Category: MS Stad Rotterdam
22nd March 2021 – I had a good nights sleep aboard the Watergeus. Makes a difference! We left Beernem in the dark and by the time we arrived at the first bridge, it was daylight. We were stuck behind a tanker for the whole journey. It was a lovely day, steering in the sun and just enjoying the typical (to me boring) view of the canal Bruges-Ostend.
21st March 2021 – We left Zelzate at 8 o’clock in the morning. The lock of Evergem is opening at 10, so we had plenty of time. It was again a cold night. I was surprised to see how busy it was at the lock of Evergem, certainly on a Sunday morning.
At lunch time we arrived at Beernem where we moored the ship alongside Tordino. We had a few drinks and went home.
20th March 2021 – Day three of moving the ship to Bruges. We left Gorinchem at 7 o’clock in the morning. We disconnected shore power and gave back the connector to the skipper of the Spes who was very helpful lending us one! A small heather did make the difference of sleeping below or above the freezing temperature. A few small bridges, an old lock and then up the big rivers over the Oosterschelde to Hansweert where we made the crossing to Terneuzen and then to Zelzate to sleep for the night.
19th March 2021 – We left early in the morning in Lemmer. None of us had a good nights sleep. It was cold and it had been freezing outside and likely inside. Anyway, we left on the IJsselmeer with a good wind.
The engine belt around the alternator and waterpump was making more and more noise. It was worn out and the inevitable happened, on the Markermeer it snapped, just when the wind was coming from the wrong side. We called a few ships, but they were all loaded and couldn’t take us alongside. Luckily a tug in the area offered us assistance and towed us into Amsterdam (Schellingwoude). It was so far the most relaxing part of the journey standing in the wheelhouse wit no noise!
The yard had arrived in the meantime to help sorting out a few problems. While on the IJsselmeer we discovered a leak in the hull, but this will be dealt with later. When the alternator needs to give power, it struggles and turns to hard, so the belt gets to much resistance. The alternator is now disconnected and we continued our journey till late in the evening.
We had to catch up the lost time and moored in Gorkum at 22 o’clock. A quick meal and straight to bed!
18th March 2021 – An early start, for the last time driving four hundred kilometers to Franeker. Underway we picked up two friends who would join for the journey. Always take the right people for the right job. People with engine skills and people to have some fun with.
Arriving at the yard, we discovered not much had happened. A few more windows were in position and the generator runs. Not completely as planned. We now need to start her manually, but that is the least of my problems. The distance keepers for Tordino were not ready, while they had promised it. The finished parts were loaded aboard and the other ones will be delivered next week by truck. In the office, the necessary papers were done and we left.
The first maneuver became clear to us that the Stad Rotterdam has no reverse, whats however. The propeller is under water but there is nu tunnel. So from the moment she runs, it takes a lot of air. While the skipper was testing the ship, I was programming the AIS and VHF. I still had some issues with the cables and connectors but managed to get the AIS running. The VHF sometimes works, sometimes not. We have some handheld ones as a spare! Always have a backup plan!
It was a nice trip, bringing back some memories from when we went trough Leeuwarden with the Tordino, now nearly 4 years ago.
We have some issues with the power and the alternator but the technician on board seems to have a logic explanation for everything. Let’s hope he is right.
We moored just outside the lock of Lemmer. There was nothing more then a field of grass and some sheep. After a nice meal and some drinks we all went to bed.