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Yearly Archives: 2013

Pilots of the River Scheldt.

Lock of Berendrecht, May 30, 2008 7.30 pm

The River Scheldt is an important waterway in the south of The Netherlands. Special of this area is the close cooperation between the Belgium and the Dutch pilots. The Dutch pilots take care of 27,5% of all the pilot services of The River Scheldt. In 2008 I had the opportunity to sail with Jan Mastenbroek, pilot of the region Scheldemonden, from the entrance at Vlissingen up the lock of  Berendrecht, the entrance of the Port of Antwerp.

For more pictures see: Pilots of the River Scheldt

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Pilots of The North.

In my post of November 4, 2012 http://www.mirjam-terpstra.com/?p=417 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.

http://www.mirjam-terpstra.com/?page_id=1159

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Pilots of Rotterdam.

Rede Hoek van Holland, sector pilot Maas, April 22, 2011 7.08 am

In April 2011 I was invited by Herman Broers, Chairman of the Rotterdam Pilots, to sail from Hook of Holland to the Dutch Pilot Station at the North Sea. The Pilot Station is located at sector post Maas about 10 miles southwest of the entrance of the Port of Rotterdam. From the pilot boat to the vessels pilots are transferred by a launch. The small boats are lowered to the water by a david (cranelike device).

http://www.mirjam-terpstra.com/?page_id=1152

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Pilots of Bangkok (3)

As we are close by the Bangkok Bar Pilot Station we are picked up by the pilot boat. Through the pilot ladder we disembark and are transported to the station. The Bangkok Bar Pilot Station is established in 1874. It has a round cylindrical tower with lantern, mounted on a 3-story concrete building standing on piles. The entire structure is painted with red and white horizontal bands. There is a helipad on the roof of the building. The vessels entering Bangkok must stop to pick up a pilot. Located about 10 mi south of the entrance to the Chao Phraya River, which leads to Bangkok.

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Boatmen are ready to leave

ADM-Haven Amsterdam, January 20, 2013 4.39 pm

Despite the blizzard the boatmen of  “De Koperen Ploeg” have to do their job. I wanted to see the harbour during bad weather. So we drove the car on the slippery road to the Port of Amsterdam. Nobody was outside. At the office of “De Koperen Ploeg” I got permission to take pictures of the surroundings. I took some pictures but it was very cold, wet and slippery. The snow hurt my eyes. I didn’t get permission to sail with the boatmen, because it was too dangerous. I was a little disappointed because I want to take pictures of the difficult circumstances they have during wintertime, but I understand that safety for all people is most important.

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Blizzard in Port of Amsterdam

ADM-haven, Amsterdam January 20, 2013 4.42 pm

During wintertime in the Netherlands sometimes it can be very bad weather. With snow and heavy wind vessels must also be served. Dockers, boatmen and people of Port of Amsterdam have to do their jobs.

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The new Scheepvaartmuseum in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam, December 27, 2012 4.39 pm


Recently I have visited Het Scheepvaartmuseum (the National Marine Museum) in Amsterdam. It has been thoroughly renovated and looks beautiful. Especially the open courtyard is stunning and has become a magnificent public square. Also the museum inside has been completely redesigned. The collection is grouped according to themes.Of course you find The Golden Age, but also the presentation of the Port of Amsterdam in 24/7. The visit to the museum starts with an exciting virtual voyage at sea. It is worth a visit.

For more details: http://www.hetscheepvaartmuseum.nl/themuseum/about?t=English

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