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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

0aaaarp1HAVILA NEPTUNE-0576

Paragon B391, with Multratug 4 and others.

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Seven Discovery is still in greater Rotterdam.

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Tug Atlas . . .has returned from Rotterdam to the Baltic.

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0aaaarp6ATLAS, Calandkanaal-0243

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.

0aaaarp7STEPAN DEMESHEV, Calandkanaal 0350

Last but not least for this update and here assisted by Smit Cheetah and Smit Ebro,  . . . it’s Vanuatu-flagged Global 1200

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currently working off Normandy.

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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.

The etymology here is “rotte” and “dam,” and as a silly kid, I used to call it “rotten dam,” since silly kids make fun of their heritage.  Rotte, though, is an old name for a waterway in the Rhine-Maas delta.  It is truly a complex port, and thanks to my parents, one where I can speak the language, unlike the case in even more complex ports like Singapore and Shanghai.  In one area of the port, depths can accommodate vessels with drafts of up to 78 feet!  Early on, an important commodity was fish, and fishing boats are still present.  “SCH” on the vessel below identifies it as based in Scheveningen, a port to the northwest of R’dam with a name that’s a veritable shibboleth.   


OD signifies Ouddorp, or “old village.”   Here are the codes.


The bow symbol says it all.  Ouddorp is a small village in the delta.



I’m thinking we’re looking at an old and new version of Maarten-Jacob.



Whenever you take a photo of a vessel in a port, it really is just a moment in time.  All these vessels shared this port one day in late June, but now . . .


Wylde Swan, former steam ship

they’re all either “on the fishing grounds” around Scotland, as is true of Wylde Swan and Sandettie and





or fisheries research vessels (l to r) Tridens,  Isis, Zirfaea, and Arca.


Yes, that vessel is called Isisand has been since 1983.


Here’s Oceaan II  . . . between jobs.


And finally Oleg Strashnov, heavy lifting crane ship, with lift capacity of 5000 tons!  It’s also headed into the North Sea for wind farm support.


Of course, many previous posts have been devoted to the port of greater Rotterdam, like here, here, here, and here. Of course, there are many more.

Again, many thanks to Jan Oosterboer via Fred Trooster for these photos.


I’d love to know more about this launch . . . in terms of engine and performance.


“Launch” is what the pilot service calls this.


And this is the PSV (pilot station vessel) Polaris, which has operated off the Port of rotterdam for three plus years now.





For some great photos of pilot vessels all over the world, check this site by Mirjam Terpstra.  Click here for more of her photos before Polaris was in service.



Many thanks to Freek Koning via Fred Trooster for these photos. Freek, a few years ago, asked me to try to discover the disposition of this former Royal Dutch Navy tugboat.  My letters to various addresses in the USCG in reference to the lost tug went unanswered.

Here’s an index to previous posts with this theme.  But truth be told, technology has no nationality.  Click here and scroll through for the last vessel, a Dutch tug vessel that for a time worked in the Chesapeake.  Here she was last week, all decked out and doing a tour in connection with a Maassluis’ tugboat festival.


Elbe restored to her 1959 glory

Enjoy these details, as well.



Engine room console and

20. machinekamer ELBE-0230



Radio room (Thanks for the info,  Jan)


Tugboat (Oops!  As was Elbe/Maryland.  Thx to Peter for catching this.) pilot boat Rigel dates from 1949;


Dock Yard V . . . from 1942.


And just to keep a hint of truckster alive from one April 1st to another, check out these two American beauties . . . living a well-kept expatriate existence.


Dodge?  Year?


DeSoto but what year?  I love the hood lines.

Many thanks to Freek Koning via Fred Trooster for these photos. Freek, a few years ago, asked me to try to discover the disposition of this former Royal Dutch Navy tugboat.

Right around this time four years ago, I saw my first dockwise vessel in the sixth boro and the loading process was lengthy.  There’s a link at the end of this post, by which time you’ll understand why I bring that up.

