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Dutch Tugs 9

On a windy day recently in the Beerkanaal section greater Rotterdam harbor, Jan Oosterboer took these photos, passed along by Jan van der Doe. The small boats here are operated by the KRVE, self-translated as “rowers” but more likely we’d call them linesmen.  The more distant KRVE boat is alongside Smit Cheetah.  The link that follow […]

Dutch Tugs 8

These photos come via Jan van der Doe and were taken by Jan Oosterboer in the Lekhaven area of Rotterdam. Lingestroom, a Damen Shoalbuster 3512 design and launched in 2017, measures 114′ x 39′ and is powered by triple screw driven by three Caterpillar C32-TTA SCAC. Unrelated, notice the stack for the Atlanship SA orange juice tanker […]

Dutch Tugs 7

Again, these photos come via Jan van der Doe from Vianen at the Merwedekanaal, and taken by  Huug Pieterse from Arkel and Leo Schuitemaker from Klundert.  By the way, Klundert became a city in 1357! Noorderlight dates from 1941.  I’m not sure which small tug she’s towing. Wiepke, 1946. Zuiderzee, 1930. Maartje Anna, 1923. Finally, for […]

Dutch Tugs 6

These photos come via Jan van der Doe from Vianen at the Merwedekanaal, and taken by  Huug Pieterse from Arkel and Leo Schuitemaker from Klundert.  By the way, Klundert became a city in 1357! I’m making an attempt at matching these up with some basic info.  So Storm dates from 1909 and David from 1947. Harmonie […]

Dutch Tugs 5

Let me clarify the title .  . all these photos were taken in Dutch waters by Aleksandr Mariy.  Jade is actually a German tug built in 2000. Union Emerald–the tailing portion of this tow–is Belgian, 2005 built. And in between, the barge is Dutch. I like the lines of Veritas with a telescoping wheelhouse, but searches […]

Dutch Tugs 4

All these photos come through Fred Trooster. Let’s start with the new build Noordstroom which wasn’t splashed until midMarch 2016.  Click here to see the triple-screw vessel at various stages of construction.   Catharina 7 on the other hand, is from 1958.  Here she passes the Bollard.   Here’s 1973 built Pacific Hickory.  I’m not […]

Dutch Tugs 3

Hudson, launched 1939, spent WW2 working for the British Ministry of Shipping, having left the Netherlands with a tow to Africa just before the Germany invasion and occupation.  After the War, it towed to ports worldwide until 1963, when it was deemed underpowered and sold for scrap.  Instead, it was purchased by a fishery as […]

Dutch Tugs 2

Arion is one of the smaller Iskes tugs, here towing City of Dubrovnik out toward the mouth aka Ijmond of the North Sea Canal.  Aaron is the smallest of the fleet. Friesland . . . built 1982. Here’s another shot of Triton (farther) and Telstar (nearer). Another shot of Triton, built 2008 in Turkey. Pollux (Germany […]

Dutch Tugs 1

I certainly saw great assist tugs like Triton, here steering a bulk carrier into the locks at Ijmuiden.  Click here for more Iskes tugs. Louise van der Wees is less new. Devotion is an Urk-based vessel working a mini-heavy lift unit. But it was the sheer number of restored-to-operational-condition vintage tugs that impressed me, like […]

Random Tugs 208

The wheel should be a giveaway for location.  More on that later in the post. I’ve not found much info on the delightfully-blue ST called “The Commissioner,” other than a photo of it breaking ice in Burnham Harbor. Kenosha, nearby, launched in 1954 in Missouri.   Kenosha pushes the crane barge out to a breakwater. […]