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.
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.Read More
Bremerhaven, 26th of August 2011 at 11.09 am.
The Elbe Rivier near Brunsbüttel, 20 august 2011 at 8.21 hours
Pilot Station Elbe Noordzee, August 20, 2011 12.59 am
During my visit to the pilots of Hamburg I also visited the pilot station Elbe in the North Sea. The pilot station is a SWATH (Small Water Plane Area Twin Hull), consisting of a mothervessel “Hanse“ (60 meters long and 25 meters wide) and two tenders the “Bremerhaven“ and the “Borkum“. From the mothervessel a launch is suspended. These small boats transport the pilots to or from the vessel requiring pilotage.Read More