Monthly Archives: December 2012

Merry Christmas and an Adventurous 2013

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.- Mark Twain, The Road goes ever on and on –

I wish everyone Merry Christmas and a Happy and Adventurous 2013.

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Maiden voyage MSC ‘Laurence’.

River Scheldt, Antwerp June 12, 2011 12.16 pm
Barendrecht, Antwerp June 12, 2012 2.25 pm
Following the visit of the largest container ship CMA CGM ‘Marco Polo’ (length 396 m and breadth 54 m)  at Rotterdam. Yesterday in the middle of the night the largest container ship in the world (16.020 teu) arrived in Rotterdam. Unfortunately for photographers not the right time. Luckily last year I  had as part of  the project ‘Pilots of the World’, the opportunity to sail with a maiden voyage of the MSC ‘Laurence’ to Antwerp. At that time it was one of the largest container ships in the world (length 366 m and breadth 48 m). 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.
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Pilot cutter ‘Mirfak’ out of service.

Pilot station Steenbank, North Sea, June 2, 2011 1.08 pm

Despite earlier reports the Dutch Pilot Association has decided not to use the pilot cutter ‘Mirfak’ (length 59 m breadth 12 m) anymore. After 35 years of service the pilot cutter ‘Mirfak’ is replaced by the new pilot station vessel ‘Polaris’. The pilot cutter ‘Markab’ continues to sail until the second pilot station vessel will be ready.

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Pilotcutter ‘Markab’ out of service?

Berghaven, Hoek van Holland April 22, 2011 6.25 am

Rede Hoek van Holland, sector pilot Maas, April 22, 2011 7.07 am
Rede Hoek van Holland, sector pilot Maas, April 22, 2011 7.08 am

Rede Hoek van Holland sector pilot Maas, April 22, 2011 7.26 am
The pilotcutter ‘Markab’ is after 40 years of service no longer used by the Dutch Pilots Association. Guided by Herman Broers, the President of the Rotterdam Pilots, I visited the ‘Markab’ (length 59 m and breadth 10 m) when the pilotcutter vessel was still on service.


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New Pilot Station Vessel ‘Polaris’ (2)

Berghaven, Hoek van Holland, December 1, 2012 11.05 am

Berghaven, Hoek van Holland, December 1, 2012 11.15 am

Bergahaven, Hoek van Holland, December 1, 2012 11.20 am

Berghaven, Hoek van Holland, December 1, 2012 11.35 am

Last Saturday I had a guided tour on the Pilot Vessel Station ‘Polaris’. It was the second tour for the staff, pilots and former pilots of the Dutch Pilots Association. There were as many as 600 people to visit the vessel. The vessel, length 81 m and breadth 13 m, was moored as a proud Princess on a special built pier. It is an impressive vessel. On 6th of December the vessel ‘Polaris’ enters service. I wish the ‘Polaris’ and the crew a safe journey.

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New Pilot Station Vessel

Publication, © Dutch Pilot Association, November 2012
The Dutch Pilot Association developed a new Pilot Station Vessel and ordered three vessels to built by Barkmeijer Shipyards. The first vessel ‘Polaris’, is baptized on October 10, 2012 by her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. December 6, 2012 the ‘Polaris’ enters service and will replace the old pilot station vessel ‘Markab’.  In 2013 the other two vessels will be finished.
For more detail information see link:—2012/2131/

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