At 1:21PM we moored just a kilometer (0,6 miles) downstream of the deep lock at a place called Arques. On the main channel, which means to tie the ship as firm as possible because the passing commercials will make life a bit rough. As the bollards are on a distance just too far away apart for the length of our ship we choose for a sturdy looking fence and tied two breast lines and two spring lines. There was absolutely no possibility to attach head- and stern lines, simply because bollards are lacking or too far away. We can assure you that pins are absolutely insufficient most of the time, certainly here. We absolutely wanted this spot, as there was electricity. The ropes proved strong enough, we can reveal. Sometimes the force, created by the passing boats (70 to 90 meters long, fully laden) was overwhelming. The owner of the two connected boats visible behind us, each around 39 meters -130 feet- long (a ‘pousseur’), walked his dog and as usual we said ‘bonjour’ to him. He answered in Dutch and, though locally born and a French citizen, he appeared to be one of the few –the older generation- that still speaks French as well as Dutch. After all, we are here in French-Flanders, historically a Flemish/Dutch speaking area.