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Monthly Archives: March 2013

Port of Amsterdam

Westhaven, Amsterdam, September 15, 2007 4.50 pm

The Port of Amsterdam is for me the place to be. For seven years now I take pictures in this important port. The port area Amsterdam is 2600 ha. and handles almost 93 million metric tons of cargo annually. It ranks as number 4 port of Europe. It is in Europe the most important petrol port and in the world number 1 cacao port. On the picture you can see the mooring of the bulk carrier ‘Alpha Millennium’ at OBA (Overslag Bedrijf Amsterdam). The Amsterdam Port Authority ‘Port of Amsterdam’ is still part of the local government, but from April 2013 it is becoming a private company. Through my assignment at the Dutch Pilot Association, region Amsterdam-IJmond I have accompanied pilots on dozens of voyages. See for more pictures: pilot voyages

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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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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.

More pictures of captain and crew

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Brunsbüttel locks are closed.

Elbe, Brunsbüttel August 21, 2011 8.37 am

Elbe, Brunsbüttel August 21, 2011 8.37 am

Two years ago I visited the Brunsbüttel locks during a pilot trip with the MV Borussia Dortmund (see my post). Hot news today is the locks at Brunsbüttel are closed for probably 14  days. In the Maritiem Nieuws (in Dutch) was mentioned the locks of Brunsbüttel are damaged. All the big vessels to the ports of the East Sea has to sail 325 km extra via Skagerrak and Kattegat. The delay for big ships is at least 12 hours. This is also confirmed by the Kiel-Canal Authorities.

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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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