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A visit to the Port of Gdansk

Because it was not possible to photograph the entire pilotage in Gdansk we were invited by Pilot Jakub Sczcerbinski of the Gdansk Pilot Organization to visit the port of Gdansk with the pilot vessel. The port of Gdansk is located in north central Poland Moltawa at the mouth of the river on the southern shores of Gdansk Bay off the Baltic Sea. The Port of Gdansk houses two port areas. Nowy Port (New Port) is a major industrial center and Port Polocny (North Port). At the pilot vessel we had a beautiful view of the harbor and the old city of Gdansk, as the Old Crane Gate (Zuraw). Some of the houses resemble the facades in Amsterdam. It is remarkable to see the old cranes and the great contrast between old and new buildings.

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Pilots of Gdynia

In Gdynia we had a warm welcome by Capt. Ryszard Wrobel, director of the Gdynia Pilot Organization, officially called Przedsiebiorstwo Uslug Morskich ‘Unipil’. We first got a tour through the pilot station. He had arranged that I could sail with pilot Kryzysztof Knybas with the cargo ship ‘Wichita Belle’, length 172 m and breadth 26 m With the pilot tender we were brought to the cargo ship. The pilot trip was a short trip but interesting and started with a 180 degrees turn in the port of Gdynia. We followed the buoys to the Baltic sea. The area with the old cranes was very impressive. Before we returned to the pilot station we were invited to visit the port of Gdynia. More pictures of Pilots of Gdynia

 

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Pilots of Gdansk.

In Gdansk we were warmly welcomed by Pilot Jakub Sczcerbinski of the Gdansk Pilot Organization, officially called Przedsiebiorstwo Uslug Morskich ‘Gdansk-Pilot’. We first got a tour through the pilot station and then we followed by pilot tender at a distance the piloting of the chemical tanker ‘Copernicus’, length 74 m and breadth 12 m. The chemical tanker sailed from Gdansk to the Baltic sea. Unfortunately it was not possible to photograph the entire pilotage. Instead we were invited to visit the port of Gdansk with the pilot vessel. The port was very impressive. See for more pictures Pilots of Gdansk

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Pilots of Szczecin.

In Szczecin we had a warm welcome by Capt. Janusz Majewski, director and chief pilot of the Szczecin Pilot. He had arranged that I could sail with pilot Capt. Krzysztof Lewinski with the chemical tanker ‘Theodora’, length 117 m and breadth 17 m. The Director Capt. Janusz Majewsk brought me personally with a small pilot boat to the vessel. He also showed me with that pilot boat a part of the Port of Szczecin  The pilot trip was very varied and started with a 180 degree turn in the port of Szczecin. After we passed the pilot station we reached the rather shallow lake Zalew Szczecinski and followed the buoys. Through the narrow channel Piastowski we sailed via Swinoujscie to the Baltic sea. With the pilot tender we were brought to the pilot station in Swinoujscie. For more pictures see Pilots of Szczecin

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Pilots at Port of Tyne (2)

Because of the good and clear weather, low wind and sometimes beautiful sunlight, I got the opportunity to sail with the pilots at Port of Tyne. This time wth Pilot 14, Mark Reynolds, and a large bulk carrier the ‘Golden Bull’ length 225 m and breadth 34 m and also tree tugs were used. It was an incoming vessel, so we went wth the pilot tender outwards, through the pilot ladder on board. The pilot used tugs for berthing. See for pictures Pilots at Port of Tyne (2)

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Pilots at Port of Tyne

In the Port of Tyne I sailed with the container vessel ‘Star Comet’ lenght 133 m width 19 m to the North Sea. I followed the work of pilot Ken Milton. I was lucky that day because the weather was sunny with beautiful clouds, after a long period of bad weather. The security measures were very good. In advance Alan McPherson, deputy Harbour Master and senior pilot asked me if I needed shoes, a jacket and a life jacket. By climbing the ladder and walking on the container vessel and in the harbour I had to wear also a safety helmet, safety glasses and a yellow safety jacket. I was very impressed. See for more pictures: Pilots at Port of Tyne

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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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Pilots of Hamburg (Elbe)

Brunsbüttel, August 17, 2011, 1.41 pm

The pilots of Hamburg are divided in several groups, the sea pilots, the Elbe pilots and the harbor pilots. The sea and Elbe pilots belong to the Lotsenbrüderschaft Elbe. The area of the Lotsenbrüderschaft Elbe is from the pilot station in the North Sea to Brunsbüttel (entrance of the Nord-Ost-See Kanal) to the harbour of Hamburg. My first journey with the two Elbe pilots was from the pilot station in Brunsbüttel into the harbour of Hamburg, with the container vessel “Cosco Beijing”, 350 m long and 42 m wide. At Teufelsbrück at the entrance of the harbour, the Elbe pilots are replaced by the harbor pilots of Hamburg.

For more pictures see: Pilots of Hamburg (Elbe)

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Pilots of Antwerp

On the river Scheldt towards the Belgian ports  both the Flemish and the Dutch pilots work closely together by pilotage services according to a specific distribution key. See my post:Pilots of the River Scheldt. In Vlissingen I accompagnied the Flemish pilots Patrick Corveleyn, Jacques Cruyl and Peter Coveliers by the maiden voyage of the containervessel MSC ‘Laurence’ (lenght 366 m and breadth 48 m) to the locks of Berendrecht. The purpose of the maiden voyage was to investigate whether it was possible to pass the locks at Berendrecht and berthing backwards in the MSC container terminal in Antwerp.

See for more pictures: Pilots of Antwerp

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