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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.

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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.

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After more than two years underwater, this is how things appear.

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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?

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

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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.

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K. R. V. E. 61 is a highly visible crew tender.

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Here’s another view of Hermod.

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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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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.

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Check the Fairmount link above for the particulars on Alpine and

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Sherpa.

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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.

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And finally . . . above and below, it’s Norman Flipper, 2003 and Norway built.

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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.   

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

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

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

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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 . . .

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Wylde Swan, former steam ship

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

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Alida, 

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

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

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Here’s Oceaan II  . . . between jobs.

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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.

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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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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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This photo is flipped. . .

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. . . as is this one.

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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”

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Fairplay 27 shifting MSC Regulus

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Margrethe Maersk, here tailed by SD Shark, at 1309′ x 196′   . . .

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a Maersk Triple E class container vessel, capacity of 18,000 teu’s, and

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in service about three months now.

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CSCL Atlantic Ocean, 19,100 teu capacity, 1312′ x 190,’ and on her maiden voyage from Asia.

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And finally, Berge Stahl, nearly 30 years afloat, 364, 767 tones DWT.  Her dimensions are only 1122′ loa and 206′ beam.

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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.

Click here for the index to this series.  The elusive Bowsprite’s work is not elusive here.

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MV Alice Austen‘s namesake was a pioneer photographer from Staten Island. The other ferry of the Austen class was named for another famous Staten Island artist here.

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Rich Taylor, who has sent along other photos including this one, which I suspect MAY have been converted into a dredge scow, took this from near Yank Marine recently.  It’s the future NYWaterWay’s Molly Pitcher.  See more here.

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Ashley Hutto took this photo recently of the grand dame taking on fuel and lube.

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In Montreal, with Habitat as backdrop, it’s Cavalier Maxim doing a Montreal-from-the-water tour.

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From Jan Oosterboer via Fred Trooster, here are the Stena Britannica and

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Stena Hollandica, which shuttle between Hoek van Holland and Harwich.

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Also, from our Dutch friends, here’s a photo of semisubmersible floating platform vessel Hermod, which has accommodations for 336 people.  So . . .

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these orange pods could be called “people removers,” essential and in need of regular drills.

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Here’s a people mover–LARC XV-75– that for a time belonged to the Harbormaster of Bridgeport.

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And finally for today, if a “people mover” is defined as a vessel that moves terrestrials through the water, then I guess this is a “mermaid mover,” moving less land-mobile water folk over the pavement.

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Thanks to Rich, Ashley, Jan, and Fred for sending along these photos.  If you send me a photo and I don’t use it right away, please be patient.  Photos not otherwise attributed are by Will Van Dorp.

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