Category Archives: Events

Another picture used by DelfSail 2016


Another photo taken during DelfSail 2009 hanged life-size on a poster in the centre of Delfzijl during DelfSail 2016. The photo also has been used in a press release. The photo is anonymously used without my permission. Again I am not amused.

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Pilotage HMS Falken during Sail Den Helder.


During Sail Den Helder 2013 I was invited to sail with the ‘HMS Falken’. I accompanied the pilots Tobias Lofvers and Jellle Douma of Loodswezen, region Amsterdam-IJmond, to the anchorage on the Rede van Texel. There all the tall ships assembled for the Fleet Review on Thursday 20th June.The Falken is a Royal Swedish Navy sail training schooner. The vessel is 39 meters long and 7 meters wide and is part of a Schooner Squadron that helps train cadets of the Royal Swedish Navy. The cadets get a strong foundation of basic seamanship during their weeks aboard.  For many it is their first time at sea. It was also my first time I visited the beautiful vessel and hospitable crew. You cab find more information about the pilotage of ‘HMS Falken’ on my website under Martime/Events/Sail Den Helder 2013/Pilotage HMS Falken


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Pilots of The North.

In my post of November 4, 2012 I mentioned the journey with the Sedov during DelfSail 2009. In the context of the project “Pilots of the World” I want to show the work of  the pilots in the north of the Netherlands. Because I didn’t actually sail with the pilots of The North, I decided to publish a pilotage of the tallship Sedov at DelfSail.

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Pilotage Tall Ship “Sörlandet”.


Delfzijl, August 26 2009, 6.22 am

During the Sail Out of DelfSail 2009 I sailed with pilot Erik Koenz during the pilotage of the Norwegian tall ship “Sörlandet” from Delfzijl direction Borkum. The ship “Sörlandet” is a former school ship, now used for offering  adventure sailings for young people of all ages”, based in Kristiansand. What I particularly liked that the crew consisted of many women.


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Pilotage Tall Ship “Cisne Branco”

Eemshaven, August 22, 2009 5.18 am

During DelfSail I had the opportunity to sail with the pilot on the “Cisne Branco”. It was an early start but worthwhile. The weather was good and the light was beautiful. On the way from Eemshaven to the “Cisne Branco” I had a beautiful sight on the other ships. When we arrived at the “Cisne Branco” everyone was still asleep and the deck was complete empty. Later the sailors and crew climbed up the mast and the rigging to prepare the ship to sail. Of the pilotage I made a photo shoot and a compilation I put in a YouTube video (including with Brazilian music from Joao Gilberto).

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HMS Bounty sank off the coast of North Carolina.

Near Eemshaven, August 22, 2009 5.55 am. 

Yesterday the three mast tall ship H.M.S. ‘Bounty’ sank off the coast of North Carolina after it caught in Hurricane Sandy. The US Coast Guard rescued 14 of the 16 crew members after the ship started taking on water. One crew member was found death later and the captain is still missing. My prayers are with them all. The Bounty, 55 meter long, is a replica of the ship of the same name famous for the mutiny of its crew in the 18th century. Built for the 1962 film ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ it was on its way from Connecticut on the north-east coast of the US to Florida. The ship was the star at DelfSail 2009.
For the impressive rescue of HMS Bounty click on link:!

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Pilotage Tall Ship ‘Cuauhtemoc’ in Den Helder.

Den Helder, August 19, 2008 8,44 am

At maritime events also tall ships are guided by a pilot. During Sail Den Helder the tall ship ‘Çuauhtemoc’ , a Mexican training ship sails under supervision of pilot Roon Heimel to her berth. The crew is working hard on a special arrival.

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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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Two pictures selected for exhibition “Port of Amsterdam, colorful Harbor”

IJpromenade, Amsterdam, September 19 2012 5.10 pm

IJpromenade, Amsterdam, September 19, 2012 5.09 pm

IJpromenade, Amsterdam, September 19, 2012 5.11 pm

Two of my pictures have been nominated for Photography competition “Colorful Harbor”, organized by Port of Amsterdam, De Telegraaf”(newspaper) and Sp!ts (newspaper). The exhibition “Port of Amsterdam colorful Harbor”will take place from 20th of September untill 14th of november 2012 in front of EYE, Filminstitute Netherlands, IJpromenade 1, Amsterdam.

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