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During the yearly Rotterdam Wereld Havendagen (World Port Days), the city celebrates the harbour (the 2nd largest of the world) and the harbour celebrates the city.

During the first or second weekend of September many ships are moored at the Cruise Terminal, the Wilhelminapier and the Parkhaven for people to visit. And there are demonstrations and presentations by the major users of the harbor -sometimes with the purpose of personnel recruitment. Generally the most spectacular presentations are those of the Rotterdam Fire department, Smit Tak salvage and the Royal Navy.

But last year, the innovative tugs from Multraship stole the show by their maneuvering and ‘dancing’. Multratug 33 (and her sister 32) differ drastically from the classic harbour tug. They are of course powerful (5,3MW) but very agile and flexible due to the carousel towing gear. And, owing to the 'RAVE' technology, highly manoeuvrable too, as is shown here. rnThe sisters were built by Theodor Buschmann Shipyard & Damen Maaskant Shipyard ( 2016-2018) and are operated by Mutlraship.

For the tech geeks / gear heads: About 'RAVE': "The RAVE (Robert Allan Ltd. Voith Escort) tug is a new concept (introduced in 2013) for a highly manoeuvrable, high-performance escort and ship-handling tug, jointly developed by Robert Allan Ltd. and Voith Turbo Marine. The most unique characteristic of the RAVE concept is the longitudinal alignment of the two drives ('pods'), in contrast to the more conventional transverse in a “tractor” configuration." Source : Robert Allan Ltd.

Shot from the temporally bleachers near the Cruise Terminal.

A larger view is here.

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Additional Photos by Bert Hoetmer (bertolucci) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1914 W: 122 N: 4277] (13830)
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