Monthly Archives: October 2012

HMS Bounty sank off the coast of North Carolina.

Near Eemshaven, August 22, 2009 5.55 am. 

Yesterday the three mast tall ship H.M.S. ‘Bounty’ sank off the coast of North Carolina after it caught in Hurricane Sandy. The US Coast Guard rescued 14 of the 16 crew members after the ship started taking on water. One crew member was found death later and the captain is still missing. My prayers are with them all. The Bounty, 55 meter long, is a replica of the ship of the same name famous for the mutiny of its crew in the 18th century. Built for the 1962 film ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ it was on its way from Connecticut on the north-east coast of the US to Florida. The ship was the star at DelfSail 2009.
For the impressive rescue of HMS Bounty click on link:!

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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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SEP ‘Neptune’ in Oostende.

Oostende, Belgium May 4 2012 13.00 pm
In Oostende I had the opportunity to sail with the (dynamic positioning) self-elevating heavy-lift jack-up vessel ‘Neptune’. The vessel is equipped with a dedicated 600-tonne crane that is fully integrated into the hull. The Neptune is used for the transport and installation of offshore windturbines and any other heavy marime structures. The hull performs the installation of the 48 wind turbines for the second and third stages of the C-Power offshore wind farm on the Thornton Bank off the Belgian coast. The pilots mr. Duquet and mr. Van Laere are manoeuvring the 60-metre long and 38-metre wide vessel. It was very impressive.
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Containers in Rotterdam.

Prins Willem Alexanderhaven, Rotterdam April 22, 2011 10.05 am
For my project “Pilots of the World” I visited the Port of Rotterdam, one of the biggest harbors in the world. I was guided by Herman Broers, President of the Rotterdam Pilots. He had to work as a pilot once in a while to keep his licence as a pilot. We had several pilot trips. With the container vessel “Katharina B” (100 meters long and 18 meters wide) we sailed from the pilot station at the Nord Sea to the Interforest Terminal  at Prins Willem Alexanderhaven in Rotterdam. During berthing master and pilot keep an eye on it.
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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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