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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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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
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.Read More
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 Kiel–Holtenau. 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.