Yearly Archives: 2014

A Happy and Healthy 2015.

WL-148-43332We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure.

There is no end to the adventures we can have

if only we seek them with our eyes open.

A happy and healthy 2015.

Mirjam Terpstra & Ton Reijntjes

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Tugboat ‘ Bernardus’ of Iskes Towage & Salvage in action.

WL-147-85475Iskes Towage & Salvage has taken delivery of the Bernardus, the first Damen ASD 2810 Hybrid tug. Based in IJmuiden near Amsterdam, Iskes has been operating a conventional Damen ASD Tug 2810 since November 2011. By combining diesel-direct, diesel-electric propulsion and battery power the vessel can achieve average fuel savings of up to 30% and up to 40% reduction of emissions. Here ‘Bernardus’ is in action near the locks of IJmuiden. The tugboat assists to maneuver the bulk carrier ‘Cape Kennedy’, length 229 meters and width 32 meters into the locks.

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The leading lights of IJmuiden.

On board of the bulk carrier ‘Cape Kennedy’, length 229 meters and width 32 meters  pilot Leen Kranendonk gives instructions to follow a pair of leading lights marking the IJgeul (the entrance on the North Sea to the North Sea Canal). The 24-metre high lighthouse together with the low lighthouse of IJmuiden forms the leading lights. The lights are a pair of light beacons, used in navigation to indicate a safe passage for vessels entering a shallow or dangerous channel and may also be used for position fixing. At night, the lights are a form of leading line that can be used for safe navigation. The beacons consist of two lights that are separated in distance and elevation, so that when they are aligned, with one above the other, they provide a bearing. Range lights are often illuminated day and night. Two lights are positioned near one another. One, called the front light, is lower than the one behind, which is called the rear light. At night when viewed from a ship, the two lights only become aligned vertically when a vessel is positioned on the correct bearing. If the vessel is on an incorrect course, the lights will not align..

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Difficult manoeuvre in the Mercuriushaven Amsterdam.

On board of the bulk carrier ‘Cape Kennedy’, length 229 meters and width 32 meters I noticed a difficult manoeuvre by pilot Leen Kranendonk. He had to pass the bulk carrier ‘Hanjin Odessa’, length 255 meters and width 43 meters, in the Mercuriushaven in the Port of Amsterdam. It was interesting to see how he succeeded..

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Demonstration pilots during World Port Days in Rotterdam.


During World Port Days in Rotterdam there was an impressive demonstration of the pilotage by helicopter on the pilot boat ‘Pollux’, lenght 81 m and breadth 13 m. Lots of people were watching how the pilot was lowered on the deck of the pilot boat and then was hoisted by the helicopter..

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Last working day of a pilot (2).


On board of of the bulk carrier ‘Cape Kennedy’ I saw how the pilot boat ‘Lacerta’, length 24 m and breadth 6 m disappeared to the next vessel to pick up the pilot. I like to see how the pilot boat sailed away in the North Sea.

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Last working day of a pilot.


Commisioned by the Pilots’ Association region Amsterdam-IJmond I made a photoshoot of pilot Leen Kranendonk at his last working day before retiring. It was on board of the bulk carrier ‘Cape Kennedy’, length 229 meters and width 32 meters. The ship sailed from the North Sea via the North Sea Channel to IGMA, Vlothaven in Amsterdam.

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Sailing on board of the barque ‘Europe’.


During the Parade of Sail in Harlingen I spotted this woman. As part of the training she was helping to shut down the sails on board of the barque ‘Europe’. It”s a beautiful sight. Especially because she is working on her bare feet.

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Pilotage of the Russian Tall Ship ‘Kruzenshtern’ during Sailing Parade into Harlingen.


During the Sailing Parade into Harlingen the Russian Tall Ship ‘Kruzenshtern’ was piloted by Johan de Joode, president/manager operations of the region North of the Dutch Pilots’ Association. Despite all the modern developments piloting is still done with a rope ladder. It is very impressive to see.
The Tall Ship ‘Kruszenshtern’ is my favorite tall ship. She is a four masted barque, length 114 m and width 14 m and is one of the biggest tall ships in the world. She belongs to the Baltic State Academy of the Fishing Fleet (Kaliningrad). The ‘Kruzenshtern’ is today a sail training vessel, training students of the maritime training institutions of the Federal Fishery Agency.

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Sailing Parade into Harlingen launches The Tall Ships Races 2014.


The barque ‘Europe’ is one of the Tall Ships who participated in the Saling Parade into Harlingen which launches the Tall Ships Races 2014. This great event started  with a grand port event in Harlingen from 3-6 July with activities for young and old. This will be the first Tall Ships event in Harlingen and the most impressive event of the year in the northern region of The Netherlands. The Parade of Sail into the harbour was very spectacular. Especially the arrival of the barque  ‘Europe’, in full sail, drew large crowds as she enjoyed a rousing homecoming as she returned from her recent world tour.

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