A TOS ship delivery crew left The Netherlands just before the holiday season last year. The voyage began at Kinderdijk with final destination Durban, South Africa.
Rolf Kievits, Sales Manager Ship Delivery: ‘TOS had been awarded a ship delivery contract for the TSHD ILEMBE of IHC. IHC is a very specialized and world-renowned shipbuilder. It was nice to work with them again after our previous project with ISANDLWANA. IHC was very happy with the voyage and the condition of the vessel upon arrival. Also, the IHC’s representative on board complimented TOS for the pleasant atmosphere on board during the voyage. There was some stormy weather on the first part of the voyage, but southwards of Las Palmas it was smooth sailing. The vessel arrived in Durban in excellent shape since the crew had used all available 170 cans of paint to get her in a good-as-new condition. The dredger will be operating for Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), the national port authority of South Africa.’
Tim Spitters, Consultant Division Maritime is responsible for selecting and contracting the ship delivery crew for each vessel, including the ILEMBE. Spitters: ‘Many ship deliveries depart from countries like Turkey or China. It’s not very often that I have the opportunity to visit a ship delivery vessel myself. I was really excited to be able to not only visit the vessel, but also to sail on the ILEMBE from Kinderdijk to the Maasmonding / North Sea. Both Captain Frans and Chief Engineer Suresh welcomed me and my colleagues from the Ship Delivery division. On its way to the North Sea the ILEMBE passed many bridges. In the city of Rotterdam, it is quite often that I‘m the one, sitting in my car, waiting for the vessels to pass and for the bridges to close again. But this time I was the one who kept cars waiting. I even took a picture to prove it!
I want to thank the crew and especially Suresh who gave me a grand tour, including a peek at his office in the engine room. And of course many thanks to the cook who did a wonderful job cooking both Indonesian style and typical Dutch food (patat + kroket). It was already getting dark when the SIMA charters picked us up at open sea to bring us back to Maassluis. That was an experience in itself for a landsman like me.’
Time lapse video of the ILEMBE leaving the Kinderdijk, The Netherlands
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