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Yearly Archives: 2013

Pilots of Gdynia

In Gdynia we had a warm welcome by Capt. Ryszard Wrobel, director of the Gdynia Pilot Organization, officially called Przedsiebiorstwo Uslug Morskich ‘Unipil’. We first got a tour through the pilot station. He had arranged that I could sail with pilot Kryzysztof Knybas with the cargo ship ‘Wichita Belle’, length 172 m and breadth 26 m With the pilot tender we were brought to the cargo ship. The pilot trip was a short trip but interesting and started with a 180 degrees turn in the port of Gdynia. We followed the buoys to the Baltic sea. The area with the old cranes was very impressive. Before we returned to the pilot station we were invited to visit the port of Gdynia. More pictures of Pilots of Gdynia

 

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Pilots of Gdansk.

In Gdansk we were warmly welcomed by Pilot Jakub Sczcerbinski of the Gdansk Pilot Organization, officially called Przedsiebiorstwo Uslug Morskich ‘Gdansk-Pilot’. We first got a tour through the pilot station and then we followed by pilot tender at a distance the piloting of the chemical tanker ‘Copernicus’, length 74 m and breadth 12 m. The chemical tanker sailed from Gdansk to the Baltic sea. Unfortunately it was not possible to photograph the entire pilotage. Instead we were invited to visit the port of Gdansk with the pilot vessel. The port was very impressive. See for more pictures Pilots of Gdansk

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Pilots of Szczecin.

In Szczecin we had a warm welcome by Capt. Janusz Majewski, director and chief pilot of the Szczecin Pilot. He had arranged that I could sail with pilot Capt. Krzysztof Lewinski with the chemical tanker ‘Theodora’, length 117 m and breadth 17 m. The Director Capt. Janusz Majewsk brought me personally with a small pilot boat to the vessel. He also showed me with that pilot boat a part of the Port of Szczecin  The pilot trip was very varied and started with a 180 degree turn in the port of Szczecin. After we passed the pilot station we reached the rather shallow lake Zalew Szczecinski and followed the buoys. Through the narrow channel Piastowski we sailed via Swinoujscie to the Baltic sea. With the pilot tender we were brought to the pilot station in Swinoujscie. For more pictures see Pilots of Szczecin

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Nissan eco-friendly ship in Port of Tyne.

Via Facebook I recently received a message from Marine Insight about a new car carrier ‘The City of Petersburg’. The special design is so made that it reduces the waste and cuts the air resistance by almost 50 percent. The ship has been built with a special purpose of transporting the company’s ecp-friendly leaf electric vehicles. This unconventional eco-friendly ship can accomodate 2000 cars and weighs 21.000 tons. During my visit at Port of Tyne it was possible to accompany a pilot on the car carrier’ The City of Rotterdam’. The pilot however advised me to choose a different ship because the bridge was like a cockpit with only water around. See for more information Marine Insight.

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Pilots at Port of Tyne (2)

Because of the good and clear weather, low wind and sometimes beautiful sunlight, I got the opportunity to sail with the pilots at Port of Tyne. This time wth Pilot 14, Mark Reynolds, and a large bulk carrier the ‘Golden Bull’ length 225 m and breadth 34 m and also tree tugs were used. It was an incoming vessel, so we went wth the pilot tender outwards, through the pilot ladder on board. The pilot used tugs for berthing. See for pictures Pilots at Port of Tyne (2)

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Royal Boat Parade Amsterdam 2013

On the occasion of the celebrations for the inauguration of King Willem Alexander on 30th of April, the City of Amsterdam has invited production company IDTV and Stichting Sail Amsterdam to collaboratively organise the Royal Boat Parade. Next to the tall ships a beautiful and broad delegation of Sailing Heritage has been invited to participate in the Royal Boat Parade. More than 130 ships will contribute to the story and all are typically Durch vessels, both used for work and pleasure. Also the Frigate ‘Shtandart’ has been invited to participate in the ‘Koningsvaart’ (Royal Boat Parade) on the river IJ. Frigate ‘Shtandart’ is an exact replica of the ship Tsar Peter the Great built in 1703.

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Abstracts and stills

As a photographer I not only look at the big views as ships and surroundings but also at details. Sometimes are the details more beautiful. The details are often better than the whole and make abstract images. In this serie I show a compilation of abstract images that I have  taken on vessels and ships. I wonder if people on the ships recognize where the pictures were taken. Abstracts and stills

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Souter Lighthouse in South Shields

An important aspect on the coast are lighthouses. During our visit to the Port of Tyne we visited several lighthouses around the Port of Tyne. In South Shields there is a very special lighthouse with foghorn, the Souter Lighthouse. Via Facebook I was attended by a friend about a special concert, the “Foghorn Requiem”. At 22th of June 2013 there will be a concert by the foghorn of the lighthouse and an armada of vessels positioned at sea. For more details about the concert see BBC News Tyne and Wear.

 

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Pilots at Port of Tyne

In the Port of Tyne I sailed with the container vessel ‘Star Comet’ lenght 133 m width 19 m to the North Sea. I followed the work of pilot Ken Milton. I was lucky that day because the weather was sunny with beautiful clouds, after a long period of bad weather. The security measures were very good. In advance Alan McPherson, deputy Harbour Master and senior pilot asked me if I needed shoes, a jacket and a life jacket. By climbing the ladder and walking on the container vessel and in the harbour I had to wear also a safety helmet, safety glasses and a yellow safety jacket. I was very impressed. See for more pictures: Pilots at Port of Tyne

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Photographer at work

Just like the pilots I have to climb the pilot ladder. There is always a helpful hand from the crew of the pilot cutter. It is a very special experience. Most of the time I climb the pilot ladder under good weather conditions, but the pilot has to climb the ladder also during bad weather. I have not many pictures of myself climbing the ladder. This picture is taken by my husband during the pilotage of the bulk carrier ‘Golden Bull’ length 224 m and width 34 m on the North Sea inbound for the Port of Tyne, North East England.

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