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Yearly Archives: 2015

Exhibition AmbtArt2015.

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The  exhibition, which has been organized by the Municipality of Amsterdam gives an impression of the various art forms of the creative officials of the Council of Amsterdam. The art forms are photography, fine arts and media. I exhibit with a photograph ‘Through the eyes of a pilot’. The exhibition AmbtArt2015 is located from 25th of November 2015 – 25th of February 2016 at Voormalige Stadstimmertuinen 4-6, Amsterdam.

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At work at Sail Amsterdam 2015.

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From 19th until 23th of August, I was at work during the largest public event in The Netherlands and the largest free nautical event in the world. Sail Amsterdam takes place every 5 years in Holland’s capital Amsterdam. Sail Amsterdam 2015 has been visited by 2.3 million visitors and 5000 ships.

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The impressive Westerschelde near Vlissingen.

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The Westerschelde (Western Scheldt) in the province of Zeeland in the southwestern Netherlands, is the estuary of the Scheldt river. This river once had several estuaries, but the others are disconnected from the Scheldt, leaving the Westerschelde as its only direct way to the sea. It is an important shipping route to the Port of Antwerp, Flushing, Ghent and Terneuzen  With its many bends and meanders, the Western Scheldt is one of the most difficult to navigate rivers in the world. About 20,000 seagoing ships per year are using the main fairway. In addittion, 50,000 inland ships per year use this waterway on their way to France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and further into Europe.

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A worthwhile visit to the Port of Vlissingen.

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After my visit to Vlissingen (town) I had a boattrip to the Port of Vlissingen. The Port of Vlissingen consists of two separate harbour areas: Vlissingen-Oost (Flushing East) and Vlissingen (the original harbour in the town of Vlissingen). Vlissingen-Oost is both an industrial area and a commercial harbour covering a total of 2,400 hectares with 200 companies. The harbour is located at the mouth of the River Scheldt, only a few kilometres from the North Sea and is accessible to all seagoing vessels. Some 4300 sea-going vessels carry over 16 million tons of cargo to Vlissingen each year. I was surprised that the port of Vlissingen was so big. It was an very interesting visit.

In the picture you can see the general cargo vessel ‘Quetzal Arrow’ length 200 meters and width 30 meters at the Van Cittershaven.

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Interesting visit to the Port of Terneuzen.

WL-163-91645After my visit to the ‘Portaal van Vlaanderen’ I had a boattrip in the port of Terneuzen. The Port of Terneuzen is situated on the Western Scheldt about 30 km from the North Sea. Covering an area of 21.000 hectares the port stretches along the river to include the outer Braakman Harbour, site of the chemical complex of Dow Chemical and up the Genth-Terneuzen canal. About 2.500 sea-going vessels and 10.000 inland vessels call at the Port of Terneuzen each year and 14 million tonnes of cargo is handled.

In the picture you can see the inland vessel ‘Bonanza’ length 132 meters and width 11 meters up the Genth-Terneuzen canal. Unfortunately there were no big sea-going vessels at that time.

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The locks of Terneuzen (Netherlands).

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I had a very interesting visit with a guide of ‘Portaal van Vlaanderen’ to visit the locks of Terneuzen. The locks of Terneuzen form a complex which provides access from the Westerschelde to the Ghent-Terneuzen canal and thus to the port of Ghent (Belgium). The complex now consists of three locks. The eldest, called ‘Middensluis’, opened in 1910, has a length of 140 meters and a width of 18 meters.The ‘Oostersluis’ or inland navigation lock, which has a length of 280 meters and a width of 23 meters. On the picture you can see the ‘Westsluis’ or sea lock, which has a length of 290 meters and a width of 40 meters. It is suitable for ships with a draft of 12.5 meters and a capacity of 83,000 tons. Each year the locks are passed through approximately 10,000 seagoing vessels, more than 50,000 inland vessels, and a 3,000 pleasure boats.

There is an agreement to built the New Lock Terneuzen between Belgium and the Netherlands. The New Lock Terneuzen will roughly be as long and as wide as the renewed locks on the Panama Canal. The new lock will have the following dimensions: 427 metres in length, 55 metres in width and a depth of 16.44 metres and will be built inside the present lock complex at Terneuzen. It is expected that the lock will be ready in 2021. It is very interesting to come so close and watch the big seagoing vessels in the lock but also to follow the new project.

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The best pictures for the photography photo-contest and exhibition ‘Present & past of the North Sea Canal area’

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The photography competition has been organized by the Stichting Projectbureau Masterplan Noordzeekanaalgebied. The twelve best photos are in the exhibition ‘Present & past of the North Sea canal area’. The pictures give an impression of the historical and contemporary significance of the North Sea Canal area. The exhibition has been connected to the European Year of Industrial and Technical Heritage and Cultural Festival Industry. The photos were located 13th – 14th of June 2015 in the HollandRoute Huis, Hemkade 18, Zaandam.

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Honorable mention for Photography competition “Present & past of the North Sea Canal area”.

WL-160-67000I received an honorable mention from Elisabeth Post, deputy of the Province of North Holland for the photography competition “Present & Past of the North Sea Canal area”. The honorable mention was given for the category working. With over 300 pictures give an impression of the historical and contemporary significance of the North Sea Canal area. The photography competition was organized by the Stichting Projectbureau Masterplan Noordzeekanaalgebied. This office is connected to the European Year of Industrial and Technical Heritage and Culture Festival Industry. The historical significance of the North Sea Canal area is very important.  Photographers were asked to send their photos in three categories: working, housing and recreation. The jury consisted of Peter van den Doel, director DuPho (Dutch Photographers, professional organization for photography) and director Spaarnestad Fotoarchief, Elisabeth Post, deputy of the Province of North Holland and Peter Schat, editor of Holland Media Combination.

 

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Cargill in Port of Amsterdam by night.

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Cargill Netherlands B.V. is one of the many companies in the Port of Amsterdam. The company is engaged in the production of food ingredients and the processing, distribution and trading of a variety of agricultural products. Especially by night Cargill looks wonderful.

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