Category Archives: Captain and crew

Captain and crew.

MV Coal Age, February 27, 2006 10.29 am

MV Coal Age, February 27, 2006 10.29 am

During all my pilot voyages I always met the captain and crew. Because what is a ship without a captain and crew? Most of the time I was warmly welcomed by the captain on the bridge. I saw the cooperation between the pilot, captain and crew on the bridge and elsewhere. I followed the crew on the vessel during mooring in the harbor. Most of the crew was very friendly and they were very surprised to see me taking pictures of their work. I saw all kind of nationalities and they told me stories about their lives and families in far away countries. Most of them didn’t see their family for a long time.

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Pilotage Tall Ship “Cisne Branco”

Eemshaven, August 22, 2009 5.18 am

During DelfSail I had the opportunity to sail with the pilot on the “Cisne Branco”. It was an early start but worthwhile. The weather was good and the light was beautiful. On the way from Eemshaven to the “Cisne Branco” I had a beautiful sight on the other ships. When we arrived at the “Cisne Branco” everyone was still asleep and the deck was complete empty. Later the sailors and crew climbed up the mast and the rigging to prepare the ship to sail. Of the pilotage I made a photo shoot and a compilation I put in a YouTube video (including with Brazilian music from Joao Gilberto).

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Russian Tall Ship Sedov leaves Rostock (2)


Rostock, Germany May 28 2012 5.14 pm

After a last salute from captain Nikolay Zorchenko, the marine pilot leaves the Sedov via the pilot ladder. The pilot is assisted by the crew. The Sedov is starting her journey around the world for one year.

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Russian Tall Ship Sedov leaves Rostock (1)

Rostock, Germany May 28 2012 4.57 pm

My favorite ship is the Russian tall ship ‘Sedov’ from Moermansk. Upon arrival in Rostock she lays there in full glory. It is the second time I am on board for pilotage. In 2009 I was on board for the pilotage during the arrival of the ships for DelfSail 2009. Along the way to Eemshaven we had very bad wheather. Now the weather is beautiful and the pilotage only takes half an hour. The Sedov starts her journey around the world.

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Pilotage Tall Ship ‘Cuauhtemoc’ in Den Helder.

Den Helder, August 19, 2008 8,44 am

At maritime events also tall ships are guided by a pilot. During Sail Den Helder the tall ship ‘Çuauhtemoc’ , a Mexican training ship sails under supervision of pilot Roon Heimel to her berth. The crew is working hard on a special arrival.

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Pilotage SEP ‘Neptune’

North Sea, near Thornton Bank, May 4 2012 2.16 pm

When the self-elevating heavy-lift jack-up vessel ‘Neptune’ has arrived at the North Sea and going to Thornton Bank, the pilots are ready to disembark. The pilot boat ‘Ravelingen’ lies alongside and both the crew of the SEP ‘Neptune’ and the men of the pilot boat helps the pilots to disembark. To sail with the ‘Neptune’ was a very special experience for me.

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What is a ship without a crew?(3)

Seine, Quai de Danemark, France April 28, 2012 4.17 pm

Strange I have never seen the crew pulling the lines this way during mooring. Because the deck of the Russian ship “Marianne” was very slippery, it was difficult. It strucks me that the boatmen had not fixed the lines on a clamp of their boat.

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What is a ship without a crew? (2)

Westpoort, Amsterdam, July 26, 2012 5.15 pm.
The cooperation is very important when mooring the chemical tanker Utkilen Xantia. After the mooringlines are run through the hawse hole, the boatmen of  “De Koperen Ploeg” transport the lines with a special boat to the shore. The pilot indicates both the boatmen and the crew how the tanker can be moored.
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What is a ship without a crew? (1)

Westhaven, Amsterdam July 31, 2012 12.54 am


Westhaven, Amsterdam July 31, 2012 13.02 am

What I like most on ships is photographing the crew. Therefore I will add a separate section on my blog.  Especially the mooring is spectacular. For large cables winches are used. The crew is very small in comparison with the mooring arrangement. The anchor winch is impressive. This pictures were taken by mooring Autoliner Höegh Trotter.

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The nominated pictures of Photography competition and exhibition “Port of Amsterdam, colorful Harbor”.

IJpromenade, Amsterdam September 19, 2012 

I have three pictures submitted for the Photography competition of the Port of Amsterdam. Two of my photos were nominated for the best 20 photographes and included in the photo exhibition “Port of Amsterdam, colorful Harbor”. A professional jury consisting of Dertje Meijer (Director Port of Amsterdam), Johannes Dalhuijsen (Chief picture editors of  “De Telegraaf”) and Wilbert Gieske (actor) selected the photos.

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