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Monthly Archives: November 2011

A challenge for the pilots.

Hubbrücke Rethedamm, Hohe Schaar Hamburg, August 24, 2011 13.41

The cargo ship “Bay Ranger (length 185 meters, width 30.5 meters) was escorted to her berth by two pilots of the Hamburg Hafenlotsenbrüderschaft. From the Elbe river under the Hohe Brücke and backwards into the Südlicher Reihersteig. This picture was taken when passing the narrow Hubbrücke in the Rethedamm. A true tour de force and a real challenge for the pilots.

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The pilot station “Elbe” for repair.

Bremerhaven, 26th of August 2011 at 11.09 am.   

On my visit to the pilot station of the Elbe Pilots in the North Sea, the largest pilot station in the world was in dock for repair. The SWATH “Elbe” was in the Bredowerft dock in Bremerhaven. It took some effort to get permission to photograph, but thanks to Captain Michael Nicolaysen it succeeded.
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Sailing to the port of Hamburg.

The River Elbe near Port of Hamburg, 17th August 2011 at 17.16 hours
What a great experience to sail with the two harbor pilots of the “Hafenlotsenbrüderschaft Hamburg” on the    container ship “Cosco Beijing”, 350 meters long and 42 meters wide. One of the biggest container ships of the world. Due to security, the port authorities on the “Lotsenhöft” require that container ships from 250 meters long and 33 meters wide, must be sailed by two harbor pilots. One harbor pilot maintains radio contact with the shipping traffic on the river Elbe and in the port. His colleague is focused on the navigation of the ship.
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