In 1992 Kees Wagenaar (Managing Director at TOS), together with Joop Keesmaat, started the company Transport & Offshore Services.
Archives for June 2012
From: Spain – Valencia
To: Belgium – Antwerp
Date: 19-06-12 till 01-07-12
The tunnel project in Korea is huge: it is the largest in South Korea’s history. The tunnel will provide a link between the mainland and the Geoje Islands. The motorway will be 8 km and the tunnel itself will be 3 km. It currently takes three hours to reach Busan, but, in 2010, once the project is complete, the same journey will take only 40 minutes. The main contractor is Deawoo. I work for Strukton/Mergor. It is a fun project that I feel good about.
Another ship delivery journey: this time to transport two STU 2208 tug boats (the two Arabians) from Gorinchem to Abu Dhabi via the Suez Canal.
In June this newest multicat from the Waterweg Fleet left for Sweden. It is going really well here, after working out the bugs. The work concerns the installation of 49 concrete elements which are manufactured in Poland. It concerns a wind farm. Many more will follow. We work closely together with a Norwegian team, Eide from Hagesund.
This is the story of the trip with the “Endeavour”. This is a ship to be used for dredging work. This ship can be filled with sand and stones from the waterbed (this is done in combination with another dredging vessel), that are loaded into its open hold. The vessel then sails to the required location where the entire hull can be split open, thereby allowing the sand or stone to be dumped back into the sea. This is why this type of vessel is also known as a split hopper barge.
Under wide media coverage, TOS sailed the Australian ferry Island Seaway from Adelaide to Malta in 1995. The voyage took over two months and was concluded without major complications. In the Maltese harbour of Valletta, the Island Seaway met with another TOS ship delivery, the Damen Stan Tug “Midi”, which was being sailed by a TOS crew from Rotterdam to Jemen at that time.
After a leave of seven days on our way again to the next job for TOS. This time taking the Thalys via Paris to La Rochelle to do anchor handling with the Gouwestroom and to sail personnel for Scaldis. All these in order to salvage wrecks near the island Ile de Re on the French coast. Unfortunately, the weather is not very co-operative in October and during the first five days we mainly carry out maintenance work on ship and crane pontoon in the port of La Pallice. In the evening of day 5, we shift the pontoon to the south side, as wind force nine has been forecast. So tomorrow we shall stay in as well.
Another trip for Damen Shipyards Gorinchem. This time we were sailing with a Stan Patrol 4207. This was something different from the usual tugboats, and therefore a nice change. On Monday the 11th of August I boarded the ship in Gorinchem, where I was introduced to the transfer crew and the future Albanian crew who would be sailing with us in order to gain the necessary experience of the ship.
Last summer we worked with four chaps from TOS on the Red Bull Air Races. We as TOS employees went along to London and to Porto.