To Rotterdam & no further….

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And that’s where I left the TSHD “Severnaya Dvina”, not because we broke it but because it was planned this way…
But let’s start from the beginning:
About halfway of April we left Da Nang in Vietnam on the brandnew Damen designed & build TSHD 2000 “Severnaya Dvina”, we called in Singapore for bunkers and some minor repairs, we picked up a security team in Gale, Sri Lanka, we passed the Suez Canal without much trouble and finally arrived in Rotterdam at the end of May. The trip lasted 46 days of which 45 were ranging from beautiful to gorgeous, like this:

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and only the last day was terrible weather: a combination of 24 hours of 45 knots wind, building seas & dense (as in: I can’t see the bow) fog, welcome to the North Sea!

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And in Rotterdam a week of hectic, controlled chaos ensued on the shipyard: fixing all the little nigly bits that popped up during the trip, some stuff that still needed to be done, drydocking  and painting the vessel so it looked tiptop for the client who was anxious to receive the vessel and get it working.

But due to a bit of delay in Vietnam & during the trip I, unfortunately, was no longer able to stay on board as I had earlier made commitments. So a colleague of mine took over command and will bring the vessel to Archangelsk.
So, to quote my wife: “you bring her all the way from Vietnam just to leave her high & dry, typical!¬† ;-D”

Anyway; I had a good trip, now some time for myself, family & friends, a course here & there and then we’ll see what the next trip will be.


A trip on the Severnaya Dvina to the Severnaya Dvina (eventually)

Picture by Cor van der Leer via

For the coming weeks I’ll be working as master on the brandnew Damen TSHD2000 “Severnaya Dvina” to deliver the vessel from Da Nang in Vietnam to Europe, initially to Rotterdam in the Netherlands and later maybe even further to Archangelsk in Russia. (Severnaya Dvina is a river in Northern Russia, this river ends in Archangelsk, the future working area of the vessel.)
It’s going to be an interesting trip, via Singapore, Suez-canal & Gibraltar Strait (and all connecting waters of course) to the North Sea, gonna take about 8 weeks. Our progress can be followed through the services of but I’m not sure if it will work while we are passing the high risk piracy area’s, the AIS transmitter might be switched off then (no worries, we’ll get protected by a highly professional security team o/b).

When we are underway I’ll have very limited access to the internet, especially while in Asia. Once we are in Europe I might pick up a bit more GSM-networks. So if you want to contact me: please send an email and be patient, I promise I’ll come back to you at some point. Normal service should resume by the end of may.