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Category Archives: Bulk carriers

Photographer at work

Just like the pilots I have to climb the pilot ladder. There is always a helpful hand from the crew of the pilot cutter. It is a very special experience. Most of the time I climb the pilot ladder under good weather conditions, but the pilot has to climb the ladder also during bad weather. I have not many pictures of myself climbing the ladder. This picture is taken by my husband during the pilotage of the bulk carrier ‘Golden Bull’ length 224 m and width 34 m on the North Sea inbound for the Port of Tyne, North East England.

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Port of Tyne

In the context of the project ‘Pilots of the World’ we visited last week  the pilots of Newcastle in the Port of Tyne. Newcastle upon Tyne is situated in the North East of England along the river Tyne. The pilot station is located near the mouth of the river in North Shields.  After a visit to the office of the pilotage and the Vessel Traffic Service center (VTS) of the port authorities, it was possible for me to follow the pilot movements for a whole day. I was very lucky because of the clear and sunny skies and low wind. In the morning I sailed with an outbound container vessel and in the afternoon a very large incoming bulk carrier.  An impressive port and a very friendly and warm welcome at the pilot station.

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Port of Amsterdam

Westhaven, Amsterdam, September 15, 2007 4.50 pm

The Port of Amsterdam is for me the place to be. For seven years now I take pictures in this important port. The port area Amsterdam is 2600 ha. and handles almost 93 million metric tons of cargo annually. It ranks as number 4 port of Europe. It is in Europe the most important petrol port and in the world number 1 cacao port. On the picture you can see the mooring of the bulk carrier ‘Alpha Millennium’ at OBA (Overslag Bedrijf Amsterdam). The Amsterdam Port Authority ‘Port of Amsterdam’ is still part of the local government, but from April 2013 it is becoming a private company. Through my assignment at the Dutch Pilot Association, region Amsterdam-IJmond I have accompanied pilots on dozens of voyages. See for more pictures: pilot voyages

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Pilots of Bangkok (1).

Chao Praya River, Bangkok, Thailand, December 27 2010 11.51 am
Bangkok, Thailand, December 27 2010 12.54 am
In the context of the project ‘Pilots of the World’ we have visited in December 2010 the pilots of Bangkok. We were very warmly welcomed at the office of pilotage at the Chao Praya River. The chairman Lt. Janerob Kamhaengridhirong (Pilot 96) informed us about the organization and invited us the next day to sail with a pilot.

Chao Praya River, Bangkok, Thailand December 28 2010 05.11 am

Chao Praya, River, Thailand, December 28 2010 5.54 am
Chao Praya River, Thailand December 28 2010 07.08 am


The next day at 5.00 am we were picked up by a car at the entrance of the harbor by commander Reaungphol Jeaungjaubkeaw (Pilot 148). He drove us to the Port Terminal 5. On board of the container vessel KMTC Singapore we had a beautiful view on the Chao Praya River and the surroundings.

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Pilots of Rouen (4)

The Seine Maritime, Caudebec en Caux, France April 29 2012, 12.53 pm

At Caudebec en Caux the change of pilots occurs. The pilots David Robert and Pascal Erny will change information about the vessel and pilot David Robert leaves via the pilot ladder the ship. The pilot boat brings the pilot to the pilot station at Caudebec en Caux. The “Forres Park” continues her way to sea.

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The pilots of Rouen (Seine).

Seine, France April 28 2012, 3.49 pm


Seine, Quai de Danemark, France April 28 2012, 3.58 pm

As  part of my project “Pilots of the world” I visited the maritime pilots of Rouen (Seine). The Russian ship “Marianne” is moved from Quai de France to Quai de Danemark. Despite the bad weather, the work continues.

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Pilot tender “Guido Gezelle” on River Scheldt.

Vlissingen, June 12, 2011 8.27 am

During a photo shoot for the Flemish Pilotage I photographed the piloting of the “Sardinia” of the Wilson Line. In Vlissingen the Flemish pilot tender “Guido Gezelle” brings the pilot on board.

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Pilotage MS Cape Century

IJmuiden, March 23, 2012 12.10 pm

On Friday, March 23, 2012 I made a photo shoot of the pilotage of the bulk carriër ‘Cape Century’. The journey went from OBA Westhaven via the Noordzeekanaal and the locks of IJmuiden to the North Sea. See attached link for a presentation of the journey.

http://youtu.be/CUiBeB1kWVk

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The Locks of IJmuiden.

IJmuiden, March 23, 2012 12.07 pm

IJmuiden, March 23, 2012 12.30 pm

The pilots Kees van Heeringen (l) and Rob Gerrits (r) of Loodswezen Amsterdam-IJmond expertly maneuvered the bulk carrier  ‘Cape Century’ in the locks of IJmuiden. The bulk carrier is 289 meters long and 45 meters wide. The locks are the connection between the North Sea and the Noordzeekanaal to Amsterdam. The ‘Noordersluis’, the biggest lock of IJmuiden, is 400 meters long and 50 meters wide.

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