My name is Mark Prummel. Born and raised in a small town in the North of the Netherlands, close to Delfzijl and the Winschoterdiep in Hoogezand, the nursery of the Dutch coasters. Since 2002 photographing general cargo ships and ferries on the Wadden Sea. Later I moved to the Arnhem region, close to the rivers Rhine and Waal and specialised in the smaller sea river coasters heading for Duisburg. This interest in coasters on the rivers resulted in the start of 2010 in the website SeaRiverShips.eu. Nowadays my family and friends still lives in the North, so my camera and I are still frequent visitors of the Ems-region.
Unfortunately: this is not the largest website with shipphotos. No tankers, no containerships or bulkers. Only general cargo ships and Wadden ferries. Why? Because they have my interest. I’m not the photographer who’s standing every free hour along the river or in the harbors, just to make much possible photos from all passing ships and posting them on social media for much as possible likes.
Good weather conditons and the right angle are necessary for me. Exceptions to this are launches and transports from the shipyards to open water: the one-off events in the life course of a ship. In wintertime and with bad weather I’m spending my time better in the data, history and any information I can find about the ships. Especially the fleets of the Delfzijl and Groningen based shipping companies have in this my attention.
Found a photo you like? Feel free to download him for your private collection. Commercial use and using on social media are possible, but contact me before by email for the conditions.
For now: have fun viewing the photos or searching for data.
Do you have an addition, correction, anecdote or something else you want to share? Feel free to contact me or talk to me if you see me at the waterside 😉
Contact me for any questions.
You can send me an email: mark.prummel(REMOVE)@gmail.com (to prevent spam, remove the correct word in parentheses in the email address).
All images are copyright and may not be reproduced on other websites and social media without my permission. Use the email address above to contact me. You may download photos for private collections only. For questions about the commercial use of photos, please indicate in advance where and for what purpose the photos will be used.
Sources and usefull links
Much data and information on this site below the photos is from my private collection and based on data from Scheepsfotoruilbeurs Nieuwsbrieven, European Sea River Ships books, Scheepvaartjaarboeken, Dansk Illustreret Skibsliste and Danmarks Skibsliste.
Special thanks to Frits Olinga, who learned me making better photos, for sharing his knowledge and all help since the first day I’m photographing ships.
Online resources and recommended websites
- Betty Nordgas – Website from maritime journalist and photographer Bent Mikkelsen
- jtashipphoto Fredericia – Denmark – Website from Jesper T. Anderson
- Fakta om Fartyg – Information about ferries
- Koopvaardij – Daily updates about Dutch sea-going ships and mutations
- Ship-DB – Information about all sea-going ships