200 – Port Towage and Tugs
Guests: Lex van der Schaaf, Andrey Volkov, Arno Jacq, Jan Luursema, Baldo Dielen
Host: Markus Voelter Shownoter: Stefaan Rillaert
In this 200th episode of omega tau we cover a topic that has been on our list for a long time: harbour tugs. We start out with a conversation with Lex van der Schaaf, the COO of Port Towage Amsterdam, who gives us a general introduction to port towage. Markus then joins Arno, Jan and Andrey on their tug Thetis for a day of towing in the port of Amsterdam. In the last conversation, Markus speaks with Baldo Dielen about the design of modern tugs, using the EDDY tug as a representative example.
Part 1, Introduction (Lex van der Schaaf)00:02:04
Lex van der Schaaf LinkedIn profile | Lex van der Schaaf at Port Towage Amsterdam | Towing | Tugboat | Pilot | Jetty | Azimuth thruster | Voith Schneider Propeller | Caterpillar engines | Bollard pull | Draft | Berth | Aztec Maiden salvage | Episode on Ship Salvage
Part 2, On the tug, helping Frio Murmansk00:31:05
Frio Murmansk | Tug Thetis | Mooring | Flag of convenience | Winch
Tug into Amsterdam01:03:12
Bulk Trident out of the 'haven'01:24:32
Part 3, Tug Design with Baldo Dielen01:33:57
Baldo Dielen | EDDY Tug | Maiden towage EDDY Tug | Types of tugs | Bow thruster | Bollard | Variable-pitch propeller | Variable Pitch Propeller vs Fixed Pitch Propeller | Wake | Marine propulsion | Diesel-electric transmission | Platform supply vessel (PSV) | Schottel | Schottel propellers | Jones Act
The best episode ever! I love tugs!
And since I know IJmuiden from many crossings to Newcastle I could even picture the scenery while listening. Most of the time the ferry did not need tugs, unfortunately, but I still found a photo of November 2003 when it did. I remember that it was a shiny new tug then and on the photo it looks like Thetis, although I cannot read the name.
Rasmus Klump siger hej.
A nice desire in my childhood days.
Thank you very much.
Want to post the photo :-) ? Glad you liked it!
Hä? Rasmus Klump?
Yet another great story, just finished listening! Congratulations on 200 episodes. Thank you so much.
Brilliant episode. And Markus I am jealous – what a treat to spend a day on a tugboat!
hehe :-) Just start your own podcast, and you can do the same :-)
I just cannot share the enthusiasm the other listeners enjoyed.
This is the next episode where for me – as non-native speaking listener – it was nigh to impossible to follow the story.
In this case it was a combination of a heavy accented spoken English (no offense meant; just being a fact) with the loud noises and more than suboptimal recording environment.
I really was looking forward hearing about this topic, because I as an Austrian mountain dweller know next to nothing about the Seven Seas and their traffic.
What a pity, maybe next time.
I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy it. I can definitely relate to your comment.
Another good episode.
Somewhere in the beginning of the episode it is mentioned that the staff lives on the tug for several days. I was very curious about the explanation later in the podcast but either I have missed it or you didn’t explain it.
Why for heavens sake do they do that? Aren’t they always just a few meters away from dry land and their homes?
This was one of the episodes where perhaps a video podcast would have been the better choice. On the other hand – since I don’t watch video podcasts I would have lived along ignorant about this very interesting topic. So still: two thumbs up! :-)
They do it because they have to “go tugging” on demand. And I assume they don’t all live next to the harbor. And they often stay in places other than their home base to wait for the next job. I guess there’s also quite a bit of tradition involved. Regarding the video podcast: I agree :-) If I had a camera guy who would also do the editing (100 times more effort than audio only), then this would be a realistic option :-)