Monthly Archives: April 2013

Royal Boat Parade Amsterdam 2013

On the occasion of the celebrations for the inauguration of King Willem Alexander on 30th of April, the City of Amsterdam has invited production company IDTV and Stichting Sail Amsterdam to collaboratively organise the Royal Boat Parade. Next to the tall ships a beautiful and broad delegation of Sailing Heritage has been invited to participate in the Royal Boat Parade. More than 130 ships will contribute to the story and all are typically Durch vessels, both used for work and pleasure. Also the Frigate ‘Shtandart’ has been invited to participate in the ‘Koningsvaart’ (Royal Boat Parade) on the river IJ. Frigate ‘Shtandart’ is an exact replica of the ship Tsar Peter the Great built in 1703.

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Abstracts and stills

As a photographer I not only look at the big views as ships and surroundings but also at details. Sometimes are the details more beautiful. The details are often better than the whole and make abstract images. In this serie I show a compilation of abstract images that I have  taken on vessels and ships. I wonder if people on the ships recognize where the pictures were taken. Abstracts and stills

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Souter Lighthouse in South Shields

An important aspect on the coast are lighthouses. During our visit to the Port of Tyne we visited several lighthouses around the Port of Tyne. In South Shields there is a very special lighthouse with foghorn, the Souter Lighthouse. Via Facebook I was attended by a friend about a special concert, the “Foghorn Requiem”. At 22th of June 2013 there will be a concert by the foghorn of the lighthouse and an armada of vessels positioned at sea. For more details about the concert see BBC News Tyne and Wear.


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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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