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September 8, 2019

How Many Pilots Does It Take To Change A Lightbulb?

Filed under: PHOTOGRAPHY,ROTTERDAM,Rotterdam Harbour/Port,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Following yesterdays post, the tour of Rotterdam Harbour that Little Mr mapped out so that he could visit as many Fire Stations as possible, took us to the Rotterdam side of Hoek van Holland. Since we were very close to the main shipping lane in and out of the port, we followed the road down so that we could check out the last section of public road on this side of the harbour. As we took in the sights we observed that there were heli pads on each of the beacons at the entrance of the port. We brainstormed that maybe these would be used as search and rescue points in case of ships in distress, but that didn’t make sense when you saw how difficult accessability was from the shore.

We later found out that the answer was far more simple: It’s that the red and green Port and Starboard navigation lights on these towers are so important in this mega busy twenty-four hour shipping lane, that it is imperative that they should never fail. To that end the heli pads are so that if any of these lights does goes out, a helicopter can go to the affected tower directly to take someone to repair the light. This means that I am really not kidding when I say: “How many pilots does it take to change a light bulb?”

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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