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Traddles

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« Reply #1375 on: August 28, 2015, 17:18:03 »

The "Specialist" was built in 1943 in Baltimore,Maryland by Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard Inc., with a triple expansion steam engine by General Machinery Corporation of Hamilton, Ohio, as the "Samwis". Many of these Liberty ships were named   "Sam------"  after Uncle Sam who still represents the USA. Because of this the ships were affectionately known as Samboats. The Company I worked for had ten of these Samboats when I first went to sea in 1951.

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michael_taal

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« Reply #1376 on: September 23, 2015, 22:33:20 »

Last sunday the SCH-24 Afrika got back from a very good fishing trip

Oceaan II


Oceaan








port tender Maartje
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michael_taal

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« Reply #1377 on: September 23, 2015, 22:41:52 »

Today around 0930 (dutch time) the Dutch coastguard got a message from the SCH-3 Renzo that she got a fishing net in her propellor and was drifting to the coast fast, a few moments later the Renzo beached on the beach of Scheveninge when the KNRM arrived it got clear that the Renzo had hit the breakwater and had a hole in her hull, because of this the Renzo had a lot of water in her hull.
The first attempts to tow the Renzo back into the sea failed and the decision  was made to savage her on a another way, at around 1930 hour the Renzo was lifted by a big crane and was placed on a trailer.

Nobody was injured.





the Renzo and the breakwater that caused the leak in the hull.





The net that got struck in the propellor


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Traddles

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« Reply #1378 on: November 04, 2015, 23:55:19 »

On Monday, 2nd November this monster appeared on the River Mersey. She is the "Zhen Hua 23" and has brought the five very large container cranes from China for the new deep water container berths at Liverpool 2. Peel Ports hope to have the new berths up and running by January, 2016. There are twelve more of these monster cranes to come and be landed and installed as yet. As a retired deck officer I cannot help wondering how the GM (Metacentric height) is measured on such a ship, and even how it is possible to maintain stability in a seaway with such a load on deck. :-\ I know these ships are specially built to carry cranes like this but it must pay for them to transport from China to the UK like this. :o

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clanky

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« Reply #1379 on: November 05, 2015, 14:30:22 »

On Monday, 2nd November this monster appeared on the River Mersey. She is the "Zhen Hua 23" and has brought the five very large container cranes from China for the new deep water container berths at Liverpool 2. Peel Ports hope to have the new berths up and running by January, 2016. There are twelve more of these monster cranes to come and be landed and installed as yet. As a retired deck officer I cannot help wondering how the GM (Metacentric height) is measured on such a ship, and even how it is possible to maintain stability in a seaway with such a load on deck. :-\ I know these ships are specially built to carry cranes like this but it must pay for them to transport from China to the UK like this. :o

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Some serious lashings and a whole lot of ballast.
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Traddles

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« Reply #1380 on: November 07, 2015, 20:39:28 »

I would be interested to know just how these huge cranes are loaded & unloaded. With the large tidal range here on the Mersey the procedure must be limited to certain states of the tide I think. My own theory is that there must be some kind of portable rails fitted between ship and shore and the crane then hauled on or off the deck that way. Anyone know just how it IS done? ???
Clanky, a whole lot of ballast and then some I think. :o :doh:

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saltydog

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« Reply #1381 on: November 08, 2015, 00:07:22 »

Hi Angus, I was curious about that too, and found this interesting video of a large crane loaded off the Zhen Hua 13..
It seems you are right in thinking that a rail system is used..  :)

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLsibfF_5GA
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Traddles

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« Reply #1382 on: November 08, 2015, 00:22:13 »

Hi Salty,
Thank you very much for that link. It seems that, as you say, my guess was quite correct about a system of portable rails. Once off the ship, the actual running gear is fitted at right angles to the ones used for unloading, and the wheeled sections removed together with the massive mountings the crane was standing on. Wow, what a massive amount of work. The "Zhen Hua 23" has been here now since Monday and looking from the opposite side of the river it looks as if the first crane is now off the ship.
Many thanks again, I was trying to find something like that video but had failed dismally. :doh:

Kind regards,
Angus.

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saltydog

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« Reply #1383 on: November 24, 2015, 12:37:29 »

I just found this new site, with 15 aerial panoramic pictures of the port of Rotterdam..
 Possible to turn 360° and zoom in/out.. :)

https://www.portofrotterdam.com/sites/default/files/upload/360panorama/
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Traddles

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« Reply #1384 on: November 25, 2015, 18:00:07 »

Hi Salty, Thanks for posting that link. I had been a little confused as to where the extension to Europoort was. Know I can see that is on reclaimed land to seaward of what is shown in the Ship Simulator games. We, in Liverpool are also building  two deepwater Container berths which will be able to handle the biggest container ships afloat. The berths are being built on reclaimed land and are called "Liverpool 2". Recently  five huge cranes arrived on "Zhen Hua 23" and are now all landed on the quay, but the ship is still here. I suppose there is a lot of work to do to clear her decks before going to sea.

