Have worked for many years for Smit, and was also involved in many (salvage) projects, one of the large projects was the “Ganaveh project” I was pullmaster in the team, this project was executed in Iran in 1986 in which the 750 ton pull barge pulled oil pipes with lengths up to 21 km from the beach via the bottom pull method into the sea, afterwards loading terminals/buoy were installed, this work was executed in bad circumstances because at this time Iran was at war with Iraq and Ganaveh was just off the Iraqi border due to this our workside / premises were regularly attacked / bombed (up to 2-3 times a day) by the Iraqi air force. In 1990 I decided to start working from out of the Smit Singapore office, and commenced sailing permanently in the Far East, served as Captain in Singapore and other Far East waters at all kind of units of Smit Singapore, work barges, tugs and suppliers, with which I was involved in many (salvage) projects,
In Singapore waters at that time the casualties were that time still done at the “Westerschelde Style” with as heavy opposition the tugs of SELCO what later became SEMCO, these years were the best of my life, had a lot of fun, I met in Singapore Elizabeth, which became my wife several years later, due to several circumstances I returned in 1999 back to the SMIT Rotterdam office where I continued with the execution of projects, so I was part of the team of the 2nd Beneluxtunnel project, as well of the Thomassen Tunnel (Caland canal), the Salvage of the Kursk, wreck removal of the Twin Star which sank after a collision just outside the port of Callao in Peru, the salvage of the Umfolozi, a container vessel which sank in the port of Walvis Bay (Namibia) after a collision with a dredger an many more (salvage) projects, one of the most memorable projects were the 2 pipe pull projects in Dahej in India the first attempt was early 2003, but due to lack of proper preparations onshore this pull did not went well and was abandoned after several weeks of trying, after returning in 2004 the work was completed successfully, this work was executed in currents up to 7 knots and a tidal range of up to 9 mtrs at springtide between low and high water, at low water the beach was about 1 km wide slicks and with high water no beach at all.
At the Parkkade in Rotterdam
Ganaveh oil pipes
The Ganaveh project in Iran 1986
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