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Other Peoples Photos 64

I appreciate it when folks send in photos they’ve taken.  Sharing photos is one of the joys of the Internet. Here from Ashley Hutto, Mister Jim pushing five barges, upbound through the Highlands.  If you could swivel the camera to the right, you’d be looking at West Point.  I love the reality-defying lens. The next […]

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 […]

NL7b

This is a 1959 vessel with a rich and varied career.  Click here for photos from a maritime festival last year, and  here (scroll) with info about her sojourn in the US. Click on the photo below to hear her run.   Click here to watch a 20-minute video documenting her meeting a near-sister a few […]

NL8

Traffic backed up.  But in Schiedam it’s because of a drawbridge that’s up to allow a self-propelled barge to back out.  More on that later.  That windmill?  It’s at the Nolet distillery, a Ketel One facility that makes many spirits besides vodka. Here’s the 1962 motorvrachtschip, Sentinela, squeezing through the lock and returning to the main […]

Raised Ace 3

Here are the previous posts in this series, showing the removal and disposal of the wreck of the RORO Baltic Ace, which sank after a collision in December 2012. After more than two years underwater, this is how things appear.           Many thanks for these photos to Jan Oosterboer via Fred […]

Port of Botlek

Call this GHP&W 11. Botlek is a section of the port of Rotterdam.  Here tugs Smit Texelbank and En Avant 1 and 20 assist craneship Oleg Strashnov into port for regular maintenance. Prior to coming into port, Oleg Strashnov had been working in the North Sea gas fields.   Click here for more particulars of the craneship.  Click […]

Raised Ace 2

Here was part 1 of this story about the ill-fated Baltic Ace. Jan Oosterboer took these photos in the Waalhaven portion of Rotterdam harbor. Tugboat Viking barged these parts to Waalhaven  on July 2. Can you recognize the make of car? Click here to see this model out of the water but in workable condition.  The […]

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 […]

Raised Ace

You might remember the story of the tragic sinking . . . December 2012 and the immediate aftermath.  Baltic Ace was only five years in service and part of a huge fleet. The MOL Ace’s often serve the sixth boro as well, as seen in the top photo from a tugster post here from three years ago. […]

NL5

It goes without saying that the waterways here are busy and complex, as seen from this AIS grab below, showing traffic at this moment between Brussels (bottom) and Amsterdam, and between Dusseldorf and the North Sea about midway the narrowing into the English Channel to the southwest.  All the photos in today’s post–as have many here–were […]