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
Westhaven, Amsterdam, September 15, 2007 4.50 pm
The Port of Amsterdam is for me the place to be. For seven years now I take pictures in this important port. The port area Amsterdam is 2600 ha. and handles almost 93 million metric tons of cargo annually. It ranks as number 4 port of Europe. It is in Europe the most important petrol port and in the world number 1 cacao port. On the picture you can see the mooring of the bulk carrier ‘Alpha Millennium’ at OBA (Overslag Bedrijf Amsterdam). The Amsterdam Port Authority ‘Port of Amsterdam’ is still part of the local government, but from April 2013 it is becoming a private company. Through my assignment at the Dutch Pilot Association, region Amsterdam-IJmond I have accompanied pilots on dozens of voyages. See for more pictures: pilot voyagesRead More
The authorities of the Port of Amsterdam take care of the management and maintenance of the harbor infrastructure such as roads, railways, crane ways and waterways, quays etc. They also take care of the safety and security on land and in the water of the harbor area. The boat of the Port of Amsterdam guides the ship to the assigned berth. They also have to do their jobs if there is a lot of snow.
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.
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).Read More