Last week it finally happened: my first solo adjustment. We received a job for a patrol vessel. The location was Hoek van Holland, and the weather was just fine J.
Barnhoorn: ‘Since this is a voyage of more than 7,000 nautical miles, the vessel has to sail for approximately 45 days. It’s a relatively long journey for such a small but powerful tug. The living area on board is limited for such a period.
Survey Vessel: ‘After a thorough preparation by the TOS delivery team, we depart on 20 October from Schiphol to Vigo. The next day, I explore the vessel together with Thies Kegge, Superintendent at TOS. We also stock up on supplies. The crew is busy carrying out the necessary safety drills and taking inventory of the equipment. It will still be a few days before we leave. The Sabah has been reflagged for delivery, but the new certificates are not yet ready. Fortunately, there is always a silver lining. During the wait, TOS delivery captain Tjalling appears in the Vigo port. What are the odds of running into a colleague! Tjalling is on a Damen delivery from Vietnam to Gorinchem, the Netherlands. He has had especially bad weather for weeks. After a good night’s sleep, we meet the next day on the Sabah for coffee. It was nice to catch up!’
At the beginning of 2020, TOS delivered a new tugboat for the Port of Manzanillo in Panama for our client SAAM Towage. SAAM will use this tug for port operations in Manzanillo and Colon.
He started as watchman and has worked as an engineer and chief mate. His longest
At the Ship Delivery department of TOS, our Superintendents Myron, Thies, and Niels have sailed for quite some time. Niels: ‘We have all sailed in different positions and disciplines. But we have one thing in common: exploring the world while working in an adventurous and constantly developing industry. Nowadays we’re working at the office, guiding ship delivery projects for our clients, and delivering all kinds of vessels. We’re still active in the industry even if it’s not really on board. We always try to join our ship delivery crews when they have to perform sea trials or bollard pull tests. Supporting our crew at the Shoalbuster 2711 was quite an opportunity!’
Last month, TOS delivered five vessels in a single joint voyage for PSA, the leading global port group from Singapore. ‘Captain Chowdhury Faroque Hossein and Er Chor Meng welcomed us at the PSA office*. Together with the five TOS Captains and Chief Engineers, we met and discussed all outstanding actions that had to be arranged before the departure of all Summits,’ says Myron Dam, Superintendent at TOS.
‘Years ago, I delivered the Mahaa Jarraafu from Qidong, China to the Maldives. Last month, I had the opportunity to also deliver its sister ship* Mario Oliva Perez from Kinderdijk, the Netherlands to Havana, Cuba. Same vessel, new adventure!’ says TOS Ship Delivery Captain Piet Smit.
´TOS calls. They offer me two ship delivery trips, so I can choose. Excellent. The first trip is from Peru via the Panama Canal to Bristol, United Kingdom. The second delivery begins in Dubai and has as its final destination Sydney, Australia. Even though I’ve never sailed the Panama Canal before, I choose for the trip Down Under.’ Captain Frans, Ship Delivery Captain at TOS shares his experiences.