Thursday, 22 January 2015 16:15

New model for the museum: tug PASSAAT

The other day the National Dutch Towage Museum was happy to receive a very beautiful model of the tug PASSAAT. The model was donated to the museum in October 2014 by the constructor, Mr. J. Maassen from Arnheim, The Netherlands.
Mr. Maassen is not unknown to the museum: In the past he has built a splendid model of the steam tug LAUWERZEE, that also has been donated to our museum.
The model of the PASSAAT has been positioned in the so called central staircase of the museum and can be admired by anyone underway to one of the other halls.
As our co-worker went out to fetch the model in Arnheim, he had the opportunity to watch the other ships that have been built by Mr. Maassen. Almost the entire third floor of Mr. Maassen's home is loaded with the most beautiful models in a vast diversity: from sailing yachts to old freighters and coasters, each model of a perfect scale and quality. Among others there was a beautiful small model of a tug of the N.I.S.H.M., called the PIEF. Also a small steam tug of Piet Smit was discovered by our co-worker. It is almost a museum by itself.
Obviously, we are very delighted to be able to add the beautiful model of the PASSAAT to our collection. We invite everyone to come and admire the new model!


For those who might be interested in the details of the tug PASSAAT, please read the following:


PASSAAT ShellThe coastal tug PASSAAT was built in 1956 as yard number 378 by the "ASM - Arnhemse Scheepsbouw Mij" ("Prins") at Arnheim, The Netherlands.
She was 280 grt and 78 nrt. Her dimensions were: length 32,82 m (29,52 m), beam 8,79 m(8,54 m), draught 3,728 m and depth 4,32 m.
The PASSAAT's propulsion system consisted of 1 fixed propeller in a nozzle, driven by a 4-takt 8-cylinder Werkspoor diesel engine, power output 1.250 bhp (919 kW), speed 11 knots.
On January 3rd 1957 she was delivered by the shipyard to the owner "CSM - Curacaosche Scheepvaart Mij"; the management company was "Shell Antillen" at Willemstad, Curacao (Antilles).
Her sistership was (with small differences) the KORAAL. These ships assisted tankers berthing and unberthing at the Curacao Shell oil refinery.
She was registered at Willemstad, Curacao, Antilles under Dutch flag, call sign PJGY, IMO number 5271379 and Lloyd's Register number 66-67:527137.
In 1979 the PASSAAT was sold to Malcolm A. Browne at San Fernando (Trinidad and Tobago).
In 1994 she was sold again, this time to an unknown owner.
In 2001 the PASSAAT was deleted from Lloyd's Register because of serious doubt over her existence.
Until now nothing has been heard of the PASSAAT.


(source: The Tugslist, photos above: Helderline)


Under: Photo of the new model of the tug PASSAAT


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The latest newsletter of the National Towage Museum dated January 2015 is published!


This bulletin contains:


- preface from the chairman
- donor's day
- the well known traditional "allemansend"
- information about the progress in making the promotion film and the volunteer's film
- the move of the central IT server of the museum
- the new links to facebook and twitter
- the new logo of the museum
- the new exhibition about towage company Kotug
- the new gain for the museum of the model of the Shell tug PASSAAT


Please press the blue button to download the newsletter. Note: the newsletter is published in the Dutch language only.

In the National Dutch Towage Museum the visitor will be able to watch the recordings of a fixed and a controllable webcam. To be seen are the ships and the surroundings of the tugboat harbour of Maassluis. The HUDSON, FURIE, KRIMPEN, BRUINVISCH, MAASSLUIS, ADRIAAN, and in the distance the ELBE appear in view. 

You can see see the controllable webcam here.  

This webcam has been facilitated by ALPHATRON Marine B.V.

Another (fixed) webcam points in the direction of the Wip (street) of Maassluis. (temporarily out of order)


On a special touchscreen children are challenged to test their knowledge of shipping by answering a number of sets of multiple choice questions. On the screen appear all sorts of questions about shipping and navigation terms. The player can make a choice and pick the right answer out of a series of given possibilities.

Wednesday 3th of December Van Wijngaarden Marine Services celebrated the start of building her new office / warehouse, together with the local contractor. The grandson of the managing director of Van Wijngaarden performed the official act. Wilco Boerman gave the symbolic starting signal, by striking the festive "first" pile for the new office / warehouse at the Buitenweistraat in Hardinxveld-Giessendam. Herewith the four locations of Van Wijngaarden Marine Services at Sliedrecht and Harinxveld-G'dam will be concentrated to one place. Acreage building: 1.200 m2 / Terrain: 2.300 m2. The complex is designed by Van Es Architects. Contractor: Gebr. Blokland. The delivery is planned for mid 2015.
With 15 specialised ships Van Wijngaarden renders services worldwide to dredging companies, maritime construction companies, offshore projects and so on.
(Source: press release Van Wijngaarden)

Tuesday, 23 December 2014 12:46

Tugs in camera

Coastal Shipping Publications recently published "Tugs in Camera", written by Dominic and Bernard McCall. Many people are interested in ships generally and many are interested in specific types of ships such as warships or cruise vessels. Tugs, too, have an enthusiastic following and many modellers are also keen on these vessels.

In this fascinating book, the authors have taken the unusual decision to present a set of images mainly in portrait format, rather than the landscape format of most pictorial albums, as it seemed that tugs in particular lent themselves to this format for aesthetic reasons. Not all towage involves shiphandling. Tugs are used for other towage tasks involving barges and cranes and other floating equipment. They are also used to support a wide range of civil engineering projects. The photographs in this book give a very good coverage to all types of tugs. The captions provide a detailed history of each tug and show that the towage industry has seen constant takeovers and mergers amongst the owning companies. This book will appeal to all ship lovers.

"Tugs in Camera" (ISBN 978-1-902953-67-0) is a hardback book, A4 size, of 96 pages, lavishly illustrated. The price is £19.50, exclusive P&P (£3 European postage). Ordering via the bookshop, or directly via the publisher, Coastal Shipping, 400 Nore Road, Portishead, Bristol BS20 8EZ, UK. Tel/Fax: +44(0)1275.846178, , e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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