During wintertime in the Netherlands sometimes it can be very bad weather. With snow and heavy wind vessels must also be served. Dockers, boatmen and people of Port of Amsterdam have to do their jobs.Read More
Recently I have visited Het Scheepvaartmuseum (the National Marine Museum) in Amsterdam. It has been thoroughly renovated and looks beautiful. Especially the open courtyard is stunning and has become a magnificent public square. Also the museum inside has been completely redesigned. The collection is grouped according to themes.Of course you find The Golden Age, but also the presentation of the Port of Amsterdam in 24/7. The visit to the museum starts with an exciting virtual voyage at sea. It is worth a visit.
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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.- Mark Twain, The Road goes ever on and on –
I wish everyone Merry Christmas and a Happy and Adventurous 2013.Read More
Pilot station Steenbank, North Sea, June 2, 2011 1.08 pm
Despite earlier reports the Dutch Pilot Association has decided not to use the pilot cutter ‘Mirfak’ (length 59 m breadth 12 m) anymore. After 35 years of service the pilot cutter ‘Mirfak’ is replaced by the new pilot station vessel ‘Polaris’. The pilot cutter ‘Markab’ continues to sail until the second pilot station vessel will be ready.
Berghaven, Hoek van Holland April 22, 2011 6.25 am
Berghaven, Hoek van Holland, December 1, 2012 11.05 am
Berghaven, Hoek van Holland, December 1, 2012 11.35 am
Last Saturday I had a guided tour on the Pilot Vessel Station ‘Polaris’. It was the second tour for the staff, pilots and former pilots of the Dutch Pilots Association. There were as many as 600 people to visit the vessel. The vessel, length 81 m and breadth 13 m, was moored as a proud Princess on a special built pier. It is an impressive vessel. On 6th of December the vessel ‘Polaris’ enters service. I wish the ‘Polaris’ and the crew a safe journey.
Gulf of Thailand December 28 2010, 9.47 am
I depart from the port of Bangkok with a container ship KMTC Singapore (lenght 172 m, breadth 26 m), flying the Korean flag. It was an impressive pilot trip down the Chao Praya River, especially the vegetation, the temples, the bridges and special ships we passed. After three hours we arrive in the Gulf of Thailand and we sail with the pilot boat to Bangkok Bar Pilot Station, which is located 10 miles south of the entrance to the Chao Praya River.Read More
The next day at 5.00 am we were picked up by a car at the entrance of the harbor by commander Reaungphol Jeaungjaubkeaw (Pilot 148). He drove us to the Port Terminal 5. On board of the container vessel KMTC Singapore we had a beautiful view on the Chao Praya River and the surroundings.