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Photographer:E. Vroom [View profile]Title:VS ROTTERDAMAdded:May 18, 2008
Photo Category: Tugs
Call Sign : PBCY
Gross tonnage : 218
Type of ship : Tug
Year of build : 1982
Flag : Netherlands

As I mentioned before, shooting photos of a pair of tugs at the shipspotting meeting in Rotterdam, a fellow member asked me the name of the company of those with the letter “K” on the funnel.

Didn’t he really know, or was he testing my knowledge? I had to admit I didn’t know, being from the Amsterdam region.
I promised to myself I had to look into that.

The weeks following the meeting in Rotterdam I was in the Toulon region in France on Holliday.
Last year I discovered the three monthly magazine called “Navires & Marine Marchande”. These are well illustrated and clearly written magazines with interesting items.
One of the first things I do when I get there is to go to the “Tabac” and get as many numbers I can get. Last year I was on holliday twice in different trimesters and was able to get two numbers.
Now I got the No 35 featuring, among others, an article on the coccinelles (ladybirds) of Le Havre.

Reading this article I came across pictures of tugs with the same colours as the ones in Rotterdam and a “K” on the funnel that had been painted over. Soon the article mentioned Rotterdam and the name Kooren. No doubt I had a smile on my face that very moment. One question was answered.

First part of the article was about Kooren taking part of the market in the port of Le Havre, a second part described the invention of the Rotor Tug by Ton Kooren.

It all struck me to be very interesting.
Realizing that not every member has the opportunity to get these magazines and next to read French. I took it upon myself to make an excerpt/translation of it. I hope this is not in conflict with authors rights.

read it at the Forum:
Vessel Identification
Former name(s):
- Vs Rotterdam (Until 2012 Jun)
- Vs Hamburg (Until 2003 Mar 07)
- Adrett (Until 2002 Jul 15)
- Brake (Until 2000 Jul 14)
Technical Data
Vessel type:Tug
Gross tonnage:218 tons
Summer DWT:101 tons

Additional Information
Build year:1982
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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Photo Comments (2)

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E. Vroom on May 23, 2008 11:25 (10 years ago)
Glad to have you with us and nice to meet you here, an hounour indeed. I hope my excerpt/translation meets your approval. 8-)
Christian Herrou on May 22, 2008 17:55 (10 years ago)

Thanks for sharing this picture and ... I'm the autor of the report about the "Lady Bird of Le Havre" :-D

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