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
Brunsbüttel, August 17, 2011, 1.41 pm
The pilots of Hamburg are divided in several groups, the sea pilots, the Elbe pilots and the harbor pilots. The sea and Elbe pilots belong to the Lotsenbrüderschaft Elbe. The area of the Lotsenbrüderschaft Elbe is from the pilot station in the North Sea to Brunsbüttel (entrance of the Nord-Ost-See Kanal) to the harbour of Hamburg. My first journey with the two Elbe pilots was from the pilot station in Brunsbüttel into the harbour of Hamburg, with the container vessel “Cosco Beijing”, 350 m long and 42 m wide. At Teufelsbrück at the entrance of the harbour, the Elbe pilots are replaced by the harbor pilots of Hamburg.
For more pictures see: Pilots of Hamburg (Elbe)Read More
MV Coal Age, February 27, 2006 10.29 am
During all my pilot voyages I always met the captain and crew. Because what is a ship without a captain and crew? Most of the time I was warmly welcomed by the captain on the bridge. I saw the cooperation between the pilot, captain and crew on the bridge and elsewhere. I followed the crew on the vessel during mooring in the harbor. Most of the crew was very friendly and they were very surprised to see me taking pictures of their work. I saw all kind of nationalities and they told me stories about their lives and families in far away countries. Most of them didn’t see their family for a long time.
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Elbe, Brunsbüttel August 21, 2011 8.37 am
Two years ago I visited the Brunsbüttel locks during a pilot trip with the MV Borussia Dortmund (see my post). Hot news today is the locks at Brunsbüttel are closed for probably 14 days. In the Maritiem Nieuws (in Dutch) was mentioned the locks of Brunsbüttel are damaged. All the big vessels to the ports of the East Sea has to sail 325 km extra via Skagerrak and Kattegat. The delay for big ships is at least 12 hours. This is also confirmed by the Kiel-Canal Authorities.Read More
On the river Scheldt towards the Belgian ports both the Flemish and the Dutch pilots work closely together by pilotage services according to a specific distribution key. See my post:Pilots of the River Scheldt. In Vlissingen I accompagnied the Flemish pilots Patrick Corveleyn, Jacques Cruyl and Peter Coveliers by the maiden voyage of the containervessel MSC ‘Laurence’ (lenght 366 m and breadth 48 m) to the locks of Berendrecht. The purpose of the maiden voyage was to investigate whether it was possible to pass the locks at Berendrecht and berthing backwards in the MSC container terminal in Antwerp.
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Port of Amsterdam, September 15, 2007 5.03 pm
In my last post I told something about the pilotage by helicopter. For me it was not the first time I had a trip in a helicopter. In 2007 I won the first prize and two photos were nominated for the photography competition “The Harbour works” in Amsterdam. The first prize was rewarded with a helicopter flight above the Port of Amsterdam. It was a wonderful experience to see the harbour in a different way. See my following post: The Harbour worksRead More
Despite the many pilot journeys I made since 2006 it was the first time I accompanied the pilots Wiggele Warnar and Roelof Favot by the pilotage by helicopter of the bulk carrier “Cape Sunrise” (length 292 m, width 45 m, draft 16,5 m), from the North Sea heading to the IJ-palen at Tata Steel in IJmuiden. Because of the darkness, cold and heavy winds from the helicopter it was a challenge for me to take good pictures. Thanks to the experienced crew of the helicopter, the help of the pilots and my Nikon D800 I succeeded. It was a great experience.
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Saturday February 9, 2013 I suddenly got the opportunity to go with the pilots of Amsterdam on a special mission, namely a pilotage by helicopter. Deep draft vessels coming to the Port of IJmuiden are restricted because of the tide. These vessels have to use the so called IJ-geul. The IJ-geul is a man made channel at the North Sea, 450 metres wide and 25 miles long, accessible for vessels with a maximum draft of 17.8 meters. For safety reasons these vessels are always piloted by two specially trained pilots who use state-of-the-art navigational equipment. The pilots get to the vessel by helicopter and board near the helicopter rendez-vous area at the entrance to the IJ-geul. The bulk carrier “Cape Sunrise” (length 292 m, width 45 m, draft 16,5 m), a so called cape-sizer, heading to the IJ-palen at Tata Steel, was piloted by Wiggele Warnar and Roelof Favot, pilots of the Region Amsterdam-IJmond.
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.