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Pilots of Rouen (3).



The Seine Maritime, France April 29 12.04 am

The Seine is a beautiful river that meanders through the landscape of the English Channel at Le Havre from Rouen to Paris. The landscape is very varied. From Le Havre, the tidal section of the river goes to well beyond Rouen and ocean going vessels can get 120 km down from the sea where they can dock. The landscape is very varied. I have seen hills, limestone cliffs, small communities, ancient towns with gothic cathedrals and many small ferries and beautiful skies. It is a wonderful journey.

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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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Russian Tall Ship Sedov leaves Rostock (2)


Rostock, Germany May 28 2012 5.14 pm

After a last salute from captain Nikolay Zorchenko, the marine pilot leaves the Sedov via the pilot ladder. The pilot is assisted by the crew. The Sedov is starting her journey around the world for one year.

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Russian Tall Ship Sedov leaves Rostock (1)

Rostock, Germany May 28 2012 4.57 pm

My favorite ship is the Russian tall ship ‘Sedov’ from Moermansk. Upon arrival in Rostock she lays there in full glory. It is the second time I am on board for pilotage. In 2009 I was on board for the pilotage during the arrival of the ships for DelfSail 2009. Along the way to Eemshaven we had very bad wheather. Now the weather is beautiful and the pilotage only takes half an hour. The Sedov starts her journey around the world.

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Pilotage SEP ‘Neptune’

North Sea, near Thornton Bank, May 4 2012 2.16 pm

When the self-elevating heavy-lift jack-up vessel ‘Neptune’ has arrived at the North Sea and going to Thornton Bank, the pilots are ready to disembark. The pilot boat ‘Ravelingen’ lies alongside and both the crew of the SEP ‘Neptune’ and the men of the pilot boat helps the pilots to disembark. To sail with the ‘Neptune’ was a very special experience for me.

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SEP ‘Neptune’ in Oostende.

Oostende, Belgium May 4 2012 13.00 pm
In Oostende I had the opportunity to sail with the (dynamic positioning) self-elevating heavy-lift jack-up vessel ‘Neptune’. The vessel is equipped with a dedicated 600-tonne crane that is fully integrated into the hull. The Neptune is used for the transport and installation of offshore windturbines and any other heavy marime structures. The hull performs the installation of the 48 wind turbines for the second and third stages of the C-Power offshore wind farm on the Thornton Bank off the Belgian coast. The pilots mr. Duquet and mr. Van Laere are manoeuvring the 60-metre long and 38-metre wide vessel. It was very impressive.
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What is a ship without a crew?(3)

Seine, Quai de Danemark, France April 28, 2012 4.17 pm

Strange I have never seen the crew pulling the lines this way during mooring. Because the deck of the Russian ship “Marianne” was very slippery, it was difficult. It strucks me that the boatmen had not fixed the lines on a clamp of their boat.

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The pilots of Rouen (Seine).

Seine, France April 28 2012, 3.49 pm

Seine, Quai de Danemark, France April 28 2012, 3.58 pm

As  part of my project “Pilots of the world” I visited the maritime pilots of Rouen (Seine). The Russian ship “Marianne” is moved from Quai de France to Quai de Danemark. Despite the bad weather, the work continues.

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Pilot tender “Guido Gezelle” on River Scheldt.

Vlissingen, June 12, 2011 8.27 am

During a photo shoot for the Flemish Pilotage I photographed the piloting of the “Sardinia” of the Wilson Line. In Vlissingen the Flemish pilot tender “Guido Gezelle” brings the pilot on board.

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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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