For now,  imagine what’s to the right of Smit Panther and Smit Schelde, and

0aaaars2Smit Panther en Smit Schelde-0880

to the left of Smit Elbe and Smit Cheetah . . .

0aaaars3Smit Cheetah en Smit elbe-0923

Here it is . . . Armada Intrepid, an FPSO here lassoed in the Calandkanaal portion of the port of Rotterdam.

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And  . . . related or not . . .  Dockwise Vanguard,  queen of the heavy lift fleet, now enroute for the Riau Archipelago . . .

0aaaars4Dockwise Vanguard, Calandkanaal-0063

Oh!  of course, they are related.  It’s time for a piggyback.

0aaaars5Invaren Armada Intrepid in Dockwise Vanguard_dd 20150508_00_RZ

0aaaars6Invaren Armada Intrepid in Dockwise Vanguard_dd 20150508_11_RZ

0aaaars7Invaren Armada Intrepid in Dockwise Vanguard_dd 20150508_13_RZ

All secure and keel of FPSO is already dry.

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A sailor too long at sea, upon seeing this approach, would panic!

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So here is the index of “groundhog day” posts I did four years ago.

For these photos, many thanks to Hans van der Ster of and Jan Oosterboer via Fred Trooster.

Unrelated but talking about Dutch ideas for unusual housing, check out this idea.   Here are some photos from last year when I stayed at Botel in Amsterdam for a few days.


Soon I hope the sixth boro will see more of Cable Queen, a vintage vessel with staying power, workability beyond the half century mark.  We saw Giulio Verne, an updated version of the Cable Queen here three and a half years ago.    So what’s this?



Nexus mission is to lay cable/pipe, especially in wind farms applications, an enterprise in which European companies are deeply invested.



Bound for sea about the same time was


Ndurance, a slightly smaller vessel in the same trade as Nexus.



I’m fascinated by national differences in adoption of new technologies, like marine renewable energy sources.  Click here to see the number of functioning European offshore wind farms.   Europe –2080;  US–0000.

Many thanks to Jan Oosterboer for these photos, taken last week, and to Fred Trooster for sending them.

Here was 2.  Scroll through and you’ll see other posts I’ve done on the vessel in North America.  The photo below shows Half Moon under full sail off Boston earlier this month.


Here on an AIS grab from yesterday, BigLift MV Traveller scooted across the North Sea from Scotland into the port at the mouth of the IJ River.


If you scan the icons carefully here, you’ll see MV Traveller in port, near NG 10-Aqua Fauna.


And here she is at the dock.  Click on the photo to get the original source and discussion in Dutch.  The headline translates as Half Moon has arrived in IJmuiden, the port at the mouth of the IJ River.  Click here and here for more photos.  I’ll translate the text later today when my head comes back above water.


Click here and here for photos I took of tugs and other vessels on the IJ and other waterways in the Netherlands last year.   Here are some of my other IJmuiden and area photos.

Many thanks to Rene at binnenvaart for these arrival links.    The next and final step will be from IJmuiden to Hoorn.

Thanks to Mike Abegg for the photo of Half Moon under sail in North American waters less than a month ago.

Geertruida van der Wees  (1979) . . .  with a telescoping wheelhouse . . . I wonder how that six-syllable name gets abridged for radio transmission?

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Kaikoura (2014) seems to have “towing pins.”


En Avant 7 (1981) and 27  (1960).

0aaaarrt4EN AVANT 7 n EN AVANT 27

Norne is 2011 built.


Gepke III, believe it or not, dates from 1957, and is operating with its third name.  I love the elegant lines of the house.

0aaaarrt6GEPKE III-0527

Now we move to a different watershed . .  that of the mysterious Miami.  And I need some help here.  Anyone know the vintage of Manati I 


and this looks like Manati II and an unidentified fleet mate.


Elizabeth H (1962) and Pablo IV (??)


Jean Ruth (1976) and Atlas (1985)


OK . .  there’s much about the mighty Miami that I need to go up close to study.



