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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.
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.
Enjoy these details, as well.
Engine room console and
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.
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
to the left of Smit Elbe and Smit Cheetah . . .
Here it is . . . Armada Intrepid, an FPSO here lassoed in the Calandkanaal portion of the port of Rotterdam.
Oh! of course, they are related. It’s time for a piggyback.
All secure and keel of FPSO is already dry.
A sailor too long at sea, upon seeing this approach, would panic!
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 towingline.com and Jan Oosterboer via Fred Trooster.
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?
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.
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?
En Avant 7 (1981) and 27 (1960).
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.
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.
Here’s Lekstroom V, Broedertrouw 4 and a bow.
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!
the unnamed, project number 714 for now. Oceanco is the manufacturer, and here are many smaller yachts.
The yacht does not move me, although I’d love to tour the project as the different specialized craftsman complete the job.
I’d love, however to work on these inland tugs for a while.
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,
SD Stingray with enhanced fire fighting gear,
and SD Rebel.
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.
I believe I took this in summer 2005, my first view of Lincoln Sea from W. O. Decker. Lincoln Sea is now making its way northward probably along Baja California, if not already along alta California.
A few days ago and from the crew of Maraki–aka my sister and brother-in-law–it’s Salvatore in Santa Marta, Colombia.
And in the same port . . . Atlantico assisting Mosel Ace into the dock.
And the next few from Fred Trooster and Jan Oosterboer and taken in Amazonehaven section of the port of Rotterdam less than a week ago . . . the giant Thalassa Elpida assisted into the dock by FairPlay 21. The two smaller boats are the line handlers.
Click here for a post I did four years ago showing FairPlay 21 nearly capsizing.
Tailing the giant is Smit Ebro.
Rounding today out . . . it’s W. O. Decker, Viking, and Cheyenne . . . before the tugboat race in September 2010.
Thanks to Fred, Seth, and Maraki for these photos.