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September 12, 2019

Dredging To Keep The Harbour “Machine” Running…

The exact number of ships in Rotterdam harbour at any one time would of course be tracked by the Port authorities but for the lay person it’s impossible due to the sprawling network of harbours and docks that connect to the river. I do know that the harbour docks are organised by type so for instance all raw materials will be in specialist places, container ships in anothers etc. Some ships you see a multitude of, the Swedish company “Maersk” or instance is prolific. Since the entire area is tidal and it’s necessary to keep the harbours and shipping lanes free of sand and silt that builds up in the harbours, derdgers are constantly busy. Named by Himself and Little Mr as “the ugliest ship they have ever seen” (which I think is a little harsh for a hard working ship just going about it’s business) It’s due to the dredgers that the harbour “machine” keeps functioning after all. The dergder I zoomed in on is a large black ship that seems to be sitting low in the water and busy with a large white boom out of the back. I couldn’t work out if the boom brings sand on board the ship to be emptied later or if that is the exit area for sand to be pumped out onto waiting barges along side.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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