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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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Rescue of Aztec Maiden unsuccessful?

Wijk aan Zee, January 21 2012, 1.39 pm

The tugs are the entire morning trying to get the bow of the Aztec Maiden run to the sea and keep her steady. Hereby broke the hawser of the tugboat of the Coast Guard. This made it uncertain whether the ship could be pulled to sea. During high tide around 2.00 pm, the Aztec Maiden was still stuck. When the tug of the Coast Guard was fastened another towing cable the tugboats succeeded around 5.00 pm. The KNRM kept an eye on things.

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Grounded on the Dutch Coast.

Wijk aan Zee, January 21 2012, 11.15 am

Philippine cargo ship MV Aztec Maiden  (length 155 m, width 24 m) ran ashore the coast on Wijk aan Zee with engine failure. The captain tried to anchor, but could not prevent the ship run aground the coast. The lifeboat was quickly on the spot but could not offer more help. On Friday at high tide two tugs from Svitzer tried to pull the vessel off the sandbank, without results. Saturday the salvage company Svitzer used a tug and a coast guard tug Levoli Black. At 5.00 pm the tugs managed to pull the ship free.

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Christmas at Sea

Ijmuiden, December 29, 2006 2.25 pm

Without lights and decorations but still a Christmas tree at the tugboat of Svitzer. For mooring in the locks of  IJmuiden two tugboats of Svitzer accompany the panamax “Belisland” (l: 225 m, b: 32 m, d: 12.8 m) to her berth.

I wish all supporters of my webblog a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Entering the Brunsbüttel locks.

North Sea locks at Brunsbüttel, August 21, 2011 8.14 am
A pilot of the “Lotsenbrüderschaft Elbe” escorts the MV Borussia Dortmund into the locks. The locks are 305 metres in length and 46 metres wide. They are the entrance of Kiel Canal which connects the river Elbe at Brunsbüttel with the Baltic Sea at Kiel. Both entrances in Brunsbüttel and Kiel-Holtenau are equipped with four locks. The canal operates a two way traffic system. It is the most heavily used artificial seaway in the world.
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Through the Kiel Canal.

NOK, near Brunsbüttel, August 21, 2011 9.20 am\

During my visit to Hamburg last summer I had the opportunity to sail on the Kiel Canal. The Kiel Canal, also called the Nord- Ostsee-Kanal (NOK), links the North Sea at Brunsbüttel to the Baltic Sea at KielHoltenau. The canal was opened in 1895 by Kaiser Wilhelm. For a detailed description of the channel, visit Wikipedia. The canal is 98 km long, 102 to 162 m wide and 11 meters deep. I was sailing with the MV Borussia Dortmund (painted in the colors of the football club). The ship is 121 meters long and 18 meters wide with a depth of 8.30 meters.


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A challenge for the pilots.

Hubbrücke Rethedamm, Hohe Schaar Hamburg, August 24, 2011 13.41

The cargo ship “Bay Ranger (length 185 meters, width 30.5 meters) was escorted to her berth by two pilots of the Hamburg Hafenlotsenbrüderschaft. From the Elbe river under the Hohe Brücke and backwards into the Südlicher Reihersteig. This picture was taken when passing the narrow Hubbrücke in the Rethedamm. A true tour de force and a real challenge for the pilots.

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The pilot station “Elbe” for repair.

Bremerhaven, 26th of August 2011 at 11.09 am.   

On my visit to the pilot station of the Elbe Pilots in the North Sea, the largest pilot station in the world was in dock for repair. The SWATH “Elbe” was in the Bredowerft dock in Bremerhaven. It took some effort to get permission to photograph, but thanks to Captain Michael Nicolaysen it succeeded.
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Sailing to the port of Hamburg.

The River Elbe near Port of Hamburg, 17th August 2011 at 17.16 hours
What a great experience to sail with the two harbor pilots of the “Hafenlotsenbrüderschaft Hamburg” on the    container ship “Cosco Beijing”, 350 meters long and 42 meters wide. One of the biggest container ships of the world. Due to security, the port authorities on the “Lotsenhöft” require that container ships from 250 meters long and 33 meters wide, must be sailed by two harbor pilots. One harbor pilot maintains radio contact with the shipping traffic on the river Elbe and in the port. His colleague is focused on the navigation of the ship.
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