 1999, it was the largest dredger in the world, a shiny new ship with a big wow-factor; a "Hollywood-hopper".
Ten years later, it's a versatile jumbo, that made it's marks in Taiwan, Singapore, Sachalin, Korea, ... seen it, done that, dredged there, and did some pioneering.
It's only a ship, only a job ...
But for many onboard Gerardus Mercator -including myself- it was part of life itself, with ups and downs, experiences, the real world.
What I remember as most outstanding on this ship, was the team spirit.
Not one time did we had to say: "This is impossible, it cannot be done."
Time and time again, this tough-as-nails-team fixed everything, and also had big fun out of it.
I would feel more ensured if, on the next ship, I could bring some of this spirit.
It would be a recipe for succes.
Thanx to everybody, all these years on Mercator. It was worth being here.
Never fade nor die.