Tuesday 25 December 2012


Posted by Picasam.v. "Smit Singapore"
Owner Smit Tak, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Flag the Netherlands.
Built 1984 by Niestern-Sander Scheepswerven b.v., Delfzijl, the Netherlands.
Grt. 2.670, dwt. 802, l.o.a.75.32 mt., breadth 15.68 mt.
Engine type Motor, 2 x Stork-Werkspoor 2 x 6.750 bhp., 2 screws.
BP 189 ton.
Vessel type Tug.

The "Smit Singapore" is seen here departing for her Maiden voyage on the
Nieuwe Waterweg near Hook of Holland.

Monday 24 December 2012


The title is not a reference to a famous or less known brand of liqueur made in Holland but is a season
greeting of the master of one of the last ocean going tugs flying the Dutch flag. It regards the tug "Singapore".
I invite you to read this season greeting for it tells in a few well chosen  words the demise of a once great and
world famous salvage and towing company, Smit Internationale Sleep- en Bergingsdienst N.V. in Maasluis.

"This is the last season greetings send from this vessel. Soon the "Singapore" will be history and wholesaled together with "London" and "Rotterdam".  Presently the "Singapore" is performing her last towage under Dutch flag. An empty barge from Malaysia across the Pacific to Morgan City (USA).
I was already retired, but due to personnel circumstances I was requested by Svitzer Ocean Towage to make this last voyage. I joined "Singapore" in Honolulu end of Novermber, during a bunker stop. It is trip down memory lane. In 1984 I was Chief Officer on the "Smit Singapore" on her maiden voyage. After that I made many voyages as Captain on the "Smitwijs Singapore". This is my last voyage as Captain and it gives me great pleasure that I can do this on this tug, with a few old good time colleagues. On the other hand it is a sad feeling now the end is near for this branch of Dutch ocean towage, dating back to the Nineteenth century. It didn't have to end this way.
The decline and demise, which took several decades to materialize, was caused by wrong strategies, wrong investments and haughty judgement by Smit International management in the past. The final axe came from the cold and ruthless bean counters in Denmark.
Fortunately other Dutch towing companies are keeping this traditional and reputable Dutch trade alive.
Personally I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a good 2013. Let one of your toasts during New Year's Eve be on the "old ladies" and their crews that sailed on them. I wish you all well!!
Capt. Kees Pronk - Master Singapore  "

This says it all, I think. Smit, once a force in the towage and salvage world is now part of a dredging company and slowly the tugs are being sold to foreign interests. Wijsmuller, another well known towing and salvage company has disappeared from the seas, because the management did not have the courage to affront the competition with the lame excuse that it was a matter of taking over or being taken over. The last happened of course and now they are part of the "happy" A.P. Moller family.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Wednesday 19 December 2012


Posted by Picasam.v. "Magdalena"
Owner Dammers & van der Heide, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Flag the Netherlands.
Built 1979 by Nieuwe Noord Nederlandse Scheepswerven B.V., Groningen, the Netherlands.
Grt. 1.195, nrt. 785, l.o.a. 83.76 mt., beam 14.02 mt.
Engine type Motor, Deutz, 3.000 bhp.,
Speed 14 knots.
Vessel type Reefer.

Sunday 9 December 2012


Posted by Picasas.s. "Santa Rosa".
Owner Grace Line, New York, United States.
Flag United States.
Built 1958 by Newport News Ship Building & Dry Dock Company Inc., Newport News, USA.
Grt. 15.371, l.o.a. 177.93 mt, beam 25.61 mt.
Engine type Steam Turbines, General Electric, 22.000ihp., speed 20 knots.
Vessel type Passenger.
In 1970 the Grace Line Inc. amalgamated with Prudential Lines Inc. to form Prudential-Grace Lines Inc.
In January 1971 the "Santa Rosa" was laid up at Hampton Roads, in 1975 to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Remained laid up.
In 1976 the vessel was sold to the Vintero Corp., New York and renamed "Samos Sky", in South America services.

Wednesday 5 December 2012


 m.v. "Santo Stefano".
ex Nicoletta Montanari '79.
Owner Petrolmar SpA, Genova, Italy.
Built 1961 by Cantiere Navale
Felszegi, Trieste, Italy.
Grt. 998, nrt. 464, dwt. 1.491,
l.o.a. 65.89 mt., breadth 10.83 mt.
 Engine type Motor, MWM, 800 bhp., speed 9.75 kn.
Vessel type Tank.
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Owner E.H. Roelfs (Scheepvaart & Handelmaatschappij COMAR b.v.), Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Flag the Netherlands.
Built 1978 by Scheepsbouw & Reparatie Gebr. Sander B.V., Delfzijl, the Netherlands.
Grt. 997, nrt. 694, dwt. 2.300, l.o.a. 82.00 mt., beam 14.23 mt.
Engine type Motor, Kloeckner Humboldt Deutz, 1.500 bhp., speed 12.5 knots.
Vessel type Cargo.


Posted by Picasam.v. "Hurricane".
ex Hurricane '81.
Owner Braithwaite & Dean, London, United Kingdom.
Flag United Kingdom.
Built 1938 in United Kingdom.
L.o.a. 23.95 mt., beam 6.30 mt.
Engine type Motor, 558 bhp.
Vessel type Tug.