The Dutch tug photos–taken in “the Rip” aka “het scheur“– come thanks to Jan Oosterboer via Fred Trooster, who says folks are already waiting on the seawall of Hoorn for the arrival of Traveller with its deck load of Half Moon.  And for the Miami photos, thanks to Allan and Sally, who also provided the photos here and elsewhere.

Get your Miami River Rat hat here.


Here’s the index to all the preceding posts in this series, and I’m grateful to all for sharing.

If you suffer from perfect photographic memory, then the ferry in the middle distance under the bridge will serve as a clue to the location of this shot;  it’s a water bus, an efficient conveyance of passengers along the waterways that make up the Rhine delta in greater Rotterdam.  You saw it here . . . scroll through to the sixth photo. The tug in the foreground is Broedertrouw 4.

0ay1BROEDERTROUW 4, in de NOORD, Alblasserdam-0524

Here’s Lekstroom V Broedertrouw 4 and a bow.

0ay2LEKSTROOM V en BROEDERTROUW 4, in de NOORD, Alblasserdam-0475

Tailing is Broedertrouw XIV.  And if you click here, you’ll see the same vessel towing what HAD BEEN the largest yacht to date built in the Netherlands, Symphony.  But in this series, you’ll see an unfinished project that promises to be 8.5 meters longer than Symphony . . . a full 360′ loa for this new project!

0ay3BROEDERTROUW XIV, in de NOORD, Alblasserdam-0483

the unnamed, project number 714 for now. Oceanco is the manufacturer, and here are many smaller yachts.

0ay4Jacht met Bouwnummer 714, Ablasserdam, de NOORD-0456-3

The yacht does not move me, although I’d love to tour the project as the different specialized craftsman complete the job.

0ay5Jacht met Bouwnummer 714, Ablasserdam, de NOORD-0501

I’d love, however to work on these inland tugs for a while.

0ay6 Jacht met Bouwnummer 714, Ablasserdam, de NOORD-0510

0ay7Jacht met Bouwnummer 714, Ablasserdam, de NOORD-0522

0ay8BROEDERTROUW XIV en BROEDERTROUW 4, inde NOORD, Alblasserdam-0528

0ay9Jacht met Bouwnummer 714, Ablasserdam, de NOORD-0531

Many thanks to Jan Oosterboer via Fred Trooster for these photos.


The first two and last two photos here come thanks to John Jedrlinic . ..  aka Jed.  He took these of Marlin in Baltimore in late July 2009.


Has anyone heard of/seen it since it was sold foreign?


The next batch were taken in the Beerkanaal area seaward of Rotterdam in early March (I think) by Jan Oosterboer and sent via Rene Keuvelaar and Fred Trooster.  I’ll just list the names and embed more info:  Iskes Brent

0aaaarrt3BRENT, Beerkanaal-0143

Smit Panther with 1200′ CSCL South China Sea,

0aaaarrt4SMIT PANTHER, Beerkanaal-0092

Smit Ebro,

0aaaarrt5SMIT EBRO, Beerkanaal-085

Fairplay 24,

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SD Stingray with enhanced fire fighting gear,

0aaaarrt7SD STINGRAY, Beerkanaal-0030

Smit Cheetah,

0aaaarrt8SMIT CHEETAH, Beerkanaal-0019

Canadian built Svitzer Nabi and Nari,

0aaaarrt9SVITZER NARI en SVITZER NABI, Beerkanaal-0895

Smit Hudson

0aaaarrt10SMIT HUDSON en SVITZER NARI, Beerkanaal-0875

and SD Rebel.

0aaaarrt11SD REBEL, Beerkanaal-0810

Look at the palm trees.  Jed took this one of Fort Bragg last month in a place where northerners probably wished they were. . . .


. .  and this one of Susan Moran in Norfolk in early June 2012.


Thanks to Jed, Jan, Rene, and Fred for these photos.


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