Past week I arrived on Friday. After many delays at Schiphol but also at Paris, at last I arrived in Luanda. The driver was waiting and around noon we arrive at Porto Amboim. As I did not sleep the night, the first thing I needed was rest. I slept till late in the afternoon. Tomorrow I will go to the yard. Saturday morning I was informed that the team building party that evening will also be my goodbye.
The party was organized at a new facility opposite the Casa Branca hotel, a ver big but nice facility.I was requested to start with the speech I prepared that morning. It was professional translated by Tagilde into Portuguese. To say goodbye after 6 years for me is an emotional step that I have to make. Due to my health and the fact that i celebrated by 65th birthday with almost 20 years away from my family, also made me decide to end my professional life. I will first consume my never taken holidays followed by an early retirement. My real departure will be in 2 weeks from now.
Marc Mellema as CFO of the early HPA days, looked back at the past 6 years, our struggle, our frustration but also our successes. We realized the assignment ‘Built a First Class Fabrication Yard, Recognized by the Oil Majors’. And we can end with the remark ‘ACCOMPLISHED’