Blizzard in Port of Amsterdam

ADM-haven, Amsterdam January 20, 2013 4.42 pm

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.

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The new Scheepvaartmuseum in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam, December 27, 2012 4.39 pm

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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Merry Christmas and an Adventurous 2013

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.

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Maiden voyage MSC ‘Laurence’.

River Scheldt, Antwerp June 12, 2011 12.16 pm
Barendrecht, Antwerp June 12, 2012 2.25 pm
Following the visit of the largest container ship CMA CGM ‘Marco Polo’ (length 396 m and breadth 54 m)  at Rotterdam. Yesterday in the middle of the night the largest container ship in the world (16.020 teu) arrived in Rotterdam. Unfortunately for photographers not the right time. Luckily last year I  had as part of  the project ‘Pilots of the World’, the opportunity to sail with a maiden voyage of the MSC ‘Laurence’ to Antwerp. At that time it was one of the largest container ships in the world (length 366 m and breadth 48 m). The purpose of the maiden voyage was to investigate whether it was possible to pass the locks at Berendrecht and berthing backwards in the MSC container terminal.
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Pilot cutter ‘Mirfak’ out of service.

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.

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Pilotcutter ‘Markab’ out of service?

Berghaven, Hoek van Holland April 22, 2011 6.25 am

Rede Hoek van Holland, sector pilot Maas, April 22, 2011 7.07 am
Rede Hoek van Holland, sector pilot Maas, April 22, 2011 7.08 am

Rede Hoek van Holland sector pilot Maas, April 22, 2011 7.26 am
The pilotcutter ‘Markab’ is after 40 years of service no longer used by the Dutch Pilots Association. Guided by Herman Broers, the President of the Rotterdam Pilots, I visited the ‘Markab’ (length 59 m and breadth 10 m) when the pilotcutter vessel was still on service.


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New Pilot Station Vessel ‘Polaris’ (2)

Berghaven, Hoek van Holland, December 1, 2012 11.05 am

Berghaven, Hoek van Holland, December 1, 2012 11.15 am

Bergahaven, Hoek van Holland, December 1, 2012 11.20 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.

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New Pilot Station Vessel

Publication, © Dutch Pilot Association, November 2012
The Dutch Pilot Association developed a new Pilot Station Vessel and ordered three vessels to built by Barkmeijer Shipyards. The first vessel ‘Polaris’, is baptized on October 10, 2012 by her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. December 6, 2012 the ‘Polaris’ enters service and will replace the old pilot station vessel ‘Markab’.  In 2013 the other two vessels will be finished.
For more detail information see link:—2012/2131/

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Pilots of Bangkok (2)

Gao Praya River, Thailand December 28 2010 6.04 am

Gao Praya River, Thailand December 28 2010 8.45 am

Chao Praya Delta Estuary, Thailand December 28 2010 9.25 am

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. 

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Pilots of Bangkok (1).

Chao Praya River, Bangkok, Thailand, December 27 2010 11.51 am
Bangkok, Thailand, December 27 2010 12.54 am
In the context of the project ‘Pilots of the World’ we have visited in December 2010 the pilots of Bangkok. We were very warmly welcomed at the office of pilotage at the Chao Praya River. The chairman Lt. Janerob Kamhaengridhirong (Pilot 96) informed us about the organization and invited us the next day to sail with a pilot.

Chao Praya River, Bangkok, Thailand December 28 2010 05.11 am

Chao Praya, River, Thailand, December 28 2010 5.54 am
Chao Praya River, Thailand December 28 2010 07.08 am

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.

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