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saltydog

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« Reply #1385 on: November 25, 2015, 18:29:56 »

Glad you like it Angus. :)   As you can see the Pioneering Spirit (formerly the Pieter Schelte) is currently worked on in the Alexiahaven..
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michael_taal

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« Reply #1386 on: December 30, 2015, 21:21:16 »

IJmuiden 30-12-'15


Saturnus


Lelie C

Bever

Arion

Sirius

SCH-3 Renzo still under repair after it ran aground in September at Scheveningen


Prins Bernhard



Jan Maria


Helen Mary



Iskes tugs their newest vessel, The Venus

cornelis Vrolijk Fzn



Frank bonefaas


Carolien

Atlantic Rotterdam

Annelies ilena (one of the biggest trawler on earth)


The Annie Hillina looks like a dwarf in comparison with the KW-174 Annelies Ilena
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Dannypenguin

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« Reply #1387 on: December 30, 2015, 22:31:34 »

Great pics as always Michael  :thumbs: interesting about the cranes too guys!
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michael_taal

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« Reply #1388 on: January 10, 2016, 18:05:25 »

thankyou.

Yesterday we had a very nice trip with the tugs, around 0600 hour we departed from Scheveningen to Stellendam where we arrived around 0900.
Around 1030 we towed the Sandettie out of Stellendam and the journey home to Scheveningen had begun, we finally got back in Scheveningen at 1800.


The Oceaan II in the locks of Stellendam



Marianne-G laid up



Wiron 2 also laid up for almost 2 years now


The Galibier has a whole new color from orange to blue


2 newbuild tugs the Luisa Neri (R) en de Multratug 31 (L)










getting our lunch from the Oceaan II


and there she goes, full speed to sea


underway back home


The old and new Botlekbrug



Caroline Essberger




Corona Seaways



Stena Transit


Stena Britannica
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Traddles

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« Reply #1389 on: January 11, 2016, 00:07:52 »

Hi Michael,
Interesting to see "Caroline Essberger" in your pictures. She was here in Birkenhead only a few days ago. When I saw her she was moored in the Alfred Basin at the entrance to Birkenhead docks.
I always enjoy seeing your pictures, most interesting.

Kind regards,
Angus.
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michael_taal

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« Reply #1390 on: January 13, 2016, 22:37:03 »

Hi Michael,
Interesting to see "Caroline Essberger" in your pictures. She was here in Birkenhead only a few days ago. When I saw her she was moored in the Alfred Basin at the entrance to Birkenhead docks.
I always enjoy seeing your pictures, most interesting.

Kind regards,
Angus.

thankyou
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michael_taal

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« Reply #1391 on: March 05, 2016, 21:06:03 »

today the FC-716900 Prins Bernhard (Fecamp) arrived at Scheveningen and it finally nice weather to fly with my drone so.....






The Estrella arrived 30 min later after a day of anchor fishing.

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michael_taal

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« Reply #1392 on: March 14, 2016, 22:19:36 »

The Estrella outgoing, to remember someone who had his funeral at sea a time ago.

https://youtu.be/wad4yq6NqLI

note: this video is only available on the computer due to copyrights on the music
note 2: this video has been made with permission of the family, the company Aqua omega
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michael_taal

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« Reply #1393 on: March 29, 2016, 19:42:28 »

spotted these 2 giants yesterday at the Europoort the BW Utah and Heerema's Balder





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« Reply #1394 on: April 17, 2016, 20:07:55 »

last friday the brandnew Ovation of the Seas arrived in Rotterdam, she is quite nice and ....... big



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« Reply #1395 on: April 18, 2016, 10:35:18 »

Just the name on the Bow is huge, let alone the rest of it! ;)

Nice pictures...
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« Reply #1396 on: April 18, 2016, 17:41:50 »

Here is the new HAL cruiseship MS Koningsdam. (trials in the Med)
 Next month queen Maxima will christen her in Rotterdam.. :)
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« Reply #1397 on: April 18, 2016, 18:55:26 »

Here is the new HAL cruiseship MS Koningsdam. (trials in the Med)
 Next month queen Maxima will christen her in Rotterdam.. :)
Yes finally, tomorrow the brandnew Aida prima will Arrive in Rotterdam af 1200 hour, she will depart again at 0000 hour
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The Ferry Man

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« Reply #1398 on: April 22, 2016, 15:34:49 »

Familiar... Yet foreign!



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« Reply #1399 on: April 22, 2016, 16:54:00 »

Someones in New York I take it.... Ferry Man, do you know how many of them operate?
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