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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.

0aaaars1ARMADA INTREPID-0870

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.

0aaaars8Dockwise Vanguard    JMdK  14.05.2015    DSC03792

0aaaars9Dockwise Vanguard    JMdK  14.05.2015    DSC03803

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

0aaaars10Dockwise Vanguard    JMdK  14.05.2015    DSC03825

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.

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.

 

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