Category Archives: Quay and cranes

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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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 (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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Pilots of Rouen (2).

Seine, Boulevard Stalingrad, France April 29 2012

In Rouen I sailed with pilot David Robert with the chemical tanker “Forres Park” (length 183 meters and 32 meters wide). First of all the boatmen sail the pilot to the ship. It is a beautiful journey of 120 km across the Seine to the English Channel. The journey is done by two pilots. The change of pilots occurs at Caudebec en Caux. For me it was not possible to sail all the way to the sea because of the weather (heavy wind).

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Containers in Rotterdam.

Prins Willem Alexanderhaven, Rotterdam April 22, 2011 10.05 am
For my project “Pilots of the World” I visited the Port of Rotterdam, one of the biggest harbors in the world. I was guided by Herman Broers, President of the Rotterdam Pilots. He had to work as a pilot once in a while to keep his licence as a pilot. We had several pilot trips. With the container vessel “Katharina B” (100 meters long and 18 meters wide) we sailed from the pilot station at the Nord Sea to the Interforest Terminal  at Prins Willem Alexanderhaven in Rotterdam. During berthing master and pilot keep an eye on it.
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World Port Days in Rotterdam (5)

  Rotterdam, September 8, 2012 at 4.43 pm

Recently I have visited the ECT Delta Terminal in Rotterdam, the largest containerterminal in Europe. Equipped with a helmet and safety jacket I climbed up in a straddle carrier to see how the containers are moved. A great experience! A bit difficult to photograph because you actually need both hands to hold you tight, especially if the scradlle moves.

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The nominated pictures of Photography competition and exhibition “Port of Amsterdam, colorful Harbor”.

IJpromenade, Amsterdam September 19, 2012 

I have three pictures submitted for the Photography competition of the Port of Amsterdam. Two of my photos were nominated for the best 20 photographes and included in the photo exhibition “Port of Amsterdam, colorful Harbor”. A professional jury consisting of Dertje Meijer (Director Port of Amsterdam), Johannes Dalhuijsen (Chief picture editors of  “De Telegraaf”) and Wilbert Gieske (actor) selected the photos.

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World Port Days in Rotterdam (4)

Rotterdam, September 8,  2012 5.30 pm

Rotterdam, September 8, 2012 5.32 pm

Altough the ECT Delta Terminal is automated the terminal employs some 2.300 people. Many of whom work in continuous shifts. The cranes that move the containers are enormous. This also applies to the giant wheels.

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World Port Days in Rotterdam (3)

Rotterdam, September 8, 2012 5.26 pm

Rotterdam, September 8, 2012, 5.22 pm

A visit to the ECT Delta Terminal is a great experience. The Europe Container Terminals (ECT) is the leading and most advanced container terminal in Europe. ECT invented and introduced the automated container terminal as well as many other innovations. Automated terminals use Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) to transport the containers between the ship and the container stack where Automated Stacking Cranes (ASCs) take over.

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Safari in the Port of Amsterdam!

Westhaven, September 1, 2012 9.36 pm

On Safari in the Port of Amsterdam and reach places where others are not allowed. A great experience! And look for “The big Five” just like a real Safari. The port crane “Het Nijlpaard” (Hippopotamus), was one of “The big Five”. The other four you can find yourself at the Harbor Safari on Saturdaynight in September.


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