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Zee Bart periodically sends me photos from the North Sea and adjoining ports.  A few months back he sent these, and I’ve filed them until now.  These photos illustrate what can be done with old work boats.  

Here’s what Zee Bart writes:  “The old tug here is Grada, a 1927 tug with a Stork engine.  Dutch pilots are using Grada to train not only for propulsion but also as supplement to the vessel’s movement/thrust capacity.   Tender 1 is a 1954-build stand-by safety vessel.  I took these photos in Amsterdam in the Westhaven, opposite of the Suezhaven.”



Here’s more info on Grada.  If you don’t read Dutch, paste the text into a translation site and get the particulars there.    Here’s more info on Tender 1. 

Many thanks to Zee Bart for these photos and explanation.  I hope you find it as interesting as I do to see how things are done elsewhere.   He has a blog called I’ve mentioned before . . .  a wholly subjective, unscientific look at some unusual vessels.

Repurposing vessels is certainly not unique to this example.  For previous tugster posts about second lives, click here. 



Zee Bart sent some more photos from his vessel taken in December and January.

Orion 4 is a waterboat.  Here’s a translation of the function from the vessel website:  “The [business] Waterboat IJmuiden [pronounced eye MY den]  was founded by Mr. Jan Overvliet and his wife Tante Dien, captain and captain of the steam tugboat s.s. Orion in 1948. With the various steam tugs in the Netherlands, the tugs were regularly supplied with drinking water, which was loaded as ballast into the aft peak. Various potable water boats have emerged from these tugboat companies.”  This vessel, no longer steam powered,  was built in 1942 in Alphen a/d Rijn, NL.  She’s at the dock in Ijmuiden NL

The 2008 233′ x 52′ Vos Base is an anchor-handling supply vessel of a sort that might become more common in the sixth boro–less exotic–as the offshore windfarm industry evolves. Currently she’s at work at a North Sea wind farm.

The 2003 Belgian-flagged Manta has the same function and is slightly larger, 246′ 59′.  She’s currently on the North Sea.


Dutch ports have no shortage of these vessels.  This is the 2013 Kolga, 236′ x 62′. 

Diminished in size by the larger Kolga, the 1998 Fairplay 23 is a Polish-flagged assist tug slightly larger than those in the sixth boro, at 115′ x 36′. 


Isaac Newton, a 2015 build, is classified as an offshore supply ship, with dimensions of 453′ x 105′.  At the moment, Newton is in the South China Sea heading for Donghae ROK. 

Many thanks to Zee Bart for use of these photos.

Many thanks to Zee Bart for sending along these photos he took in Ijmuiden, the port where the locks are at the west end of the North Sea Canal, the waterway linking Amsterdam with the North Sea.  Check out the dredge.


This dredge started life as a container ship, Gerd!  After 78 days in drydock and 22,000 hours of skilled work, the container ship became a dredge.  See more detail here. Yed Prior is a star in the constellation of Ophiuchus.

Rollingstone is another conversion story, also spotted near Ijmuiden.

You can probably see what her earlier incarnation was when she worked for Dockwise . . . now Boskalis.

Of course, she was a semi-submersible heavy lift ship.  She was called Super Servant 1, and now she’s a pipe burying vessel. 

Thanks to Zee Bart for sending these along.  More Zee Bart (aka Sea Bart) here.

I have done “second lives” posts about transformations like these.

Credit for all here goes to Sea Bart aka Zee Bart, which means the same thing.  He writes:  “When we moored in the Lekhaven in Rotterdam in August 2021 I saw a seemingly abandoned tugboat moored called Dynami, had some list, no lights on,  etc. etc.    During the following weeks we noticed more and more attention for this tug from the Rotterdam Port Authorities (RPA) that were regularly visiting.

One day they actually pulled a chain around the wheel house, not only to prevent people going in but also to detain the vessel.  Every day one or more of the RPA patrol boats would check up on Dynami.  End of last week suddenly there was a bilge boat alongside and they spent a full day sucking stuff (old fuel, bilges, sludge) out of the vessel.    Later, one of the vessels from HEBO Maritime Services arrived to to nail boards over all the doors and close off the funnels with big bags.

And then last Wednesday another tug showed up and  Dynami was pushed away to probably a safer, more secure berth awaiting her faith. I guess to be sold via auction in the near future and then off to the scrapyard.

“Dynami, from what I can find, was built in Spain in 1976 as Sertosa Diecisette, then in 1977 became Sertosa Dieciocho, and based in Cadiz.  In 2016, she was sold to Iceland as the Togarinn, where she worked until 2020.  She was then towed from Rekyavik with the destination of Belgium to be scrapped, renamed Dynami and flying the flag of Seychelles.  For whatever reason, she never made it to the scrapyard;  instead she arrived in Bolnes port near Rotterdam. In August 2021 Panamanian interests  purchased her and a crew began a voyage to Colon PA. She never made it there either, because the next day she was back in Rotterdam, with oil leaking and her latest crew disappeared.   She  has since been laying in  Lekhaven.


The little pusher tug called Gepke III is interesting as well, build in 1957 and still going strong….although it had some changes over the years: multiple times new bridge and accommodation, I guess it has been re-powered a few times in that time frame as well.
More info & pics here.”

Note the yellow RPA vessel off the starboard side of Dynami.

Many thanks to Sea Bart, one of the flying Dutchmen I have the pleasure of knowing.


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