Sunday 16th June 2019 (09:00 departure) - Rotterdam and Europoort Cruise on Partyschip Diane.
Some 40 members gathered at Vlaardingen in fine weather for the usual 9 am departure.
Once again, this year’s 11-hour Partyschip Diane trip around Rotterdam and Europoort/Maasvlakte started with a trip along the Hartel Canal, due to high winds along the Nieuwe Waterweg.
While waiting to sail, there were a few movements, including the Navig8 Andesine seen outward bound.
Once through the Hartel Canal to keep the barge enthusiasts happy, we entered the Beer Kanal where the feeder Conmar Bay was at a layby berth. The Mississippihaven revealed the large bulkers Captain Vangelis L and Lacon, as well as Carisbrooke’s Kristin C.
Unfortunately, we were not allowed to enter the Amazonehaven as the MOL Empire was departing and the MOL Tribute was arriving. The eagle eyed spotted Evergreen’s new containership Ever Golden and a ‘K’ line containership berthed.
Idling off the Europahaven was the Munich Maersk, which was outbound from Maasvlake 2. She was being held until the MOL vessels had cleared.
In the 8th Petroleumhaven, the Tsakos Suezmax Alaska could be seen. The Euromax terminal contained the Talos and the usual collection of feeders. On the way to Maasvlakte 2 we saw the shuttle tanker Jag Leela on the buoys awaiting orders and the relatively new Ice Class Maersk containership, Vilnia Maersk, which was was moving off the buoys to berth at Euromax.
The only vessel of note at Maasvlakte 2 was the Maribo Maersk, which set off a chain of jokes about sweets.
Retracing our steps into the Europahaven, we saw the MSC Vidisha R, ER Tokyo, MSC Alessia and Maersk Enping lying alongside, while at the petrochemical complex the Handysize Omodos and RHL Dresden were berthed.
Onto the Caland Canal where the large bulk berths contained the Leo Facility, JSW Salem and Golden Endeavour on EECV and the bulker Anglo Barinthus on the grain terminal outer berth.
Moving up the Caland Canal, we saw the Oinoussian Star and Pacific Jewels. Other tankers seen included the VLCC Farhah, Bow Star, Troy, ex Cape Troy, Affinity V, Baltic Sky 1, Seamusic, STI Hammersmith and Navigator Leo, plus several smaller chemical and products tankers.
The Brittaniehaven yielded the usual number of Cobelfrets but as the lock was ready we did not stop and returned via the Hartel Canal to view Botlek. In the drydocks were the Happy Buccaneer and the Songa Fortune with the tankers Southern Quokka, which had everyone on Google to find out what a ‘Quokka’ was - a little Australian furry animal - Greta Maersk, Stolt Inspiration, and some smaller ones at the various petrochemical complexes.
In the St Laurenshaven were the bulkers Mandarin Singapore, Sofia and Solitaire 1.
In the upper petroleum harbours and alongside the Vlaardingen complex were the tankers Champion Trader, Genuine Venus, Elandra Baltic and Agisilaos, plus smaller tankers.
In the Eemshaven was the usual collection of feeders, plus the MACS multi-purpose vessel Bright Horizon and the laid up Russian vessel Inzhener Trubin.
The Waalhaven proved to be busy with the tankers Gold Point, Stena Primorsk, Navig8 Aragonite, Selenka and Atlantic Guard lying at various berths and buoys. A bonus was the Sri Lankan flag containership Mercs Jaffna, plus the CMA CGM Marseille, CMB Adrien, Talia H, Captain Tassos D, and several tugs and offshore units. The nearby Franklin Offshore base also yielded a couple of larger offshore units.
Crossing the river, we noted the Orange Wave at her usual berth and in the Lekhaven were the tugs MTS Viscount and the Greek Christos XXII.
The Laxfoss passed us inward bound before we headed into the Wiltonhaven to see CMV’s cruise ship Columbus languishing in drydock having suffered rudder damage at the end of May. Two new dredgers were also seen as was the self discharger Stornes undergoing repairs.
So ended another successful day around the Rotterdam harbour complex and our thanks must go the TSS committee, Tony van Bussel, Hans and his crew for looking after us so well again putting on another excellent selection of food.
A provisional booking has been made for Sunday, 21st June, 2020, taking in the same format - weather willing.