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The Locks of IJmuiden.

IJmuiden, March 23, 2012 12.07 pm

IJmuiden, March 23, 2012 12.30 pm

The pilots Kees van Heeringen (l) and Rob Gerrits (r) of Loodswezen Amsterdam-IJmond expertly maneuvered the bulk carrier  ’Cape Century’ in the locks of IJmuiden. The bulk carrier is 289 meters long and 45 meters wide. The locks are the connection between the North Sea and the Noordzeekanaal to Amsterdam. The ‘Noordersluis’, the biggest lock of IJmuiden, is 400 meters long and 50 meters wide.

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Port of Amsterdam by night.

Minervahaven Amsterdam, March 9, 2012 9.06 pm

What is happening during daytime is changing totally during the night. Here the Bulk carrier ´Osmarine´, 225 meters long and 32 meters wide, is unloaded. Barges are ready to be loaded. It is a beautiful sight.

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Pilots of Port Klang (Malaysia).

Port Klang, Selangor, Malaysia January 9 2012 8.33 am

Port Klang, Selangor, Malaysia January 9 2012 8.41 am

Captain Mazhazli Bin Jamaludin, Pilot Superintendent of the Malyasian Pilots told us that he had not been authorized by the Marine Department for me to take a photoshoot of the work of the pilots. He felt very sorry and offered us a guided tour to the pilotboats in the harbor. In Port Klang there is an open connection to the Strait of Malacca and a pilot trip takes about half an hour. The pilots have to deal with wind and sometimes  very heavy rainfall. Capt. Mahazli escorted us to the maingate of Westports where we got our passports back.
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Port Klang, Malaysia.

Westports, Port Klang, January 9, 2012 9.15 am

Port Klang Malaysia, January 9, 2012  10.44 am
During our visit to Malaysia, we also paid a visit to Port Klang. Port Klang is the main port of Malaysia. Via the pilots in Singapore, I got the name of the chairman of the pilots in Westports of Port Klang. I have made contact with Captain Mazhazli Bin Jamaludin, Pilot Superintendent of Marine Department. He invited me to visit the pilots in Port Klang. On the way from Penang to Singapore, we planned an overnight stay in Klang. The next day we were searching for Westports of Port Klang. Westports is the gateway to the harbors of Port Klang. There were very strict security measures to get access. With police escort we were brought to the office of the pilots. Here we were very hospitably received by Capt. Mazhazli.
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Port of Singapore from the Admiral Cheng Ho.

Singapore, December 26, 2011 11:00 am

On a tourist cruise with the “Admiral Cheng Ho”, a beautiful junk boat, I wanted to see more of the second largest harbor of the world. Unfortunately the ship didn’t sail in the real port of Singapore but sailed to the mouth of the river, the islands and the ships at anchor. There was a beautiful view of the skyline of Singapore, including the Marina Bay Sands hotel built in the shape of a ship, but the real harbor of Singapore was still far away.    

 

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Frozen water.

Ijsselmeer (Hindeloopen), February 11, 2012 3.05 pm

IJsselmeer (Hindeloopen) February 11, 2012 3.10 pm

While ships in the major ports of the Netherlands sail, the barges suffer from the inland ice. The IJsselmeer is completely frozen. Every day icebreakers assist the barges to run a passage on the IJsselmeer.

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The Lighthouse of Marken in the ice.

Marken, February 5, 2012, 2.55 pm

 The Lighthouse is my favorite place on the waterfront in summer but especially in winter. Surrounded by snow and ice it seemed like an expedition to get here. Because of the exceptional circumstances the Lighthouse was opened for the public.

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Lifeboat of Marken

Isle of Marken, February 4, 2012 5.02 pm

Throughout the year KNRM on Marken  helps anyone with problems on the Gouwzee and Markermeer. But not when there is ice. Then KNRM Marken changes into a running rescue station for rescues on the ice.

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The World’s Port of Call.

Singapore, December 26, 2011, 10.57 am

During my holiday in Singapore & Malaysia, I contacted the maritime pilots. The pilots in Singapore fall under the Maritime Port Authority. Because of the public holidays in Singapore it was not possible to get permission to sail with the pilots and take a photo shoot. Maybe next time I will be more successful. With a tourist cruise in the harbor, I have made this picture of the Tanjong Pagar Terminal in the port of Singapore. 
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The lifeboat in action.

Wijk aan Zee, January 21, 2012 2:27 pm

During the rescue operation of Aztec Maiden on Saterday, KNRM was also present. The high waves gave some spectacular images of the lifeboat.

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