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The Order of the Cape Breton Sou’ Wester

Tuesday was a big day for Captain van Donselaar and some of Eurodam’s officers. When the ship called at Sydney, Nova Scotia, select officers were inducted into the Order of the Cape Breton Sou’ Wester during the first-call plaque-exchange ceremony. Captain van Donselaar said it was the funniest plaque ceremony to date.

According to Pam, this registered society has more than 1,500 members worldwide and is composed of captains, officers and shipping executives.


Captain van Donselaar received the city’s port plaque from Bernadette Macneil, Sydney’s manager of cruise marketing.


‘I pledge always and within the bounds of reason, that whenever the occasion arises, I shall do all things possible to promote the numerous benefits available to the Marine Community in and about the ports of cape Breton Harbours and I undertake that, except in cases of dire distress, each year I shall attempt to attend the annual Harbour Ports day.’


Back row, from left: Captain Jeroen van Donselaar, Gerald Devoe, Alex Gilchrist, Assistant Culinary Operations Manager Herman Lantman, Beverage Manager Marc Spijkerboer, Purser Myrthe Coenen, Hotel Manger Stan Kuppens, Guest Relations Manager Geri van Luven and Assistant Beverage Manager Lars Petermann. Front row, from left: Culinary Operations Manager Suzanne de Zwaan, Chief Housekeeper Tetet Prihatnoko, Front Desk Supervisor Iris Knubben and John Shaw. Devoe, Gilchrist and Shaw were part of the Sydney delegation.


Chief Housekeeper Tetet Prihatnoko, Hotel Manager Stan Kuppens and Captain van Donselaar give a “thumbs-up” after being inducted into the Order of the Cape Breton Sou’ Wester.

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