AC600PVDB fish feeding barge

Not any information found on the type or a photo of the barge.

Estonia 2017 0.65 Euro sg?, scott?


Designed in Concarneau and owned by François Fiat, the YERSIN is a 76.60-metre yacht, which serves as both a luxury cruiser and a platform for scientific exploration, much like the CALYPSO many years before it. The vessel’s steel and aluminium hull means that it is capable of navigating all of the world’s seas and oceans, including under extreme conditions and in the polar regions. The yacht’s name pays tribute to Alexandre YERSIN (1863–1943), a doctor with the Messageries Maritimes merchant shipping company, who discovered the bacillus responsible for bubonic plague in 1894. The YERSIN was blessed by the Vicar General of Monaco, Monseigneur René Giuliano, at a ceremony in the Principality attended by H.S.H. Prince Albert II. The yacht can host children on board to raise their awareness of the need to protect the marine environment. One such mission has already been carried out with H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco. ... e&id=35511

Built as an expedition yacht under yard No C314 by Chantiers Piriou, Concarneau for Ase Yersin Limited (owned by Francois Fiat a former chairman of a French supermarket chain.)
Launched as the YERSIN.
Tonnage 2,198 grt, 659 nrt, dim. 76.6 x 13 x 4.4m. (draught), length bpp. 76.0m.
Powered: Diesel electric by 6 diesel engines, four 1,141 hp and two 543 hp. manufactured by Alconza Berango SL, Spain. Twin Azimuth trusters 1,500 kW each, cruising speed 12 knots. Maximum speed 15 knots.
Two bowthrusters.
Bunker capacity 401 m³.
Range 15,000 mile.
When cruising in shallow waters, lakes and river she has an additional central pump-jet propulsor with a maximum speed of 6 knots.
She carries several tenders under which a cabin cruiser, two 7.5m semi-rigged inflatables, also a seaplane.
Accommodation for 20 crew and 20 passengers.
11 May 2015 completed, registered in Valletta, Malta, Imo No 9666651.
20 June 2015 christened in Monaco in presence of Prince Albert of Monaco.

March 2017 Her last position is in La Spezia, Italy.

Monaco 2017 1.30Euro sg?, scott?
Source: Bureau Veritas. Mr Jean-Lous Araignon. Internet.


For the centenary of the Republic of Estonia – Innovation (shipbuilding), the Estonian Post issued in 2017 four stamps.
By the issues is given: Shipbuilding in Estonia is an industry that deal with the production and repair of watercrafts in shipyards. The biggest Estonian company in the field is BLRT Group followed by many companies that mainly build small ships. One of this vessels is the PATROL 4500 WP type.

