Photographer's Note

Behind seafront of Willemstad there's a huge natural harbour, Schottegat. This haven was actually the reason for founding colony on Curacao as a safe place away of pirates' eyes. Schottegat grew to a major harbour and shipyards area, and in the early 1900's a site for oil refinery of Shell. In 1950's the refinery employed more than 10000 people.
Nowadays Schottegat would no doubt be more valuable in service of tourism industry. But it is too late for that. Besides, mass tourism needs airplanes, and airplanes need fuel, and fuel supply requires oil refineries.
The refinery is nowadays leased to the Venezuelan oil company PDVSA. I wonder what it feels like to be dependent on anything Venezuelan these days...

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Additional Photos by Kari Tanskanen (ktanska) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4128 W: 60 N: 6640] (38457)
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