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Berthing

Vlothaven Amsterdam, February 27, 2006 11.18 am
Pilot Klaas Wester is berthing the bulk carrier ‘Coal Age’, length 225 m and wide 32 m, into the Vlothaven. He is assisted by tugs and boatmen. It’s like parking a big car. This photo is also in the headquarters of the EMPA (European Maritime Pilot Association) in Antwerp. According to the EMPA this picture shows exactly what a pilot actually is doing.