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Tug Zeeland on her way to Amerikahaven in Port of Amsterdam.

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Last saturday I sailed on board of tug ‘Zeeland’ (length 29 m and width 9 m) to make a documentary about the towing of the chemical tanker ‘St. Johannis’  (length 183 m and width 32 m) from the Amerikahaven to the North Sea Channel. In the following days I will publish some pictures of my trip.

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Visiting the Port of Amsterdam by bicycle.

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Last Saturday I cycled in the port of Amsterdam. It struck me that it was so quiet in the area. In the surroundings of Cargill Netherlands at Coenhavenweg I found it even a little creepy. No living creature to see but all kinds of strange sounds coming from the factory of Cargill.

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Tug Thetis in action in IJmuiden (2)

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Also on a tug you have wonderful views. It remains a challenge to find the special photography spots. It is good to be careful because there are steep stairs and especially when the tug is pulling ships many forces are released.  Sometimes it seems that the ship is pulled down.

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Tug Thetis in the locks of IJmuiden.

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On board of the tug ‘Thetis’, length 29 m and width 11 m I saw how Captain Dirkzwager sailed from the port of IJmuiden to the locks to assist to maneuver the bulk carrier AS ‘Victoria’ into the locks of IJmuiden. The tug ‘Hercules’ dragged the bulk carrier at the bow into the locks. The bulk carrier AS ‘Victoria’, length 190 m and width 33 m, was on her way to the Amerikahaven in Port of Amsterdam.

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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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