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Hat tip to Jan van der Doe for sending along a set of tugboat photos from the Lekhaven area of Rotterdam harbor.  Rather than shotgun approach and posting a lot of photos, I just chose one tugboat for today’s post . . .   Brutus.  Click here to get all the specs for the boat.  Let me highlight some info.

She’s big and shallow:  117′ x 47′ x max draft of just over 9′, the first ever Damen Shoalbuster 3514 SD (Shallow Draft) with DP2 ever built, and launched less than two years ago.  Propulsion is provided by four Caterpillar C32 ACERT engines delivering 5,280 hp to four 6.2′ nozzles. 

Here’s another link.  For the rest of the Herman Sr. fleet, click here

Thx to Jan Oosterboer and Jan van der Doe for these photos.

Here are the nine previous installments of this title. 

Here are some previous posts with photos from Jan.

So here’s the tugboat, just out of the shipyard near the Arctic Circle and at work, the last in a series of five identical anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels bringing more than 23000 hp to the job. This job starts in the Princess Arianehaven. 

And what’s the tow?

And how many tugs does it take?  Here’s Maker assisted by Mutratug 32,  quite interesting in her own right as a Carrousel RAVE tug. Click here for more.

But I digress.  Maersk Resilient (2008) is moving out to the Stella Oil/Gas Field with this assistance. The additional tugs are Multratug 5 and FairPlay 27 and 28.


And here Bugsier 3 intrudes on the scene.

All photos taken last weekend by Jan Oosterboer and delivered via Jan van der Doe.

You also have one more day to name the port and guess the date in yesterday’s post.


On a windy day recently in the Beerkanaal section greater Rotterdam harbor, Jan Oosterboer took these photos, passed along by Jan van der Doe.

The small boats here are operated by the KRVE, self-translated as “rowers” but more likely we’d call them linesmen.  The more distant KRVE boat is alongside Smit Cheetah.  The link that follow are mostly for previous instances these boats have appeared on this blog.

Here’s their own site in English.

Fairplay 27

SD Rebel

Multratug 31

In the distance newly-launched LNG carrier Vladimir Rusanov, shuttling between Rotterdam and Russian Kara Sea port of Sabetta.   I had to look up Sabetta, since I’d not heard of it:  average annual temperature is 14 degrees F, -10 C

Above and below, that’s Smit Hudson.

Iskes tug Venus is about three years old. 


Above and below FairPlay X,

which has not been on this blog before.  Multratug 5 shows her Japanese origins, 

here with Beagle, new this spring.

Many thanks to Jan and Jan for these photos.  Any errors in text are mine.


These photos come via Jan van der Doe and were taken by Jan Oosterboer in the Lekhaven area of Rotterdam.

Lingestroom, a Damen Shoalbuster 3512 design and launched in 2017, measures 114′ x 39′ and is powered by triple screw driven by three Caterpillar C32-TTA SCAC.

Unrelated, notice the stack for the Atlanship SA orange juice tanker on the far side of the building?  I’m not sure which tanker that is.

MTS Indus is 82′ x 24.’    More info here.  Just beyond Indus and against the dock is MTS Vanquish, a 2909 Stantug design from Damen.

Sea Bronco is a SeaContractor tug with two Caterpillar 3508B engines.

En Avant 20 is a twin Schottel 5000 hp tug built in 2006.  I like the slogan on the building on the right side of the photo.


Union Princess is queen of the dock here:  221′ loa x 51′ and powered by two Wärtsilä 16v32 LND engines for a total of just over 16,000 hp.

Dian Kingdom measures 107′ x 36.’


I hope you enjoyed this look around the dock in Lekhaven, thanks to Jan and Jan.  For the first seven in the series, click here.


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 Trooster.



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.

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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?

0aaaaoe3WEI LI, Wilhelminahaven, Schiedam-0232

Seven Rio is a recent launch . . . deep sea pipe layer.

0aaaaoe2SEVEN RIO, Wiltonhaven, Schiedam-0220

Kolga, the larger tugboat here, is 236′ x 59,’ yet

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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.

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Here’s another view of Hermod.


SD Sting Ray (104′ x 39′) is like a mouse at a foot of an elephant here,

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the elephant being Stena Don, a Stena drill rig.

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0aaaaoe10STENA DON, zie de poten-0844


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.

Start with these four tugs, three by Fairmount.  In the lead, it’s Fairmount Expedition, rated at 16320 bhp, and 205 ton bollard pull.   She’s Japan-built 2007.

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Second in that line, FairPlay 33, 8160 bhp,  is Romania-built 2011, likely constructed in the yard where Allie B towed the old Quincy Goliath crane.


Check the Fairmount link above for the particulars on Alpine and




Union Sovereign, 2003 and China built and rated at 16500 bhp.

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Going from chartreuse to primer red . . . .this is a multicat shallow draft vessel built in Gdansk to be completed in greater Rotterdam.  Click here and here to see how this vessel gets launched.

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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.

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.


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.

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Tugboat Viking barged these parts to Waalhaven  on July 2.

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0aaaa2boeg BALTIC ACE-0834

Can you recognize the make of car?


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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.

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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.”

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0aaaa5boeg BALTIC ACE, Waalhaven-0961

This photo is flipped. . .

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0aaaa7boeg BALTIC ACE, Waalhaven, foto vanaf de Pannerdenstraat-00980

. . . as is this one.

0aaaa8boeg BALTIC ACE, Waalhaven, foto vanaf de Pannerdenstraat-00980


Thanks to Jan and Fred for these photos, which I find very moving.

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