Rituals around shipping. The „Titanic“ never got its name in a christening...
by Bianca Reineke, lutheran Pastor, Germany - published on 3 March 2020
Do you ever leave the harbour to get on a vessel you will guide along without a ritual? Do you face the dangerous challenges during your work on your pilot boats not knocking on wood?
Or do you never have a good-luck-charm in your pocket?
Let´s be honest: we all used to have one of those. Or are still keeping them in the glove department of our cars, in our backpacks or around our neck.
I never leave the house without my cross pendant. I need the affirmation of my faith around my neck. It reminds me of who I am, of what I believe in and it’s a sign that I am a Christian. No more no less.
When I perform burials at sea I make sure to have a wooden cross in my gown`s pocket as well - to feel it and to reassure my faith while being on a boat for hours. I do trust the people taking me to sea but being a landlubber I need my very own ritual to feel save...
Rituals are important, their performances are supposed to give us strength and hope. Doing them can help facing the rough facts of live.
Some rituals are deeply religious.
Champagne bottles and shards
Ship`s christening for example.
The wonderful spectacle of throwing a bottle of champagne at a ship and watching it burst into bubbles, froth and shards. Unbelievable great - and important.
Ships and vessels do need a name. They have to have a name. Pilot Boats do too. And they are called by their names. Have it printed on their sides. So everybody can see them, read them, recognize them and love them.
The ritual of christening or baptizing ships might be much older than Christianity, the Romans did it long before they even thought of becoming the center of this Religion. Naming a ship is important, because it is more than a workplace.
No water, no christening
Why do we have to have a name anyway? Why do we have a ritual containing water (or Champagne in case of ships) to get our „christian name“?
Our names are more than just letters. We have so many names...much more than we even think about. We are sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, brothers, sisters, friends, partners, lovers, colleagues, superiors, apprentices, we are called „hey you“, we are „come on board“, or „you, do take that ladder“.
And to celebrate the giving of the most important name in a beautiful ritual makes us strong. Gives us an importance we should not underestimate.
We do need our names. They identify us. And ships and boats do need theirs as well.
If it´s a God given gift to be named during a christening, that I do not know. But I am sure it means no harm to call a vessel or a pilot boat by its name. The name it was given in a ritual.
In church a christening means more than just a ritual. It is God´s promise to take care of that human being from now on. As a baptized christian I belong to God. I am reciprocating his love to me in answering „yes“ to him. The water of the christening will dry and disappear in a heartbeat. Like the champagne froth will do on the ship´s bow. But the name will remain, forever. And so will the blessing.
The „Titanic“ never got its name in a christening...
Never forget that rituals, tradition and the idea of something bigger than us, carry us through the storms of life.
A blessing wil never do any harm. Never. But it can make things possible.
The White Star Line refused to christening their ships by the way. They „did not believe in this practice“.....So the infamous „Titanic“ did not get a ritual or a blessing. Just saying.
Whatever we trust in, whatever the rituals or traditions you Marine Pilots have - when you board your pilot boats, climb the ladders, get the vessels through the harbour - keep them and cherish them, they are good and they are important.
Trust and faith needs reassurance. As a dangerous job does as well.
Whenever I get on a boat, whether it is for work or leisure, I always think that God chose to need water for the blessed ritual of christening.
And when Jesus himself was baptized by John the Baptist, he went right into the river Jordan and got as wet as he could be. Water and blessings do belong together.
The Old Testament has a wonderful verse to reassure us God´s guidance in the waters of our lives. Isaiah 43.2 : „When you pass through the waters, I will be with you“
Article In Memoriam of Captain Dennis R. Sherwood (1955 - 2019)
by Bianca Reineke, lutheran Pastor, Germany - published on 3 January 2020
Ladders are the bridges for crossing the rough seas of our lives.
When you are a Marine Pilot at work, hoping and praying that the ladders which let you embark the vessel are stable, safe and not dangerous.
In Memoriam of the late Captain Dennis Sherwood who passed away on Monday the 30th of December.
Article Marine Pilots are experts in trusting. They simple have to be....
by Bianca Reineke, lutheran Pastor, Germany - published on 13 February 2020
„In God we trust“ - this short sentence can be found on the one dollar note.
Marine Pilots for example are experts in trusting. They simple have to be....
Video Christening of new pilot tender "Mira"
Christening of new pilot tender "Mira" - a lightweight powerhouse
Press Release Hoek van Holland, 2 April 2020 by Next Generation Shipyards
On Thursday 2 April, Annebel de Deugd (interim manager fleet management of Nederlands Loodswezen), christened the new Dutch pilots’ tender Mira; one of the lightest tenders in the Nederlands Loodswezen fleet.
