Monday 14 May 2012: Turning point
Early morning I went to work and saw this immense cruise boat entering. That means: the Costa Deliziosa was turning about 75 meters from the Citygarden, ready to dock at the Passengers Terminal nearby. Quite often we can see this 180 degree turn even from our own window at Java Island, Amsterdam. It takes place at the river IJ, near the Central Station. Nowadays this location is just a turning point. In the old days the Kompaseiland 500 m east was used for ships to turn and degauss (correct) their compasses. The ships have become bigger: the IJ is completely blocked by a cruise boat anno 2012. The biggest cruise ship that comes here is the Queen Victoria, with a length of almost 300 mtr. See my blip folio PTA for more, including a shot from the other side of the ship.
The IJ is connected with the North Sea by the Noordzee Kanaal (1876). The sea locks are in IJmuiden.