Local Heart, Global Soul

September 9, 2019

Ship Watching…

Filed under: PHOTOGRAPHY,ROTTERDAM,Rotterdam Harbour/Port,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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There are many ships going in and out of Rotterdam harbour. Whilst on a tour of fire stations in the Maasvlakte area of of the port we find not just some of the many fire stations that Little Mr is keen on seeing but also many other sights too. By a stroke of good luck we were just in time to see the Stena Line channel ferry leave Rotterdam for Harwich in England. It’s an impressive ship and it made a good pace so wasn’t around for long. We even saw the Pilot disembark and take the Pilot boat back into port after the ferry cleared the harbour entrance. Other large ships entered the harbour, some were being guided in my tugs, other tugs were returning after having assisted them through the channels and out into the open water of the channel. “Ship watching” turns out to be a rather relaxing pass-time, just a shame that we can’t sit and watch all day.

The Maasvlakte is the large area that the end of “peninsular” of the harbour and makes up about 64 square kilometres of land reclaimed from the sea…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Rotterdam Harbour is massive, stretching up the Maas river and with many havens in inlets… here’s and idea of the scale…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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