Built as a multifunction wave-piercing patrol ship type Patrol 4500 WP by the Baltic Workboat Shipyard, Saaremaa Island, Estonia for the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board.
30 May 2016 ordered.
If she is already launched, and her name, I could not find, but her intended details are:
Displacement 220 ton, dim. 44.6 x 8.8 x 2.6m. (draught)
Powered by two 1,860 kW diesel engines, two shafts, speed 25 knots.
Fuel capacity 15,000 litre.
Range estimated 2,500 mile.
Crew 10 and beds for 8 additional personnel.
Will carry one watercraft PWC with at least a length of 3.6 meter with a speed of 40 knots.
She must be able to operate in 20 cm thick ice.
She will be delivered in early 2018.
Baltic Workboats has been awarded a 16 million Euro contract to design and build an advanced new multifunction patrol vessel to protect Estonia’s maritime environment, which will also significantly enhance the company’s future export potential.
The vessel will be operated by Estonia’s Police and Border Guard Board and designed primarily to combat pollution, as well as provide offshore patrol, search and rescue, firefighting and hydrographic tasks, including the capability to lift, transport and launch buoys.
The agreement was signed by Estonian Interior Minister Hanno Pevkur, Deputy Director of the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board Tauno Tuisk and Baltic Workboats CEO Margus Vanaselja.
Interior Minister Hanno Pevkur, spoke of his delight that an Estonian company won the tender. He said: “I am glad that it was Estonian shipbuilder who won the tender. It obviously demonstrates the high standards of Estonian shipbuilding.”
Tauno Tuisk, Deputy Director of the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board Board, added that the new ship is an important investment for keeping Estonian waters clean and safe. He added: “In case of a pollution, it is critical to react and reach the polluted area as quickly as possible. With the new vessel the focus has been on speed and seaworthiness.”
Margus Vanaselja, CEO of Baltic Workboats, explained that the new vessel has strong export potential and can open new market segments for the company. He said: “This modern, highly capable vessel will not only perform a vital role for Estonia, but also enable Baltic Workboats to expand its export potential and reach new customers around the world.”
The vessel will be between 42 and 45 metres in length, depending on the final design. She will top the Baltic Workboats’ already impressive range of high-speed wave-piercing all-weather vessels. The ship will be equipped with cutting edge new technology, such as a 9.2 GHz radar that can detect marine pollution, even from afar in rough seas, as well as locate a person floating on the surface of the water from five nautical miles away.
The vessel will also have side-scan sonar to monitor water quality below the surface and scan the seabed, which will enable it to observe pipelines and detect pollution from shipwrecks.
The vessel can respond fast in an emergency due to her twin MTU 16V4000 marine engines, which can propel it to 25 knots, while economic cruising speed is designed to be between 10 and 16 knots with a minimum range of 2500 nautical miles.
On arrival at the scene of an oil spill, the vessel will deploy advanced oil spill response equipment, including skimmers and booms to contain and clear up the pollution. In the event of a rescue or special operation, the vessel can also deploy its 7 metre workboat and Rescue Runner boat.
The vessel will be designed to regularly operate with a crew of 10 people, although 18 can be accommodated onboard when a larger crew is required for week-long missions.
Baltic Workboats will now work closely with the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board to complete the final design stage for the vessel, which will include model testing and the agreement of final specifications.
Baltic Workboats is an Estonian shipyard that designs, builds and delivers a wide variety of aluminum and steel vessels from pilot and patrol boats to ferries and research ships. The yard’s turnover in 2015 was 23 million Euros and there are currently vessels under construction for customers in Estonia, Sweden, Denmark and Belgium. ... rol-vessel and various other internet sites.
Estonia 2017 0.65 Euro sg?, scott?

Isle of the Seven Cities (Antillia)

The story originates from an old Iberian legend, set during the Muslim conquest of Spain in 714, “when all of Hispania was taken by the infidels from Africa.” Seeking to flee from the Muslim conquerors, seven Christian bishops and their followers took a ship and sailed out into the Atlantic. After a long voyage, they landed on an island. They then separated and built seven different settlements, which became the Seven Cities.
Antillia is first known to appear on maps about 1424, in the Pizzigano map, and then in the Beccario map of 1435. From then on it appeared on most nautical charts of the 15th century. Rumors that gold could be found in its sands probably gave rise to the Spanish legend of the Seven Cities of Gold located somewhere in America. As the Atlantic became more routinely sailed and accurately mapped, Antillia became smaller and smaller and pushed farther west.
The 1508 map of Johannes Ruysch reads, “The island Antilia was once found by the Portuguese, but now when it is searched cannot be found.” Pedro de Medina in 1548 writes that it is situated on the latitude of the Straits of Gilbraltar, but disappears when it is approached. Soon it disappeared on maps all together. It’s name was given to the Spanish Antilles.

Some speculate that Antillia was a poorly translated reference to Atlantis, others think it represented the American landmass and is evidence of pre-Columbian trans-Atlantic discovery. As a legend, it shares features with the Irish immrama, the sea voyaging tales of 6th-century Irish monks who settled on islands in the Atlantic to live lives of solitude and prayer.
Portugal.Azores 1997;300,0;SG Source:

