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I choose to interrupt the “go west” series here. It will continue soon. And why? Late yesterday, emerging from the fires over in Sarnia it came . . .
to enter the Black River.
Draken‘s a beauty with carved European oakwood
like above on the bow cap rail and below on one of many oarlock covers.
Below it’s the captain to the right and the district 3 Lakes Pilot to the left as
international crew prepares to slips the dock lines and
head northward into a stormy Huron night.
Aleksandr sent me these photos about a month ago. He took them on April 20 passing Vlissingen and headed generally northward. And I’m somewhat stumped. What does Flintercoral look like to you?
To me it looks like a new build, going elsewhere for completion.
Multratug 27 takes the bow and
Multrasalvor 3 at the stern.
So I guess here’s the story: it was completed as a container vessel, and although it has a Flinter- name, Flinter- never took ownership because the yard had gone bankrupt beforehand. It seems then that some time later, the ship was purchased by Necon, and converted into a semi-submersible. Necon, it seems, has only this vessel. But why it was under tow a month ago is a mystery.
My experience with Flinter is from 2009, when Flinterduin brought the Dutch sailing barges to the sixth boro, and then Flinterborg picked them up in Albany and returned them to Dutch waters.
The same day, Aleksandr caught Smit Sentosa on its arrival from a one-month passage in from Capetown.
Many thanks to Aleksandr for these photos. Previously his photos and drawings have appeared here. Vlissingen (origin of the name of the NYC area called Flushing, settled in 1645) is a quite old port in Zeeland.
If you’re not sure where to place Cuxhaven, the image below may help. Another clue is that in Cuxhaven inbound, you could choose either to make for Hamburg or for the Kiel Canal. All these photos come thanks to Aleksandr Mariy, whose drawing we featured here recently.
Wal was launched in 1992. Dimensions: 101′ x 32.8′ x 17 and Gross Tonnage is 368.
Luchs, 1991, 95′ x 29.5 x 15.1 and GT 229.
Wolf, 1993, 105′ x 26.2′ x 17′ and GT 368.
Bugsier 15, 1991, 92′ x 29.6 x 15.1 and GT 239.
Bugsier 10, 2009, 108′ x 42.7 x 19.3 and GT 485.
Steinbock, 1977, 92′ x 26.2′ x 14.1′ and GT 213.
And Steinbock here is underway through the Kiel Canal.
Here’s more info on Cuxhaven.
All photos here come thanks to Aleksandr Mariy, to whom I am grateful.
More photos by taken by Jan Oosterboer showing traffic quite different from what you’d see on our parts of the watery globe.
Let’s start with Matador 3. With the North Sea as the densest area of the globe for offshore wind turbines, floating cranes like this–with lift capacity of 1800 tons– keep busy.
And Wei Li . . . self-propelled and with lift capacity of 3000 tons. Before we move to a different type of vessel, do you remember Pelicano from Guanabara Bay?
Seven Rio is a recent launch . . . deep sea pipe layer.
Kolga, the larger tugboat here, is 236′ x 59,’ yet
it’s dwarfed by its tow, crane vessel Hermod, with two cranes whose lift capacity surpasses 8000 tons.
K. R. V. E. 61 is a highly visible crew tender.
Here’s another view of Hermod.
SD Sting Ray (104′ x 39′) is like a mouse at a foot of an elephant here,
the elephant being Stena Don, a Stena drill rig.
Many thanks to Jan Oosterboer for these photos which came via Fred Trooster.
Here’s another set of recent photos, all taken by Jan Oosterboer, and all showing traffic quite different from what you’d see on our side of the A-Ocean.
Check the Fairmount link above for the particulars on Alpine and
The unfinished multicat is towed here by Egesund, a tug that could most easily fit in in the sixth boro. The offset house allows more deck equipment to be fitted.
And finally . . . above and below, it’s Norman Flipper, 2003 and Norway built.
These photos by Jan Oosterboer come via Fred Trooster, to whom both I am grateful.
All the rest I’ve taken recently in the sixth boro . . . Gracious Ace (a fun name) left Yokohama on June 30.
Palmerton follows the Ambrose Channel into the Narrows.
Anyone recognize the cargo?
Glovis Crown and CMA CGM Vivaldi cross on the Ambrose Channel.
Juliette Rickmers heads for sea with Margaret Moran alongside.
Thanks to Fred for the top photo; all others by Will Van Dorp.
I’ve gotten a bit behind with photos from the Netherlands. These were taken in early June.
By now, Havila Neptune has made its way across the North Sea to Scotland, towing
Paragon B391, with Multratug 4 and others.
Seven Discovery is still in greater Rotterdam.
Tug Atlas . . .has returned from Rotterdam to the Baltic.
Here’s an interesting one . . bucket ladder dredge Stepan Demeshev was in Rotterdam waiting for heavy lift ship Tern to take it to Mumbai. As of this writing (July 8), Tern with cargo was in the southern Red Sea bound for the Mandeb Strait.
Last but not least for this update and here assisted by Smit Cheetah and Smit Ebro, . . . it’s Vanuatu-flagged Global 1200,
currently working off Normandy.
Many thanks to Jan and Fred for these Rotterdam photos. I’m struck–as always–by the variety of vessels that call there and then move on to the next job.
Any errors in current info on these vessels is due simply to me.
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 automobiles were Mitsubishi, 1414 of them.
Thanks to Jan Oosterboer for these photos, sent by Fred Trooster.
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.
Here’s the story of these photos, taken by Jan Oosterboer via Fred Trooster. I leave the account in the machine-translated English: “Friday morning June 19, 2015 is about 0600 hours, the tug VIKING with the SMIT BARGE 2 the Waalhaven entered. The SMIT BARGE 2 is loaded with the bow of the wreck of the BALTIC ACE. The BALTIC ACE came on December 5, 2012 in collision with the containership CORVUS J. The BALTIC ACE sank immediately. Of the 24 crew members, survived 13 the accident. The wreck of the autotransportschip BALTIC ACE is about 65 kilometers from the coast of Goeree-Overflakkee.”
This photo is flipped. . .
. . . as is this one.
Thanks to Jan and Fred for these photos, which I find very moving.
Please contact me if you have photos of the recent raising of Sea Bear.
All these photos were taken last weekend in the port of Rotterdam by Jan Oosterboer and used via Fred Trooster. Notice their size:
MSC Regulus . . . 1200′ x 156”
Margrethe Maersk, here tailed by SD Shark, at 1309′ x 196′ . . .
a Maersk Triple E class container vessel, capacity of 18,000 teu’s, and
in service about three months now.
CSCL Atlantic Ocean, 19,100 teu capacity, 1312′ x 190,’ and on her maiden voyage from Asia.
And finally, Berge Stahl, nearly 30 years afloat, 364, 767 tones DWT. Her dimensions are only 1122′ loa and 206′ beam.
And why are ships getting bigger, other than because they can, and the population is growing? Well, we need more stuff. Compare these family photos of household and possessions.
Many thanks to Jan and Fred for these photos.