Lighter than ever
The instructions given by Nederlands Loodswezen to ship designer Camarc and shipbuilder Next Generation Shipyards had been clear: design and build a strong, waterjet driven, aluminium pilot tender that is much lighter than her predecessors. Mira weighs around 39 metric tons, whereas her predecessors weigh around 54 tons. Because of the lower weight, considerably less fuel is needed, which means the ship will emit less CO2 and soot. This makes her less harmful to the environment.
A class of its own
Mira - an M-class pilot tender - has the same hull as her L-class predecessors but is equipped with a so-called axe bow. This alone results in fuel savings of 3%. In addition, every single part of the ship’s design has been subject to careful examination to reduce weight as much as possible. Managing Director Willem Bentinck of Nederlands Loodswezen explained, "In total, Mira is about 15 tons lighter than her predecessors. This is equivalent to the weight of two adult elephants; you can imagine what a difference this weight loss makes in fuel consumption". The total fuel consumption of Mira is more than 20% lower than that of the L-class tenders, resulting in a significant reduction of CO2.
Nederlands Loodswezen’s fleet expansion is a multi-year investment programme. The fleet includes 15 waterjet driven tenders that are used for pilot embarkation/disembarkation to serve seagoing ships calling at Dutch seaports and at Flemish seaports on the River Scheldt. The new tender Mira will replace one of the Discovery class tenders now that they have reached their maximum lifespan.
Remark in times of COVID-19:
Due to the regulations concerning the Corona pandemic, the christening was held in presence of only a few people.
Company profile Next Generations Shipyards
Article Product Pirates risk the lives of Marine Pilots!
by Marine-Pilots.com - published on 17 December 2019
PTR Holland® are aware that certain parties have copied and supply, low-quality imitations of our rope ladders through several ship-chandlers in Rotterdam, Houston, Greece and in Turkey.
Article Trusteddocks: Bottleneck at Shipyards and Resulting Price Increases Ahead
by trusteddocks.com GmbH - published on 30 June 2020
This market intelligence allows all interested parties to measure the shipyards industry and to follow flows in demand and supply, enabling shipping companies’ management to make informed, fact-based decisions on docking requirements.
Article Corona causes financial impact on some Marine Pilots
by Frank Diegel, CEO Marine-Pilots.com - published on 8 April 2020
Fewer vessels in voyage mean less pilotage and this means less income for many Pilots. Not every Pilot is an employee and many pilots are self-employed and organised in a brotherhood per example. They are earning only money if they are piloting a vessel. No vessel – no money.
Article Unofficial internal company timeline report of the ship accident in Busan 6 April 2020
by Marine-Pilots.com - published on 14 April 2020
"ONE - MSQ Accident News No. 31": ONE operated 13,900 TEU vessel “M/V Milano Bridge” has collided with gantry cranes and another vessel while approaching berth at PNC #8. This was the first berthing for phasing-in after Dry Dock.
Article Electronic Chart Standards: IHO ECDIS and ENC
by Marine-Pilots.com - published on 29 October 2019
Found on YouTube:
Tom Mellor - Chairman of the IHO Electronic Navigational Chart Working Group (ENC WG) and Head of Digital Standards at the UKHO - explains what the IHO's ECDIS and ENC Standards mean.
Video Very descriptive: Piston Effect when entering lock.
Found on YouTube. Created by "Port Revel". From 2011...
Two new locks were introduced in 2009 for training in the new Panama lock conditions with or without tug(s). This video shows the famous "piston effect" when entering the lock at an impressive speed of 10 knots with a high blockage factor.
Port Revel provides shiphandling training using manned models for maritime pilots, masters and officers: http://www.portrevel.com
Video Watch our weekend video to relax: "Boat Stories - The Bideford Pilot"
Found on YouTube. Created by "North Devon Moving Image".
The Bideford Pilot with Roger Hoad & the crew of Two Rivers II
A short film about the Bideford Pilot. Part of the Boat Stories North Devon series.
Note the calm and skilful team work as the pilot boat crew head out night and day, winter and summer over the notorious Bideford bar to meet big ships out at sea, get the pilot on board and escort the ships safely up river into Bideford, Appledore or Yelland harbour.
Filmed & edited by Matt Biggs - Artaura Productions. Music composed & produced by Tom Watkins - Yard 1 Studios. Directed & produced by Jo Stewart-Smith
This is part of the Boat Stories North Devon project www.boatstories.co.uk supported by www.northdevonimage.org.uk.