MATHIEU DA COSTA explorer and interpreter

Canada Post’s annual Black History Month stamp for 2017 will commemorate a historical figure who continues to fascinate and confound scholars.
Admittedly little is known about Mathieu Da Costa. From the few records that remain, historians conclude he was a free man who earned a living as an interpreter for Europeans who were trading with Indigenous people in the New World. Believed to be of African or even Euro-African descent, his connection to Canada came in the year 1608 – the year Samuel de Champlain founded the city of Québec – when Da Costa signed a contract to work for French fur-trader, explorer and governor of Acadia, Pierre Dugua de Mons.
“While the full story of Mathieu Da Costa may never be known, interest in his life and in his unique connection with our country is a reminder of the values of respect, acceptance and diversity that Canadians cherish,” says Canada Post President and CEO Deepak Chopra.
With no portrait of Da Costa available, designer Andrew Perro and illustrator Ron Dollekamp worked closely with Canadian historical illustrator and storyboard artist Francis Back to ensure the period clothing and sailing ship reflect Da Costa’s time and socio-economic milieu. As with all stamps issued in 2017, the Black History stamp will contain references to Canada’s sesquicentennial that are visible only via a special black light.
Source: Canada Mail.

When Mathieu da Costa was born is unknown, he died after 1619 in Canada. The vessel depict according the flag showed is a Dutch vessel, of which I have not any info.

Mathieu da Costa (sometimes d'Acosta) is the first recorded free black person in Canada. He was a member of the exploring party of Pierre Dugua, the Sieur de Monts and Samuel de Champlain in the early 17th century.
Mathieu da Costa was an interpreter and translator from the Benin Empire during the late 16th and early 17th centuries. The Benin Empire was "one of the oldest and most highly developed states in the coastal hinterland of West Africa, dating perhaps to the Eleventh century." The original people and founders of the Benin Empire were the Edo people. The first European travelers to reach Benin were Portuguese explorers in about 1485. A strong mercantile relationship developed, with the Edo trading tropical products such as ivory, pepper and palm oil with the Portuguese for European goods such as manila and guns.
There is little documentation about da Costa, but he is known to have been a freeman favoured by explorers for his multilingual talents. His portfolio of languages is thought to include Dutch, English, French, Portuguese and pidgin Basque, the dialect many Aboriginals used for trading purposes.
With the Portuguese
He was originally acquired by the Portuguese for his translating abilities, having learned their language so quickly. It was thought that his skills would be valuable in future cartography expeditions to the new world. As early as 1499 João Fernandes Lavrador explored Greenland and the north Atlantic coast of Canada. The following year brothers Gaspar and Miguel Corte-Real explored what is today the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Greenland, claiming these lands for Portugal. João Álvares Fagundes and Pêro de Barcelos established fishing outposts in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia around 1521; however, these were later abandoned, as the Portuguese focussed their efforts on South America.
The tradition of Europeans depending on such translators was more than a century old by this time. An interpreter, translator, and general go-between such as da Costa was known as um grumete in the Portuguese-speaking world. After learning the Language of the L'nug (Mi'kmaq) on a Portuguese expedition da Costa would later be sought by both the English and the Dutch to help in their contacts with Aboriginal peoples but it would be the French that secured his services for hire.
It is thought that he came to Canada at some time before 1603, using his visit to learn the Mi'kmaq dialect. One source has him coming to Acadie in a Portuguese ship where he learned the Eastern Algonquian language.[ A Rouen merchant then kidnapped him in Portugal or in the East Indies and sold or lent him to de Monts as an interpreter.
In Holland
Mathieu da Costa was in Amsterdam, Holland, in February 1607. Apparently the Dutch had seized Du Gua's ships near Tadoussac in a trade dispute, and took Da Costa as well. His abduction strongly suggests that his talents helped bridge the gap between the Europeans and the First Nations of Canada.
Working for Du Gua
Less speculatively, French documents record him working for the leaders of Port Royal in 1608. In 1608 he was hired for three years by Pierre Du Gua de Monts. It may be assumed that Da Costa accompanied Du Gua de Monts and Samuel de Champlain on one or more of their voyages to Acadia and the St Lawrence area. However, in 1609, his presence is recorded in Rouen, France, and in a jail in Le Havre, France, in December, leaving the matter of a visit to Canada in that year open to question.
Du Gua's activities in Canada only ended in 1617 and a court case involving expenses incurred by Nicolas de Bauquemare of Rouen to support da Costa dragged on until 1619, though there is no positive indication that Mathieu da Costa was personally present.
In Canada, he likely travelled up the St. Lawrence River and worked at various locations along the Canadian Atlantic Coast. There is controversy as to how he had learned to communicate with the Aboriginals, with one answer being that the North American cultural context was very similar to the African one.
His translation and communication skills helped reduce the cultural gap between early French explorers and the First Nations. His work in Canada is honoured at the Port-Royal National Historic Site in Port Royal, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia.

