On 11 October 2006, the “Sidi Brahim”, named after an old Mosque in the port of Annaba in Algeria, lay ready and waiting.
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At 11 o·clock on board at Hardinxveld with complete crew: Captain Michael, engineer Aart and sailor Herman. TOS has taken good care of us by bringing much store on board. We shall not die of starvation or thirst. After instructions from Arwin and Meindert we set off at 3:45 PM. We shall pass the following countries on this journey: Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Rumania, Bulgaria and Ukraine. In total we shall sail 3368 km until the final destination.
The first day started with a meeting at the office. We were introduced to Frank and then received instruction on board. Including a practice run for me and Naji Algrmade, the Libyan captain. In the afternoon we started preparing the ship for sea and removed the car tyres around it. We slept on board that night: freezing cold! The ship has an excellent air-conditioning system but a heater was nowhere to be found.
The Daniella forms parts of the fleet owned by the heavy transport shipping company Kahn Scheepvaart from Rotterdam. Bert Barlagen spent 4 months aboard as third mate and wrote the following account of his trip.
The Pelikaan, the first Dutch naval vessel to have been fully built abroad (Romania), travelled to the Netherlands under its own power in 13 days. By the way, I personally believe that a Dutch naval ship should be built in our own country.
The Lodycke served as a survey vessel in the waterways of Zeeland, is 23 metres long and not built for the open sea. Our crew was commissioned to take the Lodycke from Stellendam to Lagos in Nigeria!! In other words, a true TOS job. In Lagos, the Lodycke would have a new life as a relief boat for dredging activities.
8 September 2007, the telephone rings. TOS on the phone asking whether a boat (a multicat of 26 metres, called Blue Latitudes) could be taken from Alicante to Lagos. Would take three weeks, maximum four weeks. I agreed and on 24 September we flew to Alicante. First with a transfer in Madrid. On the aeroplane I met the other crew members except for the engineer, because he would already be there and would arrive via a different route. It was a good time to fly; not leaving from Amsterdam until 16:00 hours. At almost 21:00 hours we were on board where we indeed found the engineer, a Pole, hence the other route.
Officially named: Damen Fast Crew Supplier 5009 Seating for 80 persons Deck cargo 250 tonnes Cruising speed 25 knots. Depending on the loading. The power required for this was 4,472 kW = 6,000 bhp. This was provided by 4x Caterpillar 3512B on four screws.
On June 6th and 7th, 2012 more than eight thousand cyclists will climb the Alpe dHuez during the seventh edition of the Alpe dHuZes sports fundraising