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Port of Tyne

In the context of the project ‘Pilots of the World’ we visited last week  the pilots of Newcastle in the Port of Tyne. Newcastle upon Tyne is situated in the North East of England along the river Tyne. The pilot station is located near the mouth of the river in North Shields.  After a visit to the office of the pilotage and the Vessel Traffic Service center (VTS) of the port authorities, it was possible for me to follow the pilot movements for a whole day. I was very lucky because of the clear and sunny skies and low wind. In the morning I sailed with an outbound container vessel and in the afternoon a very large incoming bulk carrier.  An impressive port and a very friendly and warm welcome at the pilot station.

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Brunsbüttel locks are closed.

Elbe, Brunsbüttel August 21, 2011 8.37 am

Elbe, Brunsbüttel August 21, 2011 8.37 am

Two years ago I visited the Brunsbüttel locks during a pilot trip with the MV Borussia Dortmund (see my post). Hot news today is the locks at Brunsbüttel are closed for probably 14  days. In the Maritiem Nieuws (in Dutch) was mentioned the locks of Brunsbüttel are damaged. All the big vessels to the ports of the East Sea has to sail 325 km extra via Skagerrak and Kattegat. The delay for big ships is at least 12 hours. This is also confirmed by the Kiel-Canal Authorities.

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Pilots of the River Scheldt.

Lock of Berendrecht, May 30, 2008 7.30 pm

The River Scheldt is an important waterway in the south of The Netherlands. Special of this area is the close cooperation between the Belgium and the Dutch pilots. The Dutch pilots take care of 27,5% of all the pilot services of The River Scheldt. In 2008 I had the opportunity to sail with Jan Mastenbroek, pilot of the region Scheldemonden, from the entrance at Vlissingen up the lock of  Berendrecht, the entrance of the Port of Antwerp.

For more pictures see: Pilots of the River Scheldt

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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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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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World Port Days in Rotterdam (1)

Rotterdam, September 8, 2012 11.36 am

I paid a visit to the World Port Center and enjoyed the interactive presentation “The complete story of the Port” by the Rotterdam Port Authority of the Rotterdam Port & Industrial Area. A very interesting presentation and afterwards I had a magnificient view of the port from the 17th floor of the World Port Center.

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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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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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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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