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A Super-tight voyage

Some astounding photos have appeared showing the passage of a 94m-long superyacht passing through the canals of Holland, including those in the middle of some of the towns.

Apparently this has happened before since such ships (yacht seems a totally inappropriate word for such a vessel) are built at one of two inland ship yards in Holland, owned by a company called Feadship.

This one was built at the yard called Kaag Island.

Only about four ships near this size have done the trip before so why their photos did not appear is unstated, especially since the photographer, Tom van Oossanen, now has himself a very nice gig as a freelance photographer and videographer for super-yachts all around the world.

The thing that had me wondering why the ship-builder got this contract is that it’s dimensions are constrained by this trip. Why would you do that for a super-yacht, particularly when width is a key aspect of stability?

Only after seeing this photo did I read that the sides of the ship are covered with very thin wooden boards wrapped in fabric to protect that pearl-white paint job:

But these maneuvers lead to serious snarl ups on land and water. Got a dentist appointment? “Then you’re not going to make it,” says Oossanen. “Sometimes it takes an hour to go through a bridge, and with the amount of traffic we have in Holland, it soon builds up.”

Feadship recently opened a new facility in Amsterdam that has the capacity to build superyachts up to 160 meters long, and a 140-meter dry dock has been fitted to its Makkum shipyard, allowing for the construction of yachts with wider beams, so perhaps we won’t see another voyage like this, at least from something this large.

Written by Tom Hunter

April 24, 2021 at 1:25 pm

Posted in Technology

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  1. yacht seems a totally inappropriate word for such a vessel

    Yachts are vessels principally used for recreation rather than for commerce or war. Cruise ships might meet the definition, though they evolved from Liners which don’t

    In the 17th century the Netherlands was the world’s leading ship building nation – they had developed efficient windmills to pump water from low lying lands and someone had the bright idea to harness wind power to saw timber which could be used to build ships and build ships they did, for the Dutch East India company

    If you want an Ocean going tug the Netherlands is the place to get it built They also build a large number of coastal vessels there

    The biggest and best marine salvage company in the world is Dutch, that would be Smit Salvage based in Rotterdam with offices and vessels based in Cape Town, Singapore and Houston – now that is a hard core business requiring quick thinking, high energy, can doers and not navel gazing chatterers.

    Natural selection quickly weeds out those who get into this line of work without the talent for it, they get killed

    I guy I knew was in that line of work, real smart dude, extrovert, he gor killed when he fe;l into the hold of a bulk carrier fighting a coal fire, I kind of thought at the time that this was a totally appropriate way for this guy to go – getting old wouldn’t have suited him and it sure beats getting cancer of the ass or something equally disgusting


    April 24, 2021 at 3:58 pm

    • Further to the above on Dutch Maritime skills is to note that it was Smits Salvage that unblocked the Suez Canal when the Ever Given went aground last month


      April 24, 2021 at 4:40 pm

    • Interesting Andrei.

      BTW – I was a little surprised that you didn’t comment on my link in my previous post to the Smithsonian story about the “lost” Russian family, given your background with the Russian Orthodox church.

      Tom Hunter

      April 24, 2021 at 7:23 pm

    • I was going to Tom but this caught my attention

      I am sure I have bought up the Lykov family in comments before when diuscussing the wisdom of the great Covids-19 shutdown, since after 40 years of isolation the majority of them died within a year of contact from diseases they had never been exposed to before/ Agafia Lykova and her father being the only survivors

      When she has gone to town she has got sick so she stays alone in the Taiga

      She is an Old Believer, a very hard core conservative branch of our Orthodox faith

      She is well known in Russia, matching a Russian archetype, someone who looks foolish and stupid to the worldly but is actually wise especially spiritually


      April 25, 2021 at 7:05 am

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