Canada 2017 ?, sg?, scott?

ICE-BOAT on Sweden stamp 1979

In 1979 Sweden issued two stamps for Europa 1979 of which the 1.30 Kr shows us a two masted sail boat pulled over or through the ice. It is a mail-boat being rowed, pulled or sailed between Grisslehamn and Eckerö.
By the issues the Swedish Post gives:
Sea communications have traditionally been a great importance for Sweden’s contact with the outside world. The route over the Sea of Aland is mentioned in the 13th century and in 1564 a rate was set for the journey. In 1638 the Swedish postal route was extended to Finland. The traffic was organised in such a way that farmers on the Swedish and Finnish sides worked in pairs maintaining one boat and a crew of 8 -9 men. In the summer it was possible to go in open boats, but in the winter they used ice-boats pulled by ropes or pushed by wooden bars (rollers under) across the boat. The mail was kept in wooden baskets which could float ashore in case of a shipwreck.

Sweden 1979 1.30 Kr. sg995 scott1278.

20 DE JULIO (PZE-46)

Built as an offshore patrol vessel by Cotecmar, Cartagena, Columbia for the Ministry of National Defence of Columbia.
March 2009 laid down.
Launched as the 20 DE JULIO (PZE-46) One of the German Fassmer-OPV80 class.
Displacement 1,723 ton, dim. 80.60 x 13.00 x 3.80m. (draught)
Powered diesel electric by 4 Wärtsilä 6l.26 diesels, 4,800 bhp., twin shafts, 2 Azipod, speed 18 knots.
Range by as speed of 12 knots, 10,000 mile.
One Oto-Mellara twin hol/70 gun.
Crew 64 and accommodation for 36 troops.
03 February 2012 commissioned.

The ARC 20 DE JULIO (PZE-46) is a patrol boat of the exclusive economic zone of the Navy of the Republic of Colombia acquired 2010 as a fight against drug trafficking.
The unit is of the Fassmer-80 class was built in Cartagena, Colombia, under license. The German company Fassmer sells the worldwide license of this model.
The National Navy within the so-called Orion Project, in which it is necessary to continue with the development of the Coast Guard component, for these purposes, the Ministry of National Defense and the National Navy of Columbia signed a contract with COTECMAR for Licensing of designs and engineering. Basic, detailed engineering development, construction, testing and commissioning of a medium-sized patrol vessel.
In 2008 with serious regional threats, it was decided to change the type of ship to a PZEE (patrol of exclusive economic zone).
COTECMAR in turn and after a process where they received from several international shipbuilders offers, chose as design OPV Fassmer 80. This design, which is already in service in the Chilean Navy. Which had built on the shipyards of Asmar, Chile the patrol vessels PARDO 2 and COMMANDER TORO and MARINERO FUENTEABA, which is a patrol-craft of the Exclusive Economic Zone of 80 m of length and 13 m of beam, with an expected displacement of 1723 tons.
The Colombian Navy modified in some respects the original design, with the purpose of making it more flexible operationally, adapting it efficiently to the needs of the National Navy and making it basically an excellent support platform capable of fulfilling multiple tasks in a first range of Low-intensity conflicts.
Mission and Operations
Develop naval operations with the purpose of contributing to guarantee defense, security and protection in the maritime jurisdiction of the Caribbean naval force. The operations to which they can be assigned are:
Maritime support.
Surveillance of sovereignty.
Disaster help.
Environmental Protection.
Surface warfare in low intensity conflicts.
Personal transportation.
Cargo transportation.
Technical intelligence.
Naval air platform in NVG condition
2017 In service.

Columbia 2016 $10,000 sg?, scott?

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