CMA CGM BENJAMIN FRANKLIN – A touch of Fog

With technology and sensors located all around Port of Rotterdam, we can still be surprised by deteriorating weather conditions. In this case the visibility deteriorated on departure of the 400 m long ULCS CMA CGM BENJAMIN FRANKLIN. It was decided to carry on, in close communication with other pilots, VTS and an excellent bridge team.

A summer night shift

Tropical temperatures are finally here and that turns sailing into cruising in Port of Rotterdam. Shifting the feeder CALISTO at 9 pm, just before sunset provides the right summernight mood.

pic: Herman Broers
pic: Herman Broers
pic: Herman Broers

Bye bye MS ROTTERDAM

Today at sunrise, MS ROTTERDAM entered Port of Rotterdam for the last time. She has been sold to Fred Olsen and will be renamed. This ships was the sixth Holland America Lines ship to have the name ROTTERDAM.

pic: Capt Hans Hoffmann
pic: Capt Hans Hoffmann

Incoming Cobelfret Ferry to Brittaniëhaven

A good end of a night shift is an inbound Cobelfret car ferry to the Brittaniëhaven , Cobelfret Terminal. In this case the PALATINE arrived at Maascenter pilot station just before 06:00 . Just before arrival at her berth she passed the Calandbridge, which is a vital traffic link in the A15 highway to the Europoort area.

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