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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Norwegian carcarrier hit bridge in Antwerpen on: July 11, 2008, 01:34:35 pm
A probable reason is:
The ships heading was not that of the "lock-direction".
Standing all foreward(= BEFORE the "turning-axis" of the vessel) is very hard to see that there is an angle between shipsheading and lock-direction.The result is the the bow/bridgewings are slightly over the quai and hitting the bridge.Same trouble in Terneuzen lock. It takes too long to explain my own experiences as a riverpilot with these vessels. Also blowing away like balloons...Those things can happen...misfortune...(happens in men's life!)
regards
Geert(Zappa)
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: L. Polderman has a new site on: January 21, 2008, 01:36:58 pm
Beautiful site of this Heroe of the River Scheldt.
In memory of LEEN!!!
Geert van Kesteren(Zappa)
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: What happened here? on: June 13, 2007, 02:37:39 pm
Ask Cees de Bijl (Cees=username);
he surely will know!!!
best regards
Geert(Zappa)
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Grande Argentina in trouble on: April 11, 2007, 09:50:12 am
Sorry Frederik,
In the meantime I've got an email from Marie-Anne(Lampje) on the (sad) matter...
best regards
Geert(Zappa)
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Grande Argentina in trouble on: April 10, 2007, 04:56:46 pm
NICE TO SEE YOU BACK AGAIN GERDA AND FREDEIK!!!!!!!!!
HOPE YOU KEEP IT THAT WAY...
VERY KLAIND REGARDS
GEERT(HENNY)(ZAPPA)
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Grande Argentina in trouble on: April 10, 2007, 04:54:38 pm
Sorry, she was afloat again by assistance of EIGHT tugs; this vessel type is known for very bad steering habbits since they came into service; groundings collisions a.s.o.
Pilot's experiences...
Geert(Zappa)
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Article "CRACKED WARRIOR" on website Tims Times on: March 18, 2007, 12:31:59 pm
Dear ALL,

I want to draw your attentention on the above mentioned article by the hand of Tim Ruttledge of Sweden on his Weblog " Tims Times" with URL  www.ruttledge.se
It concerns the (SCRAP!!)vessel(!!) WARRIOR.
You'll find it under Archives March...
I personally can't believe and understand that Port Authorities in the whole world don't put an embargo on the vessel and prohibit her leaving port/sailing anyway!!!
When unfortunately "something happens" they can point to each other and wave away all responsibility!!!
(like most civil servants do!!)
GEERT VAN KESTEREN (ZAPPA)
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: German navy vessel in serious trouble. Spectacular shots! on: February 25, 2007, 03:42:50 pm
VERY NICE PICS MICHAEL(SHIT CAN HAPPEN!!!; THT'S WHAT JETPILOTS SAY...)

REGARDS
GEERT(ZAPPA)
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: German navy vessel in serious trouble. Spectacular shots! on: February 24, 2007, 03:53:22 pm
Today I received a personal E-mail from mr.Björn Röhlich;
I understand he wasn't so glad with the Comments placed!!!???
I replied and explained my vision...
He was an Officer on board the vessel; but not at this trip...
We must respect the crew!!
I did!!!...

kind regards
Geert(Zappa)
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: German navy vessel in serious trouble Spectacular shots! on: February 22, 2007, 05:38:00 pm
TOO MANY "HAUPTMÄNNER" ON THE NAVIGATION BRIDGE!!!
(OUT OF OWN EXPERIENCE)

GEERT(ZAPPA)
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Pilot missing after falling overboard in Delaware Bay, U.S. on: February 07, 2007, 03:05:01 pm
As a retired RiverScheldt Pilot in Holland I bring my sincere condolances to Family and also to Chesapeake Pilots Association.
In my 31 year carreer I ,luckely, met "only" five of these cases.
Often these things still happen as a result of bad pilotladders = material; non-seamanship of crewmembers and not working according to IMPA and (EMPA)-regulations.

Sad Story!!!
(Unless the above story;piloting ships is/and stays a wonderfull and very responsable job!!)

Geert(Zappa)
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: "Emma Mærsk" - Odense Lindø yard No. 203 (World's largest containership) - Pictures / dimensions on: August 22, 2006, 05:26:19 pm
Hello Mats,

Thanks for all the nice info on "Emma Maersk"; all the data and particulars!!!
Very interesting. It would be very nice(but almost impossible...) for a lot of members(maybe yourself?)to be one time on board such a vessel.
They would be impressed by the dimensions; and we- pilots- are thankfull to "work" with these- marvelously fitted - ships.
In my carreer I always liked the scandinavian vessels!!!

thanks again

Geert(Zappa)
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Mega Vsl Gunvor Maersk crashes into felixstowe crane on: March 20, 2006, 06:15:57 pm
When there is a "Black-Out" of All Power : YOU CAN'T TRAIN NOTHING ON WHATEVER SIMULATOR!!!

GEERT(ZAPPA)

30 YEARS MANOEVRING AS RIVERPILOT ON SCHELDT RIVER ANTWERP
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Collision in Belgium between Alexandros and Nina I on: December 13, 2005, 12:08:29 pm
THANKS MARIE-ANNE;

GOOD TRANSLATION!!!(YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN...)

KIND REGARDS

GEERT VAN KESTEREN(ZAPPA)
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Dramatic pictures of Maersk Holyhead / Pequot collision on: November 17, 2005, 03:59:23 pm
Hello Mats; I went to see the pictures and comments.
Strange manoevres!!. Why did Maersk come to Port at first?; that's the question.We already learn on Nautical College that this move isn't preferrable...
Although before making a point : we first have to know ALL data...
Interesting though; certainly after having experienced two collisions in my pilot-career on RiverScheldt.

regards Geert(Zappa)
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