Each employee with Holland America Line receives a unique employee number when they go to work for the company. The lower the number, the more years of service an employee has with the company. Employee #121 is Sailor Aries Tabrani, Eurodam’s longest-serving employee of 30 years. He comes from the beautiful city of Palopo on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia.
Aries’ first job at sea with was a cargo ship company in Singapore. He then went to work for Holland America on June 10, 1978. During his long career with the line he says there is nothing he has not done or seen. He has held jobs on board such as a fire guard, storekeeper, able-bodied sailor and was a quartermaster for 20 years.
“My favorite job was being a quartermaster and hand-steering the ship”, said Aries, smiling.
His favorite ship was “The old Noordam,” he said. “I have also sailed on the old Statendam IV, Rotterdam V and Veendam III.”
There is not a place Aries has not been to from his first time in the United States at Portland, Oregon, to circumnavigating the globe on world cruises. He also has a lovely family, his wife and three children — sons Rusdi and Fadli and daughter Fatmawati.
When asked when he will retire, he replied, “I might in three years but I just love the sea.”
But for the time being, if you sail on Eurodam, it will be hard to miss Aries’ huge smile, whether he is varnishing the decks, looking after the lifeboats or painting.