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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Members suggestions for improvement of the website on: March 23, 2020, 04:51:54 pm
Also to be desired seems to be this:
Sorting options (now: newest or popular) should be augmented to include sorting alphabetically by name, and possibly by capture date, too, if that can be made to work sensibly.
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Members suggestions for improvement of the website on: March 23, 2020, 04:49:27 pm
High on my wishlist is this:
The character encoding standard should be extended to full UTF-8, at least (or whatever else it takes to send poor old ASCII into retirement). Correct French, Scandinavian, German etc. spelling should be possible and allowed. Encouraged, in fact. The current system is discriminatory and tends to lead to confusion.

3  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Multipurpose vessels on: July 24, 2019, 02:55:57 pm
It is easy to find examples of ships that might fit into more than one category simultanuously. I see for example squareriggged sailing ships (my personal hobbyhorse) categorized as auxiliaries, as passenger or cruiseships, as traditional sailing ships, too, of course, and what not else. (Incidently in some of these particular cases IMO numbers may not help to find them, either.)
Now, would it cause havoc if the concept of multiple categories for these were to be accepted?
I think not. The ship would still be unique (meaning uniquely identifiable), the category does not need to be exclusive.
Also, ships that change type and purpose in their career can already be found in one or the other category accordingly. That's as it should be. But only personal knowledge of the details can point you to "the other category". Showing relevant categories side by side might give much better information without any cost in functionality or clarity, I believe.
Just a thought.
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 22, 2018, 06:36:08 pm
The problem is certainly not gone away at all. It comes in a new flavour (now it's something about Windows font pack). This is Denmark, I use Firefox. Firefox leaves me in no doubt about the risk. It's not pleasant.
Maybe it's time to close the site for a while and give it a thorough scrub out, make it a safe site (https). Maybe even a cosmetic make-over while you are at it. It's beginning to show its age.
just my thoughts.
I wish you good luck with it.
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Up to € 135 m for German training vessel "Gorch Fock" on: March 21, 2018, 09:08:42 am
Restauration GORCH FOCK € 135 m, PEKING € 26 m. I know, the comparison is not entirely fair, but stating that doesn't diminish the staggering difference of € 109 m. You can get half a ULCS for that kind of money.
Compare: BAP UNION (2015,  MMSI 760105000, Peru) estimated building costs $ 60 - 70 m.
I don't know the figure for KRI BIMA SUCI (2017, IMO 9792319, Indonesia), but I would expect that to be in a similar region.
In the end, much more interesting than the shockingly high price for the GF would be the explanation of how this could be allowed to happen. Who failed to see what? Can structural weaknesses and deterioration of a ship really stay so utterly invisible to not allow a realistic assessment of the situation before it is too late?
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Crappy Stuff on Shipspotting dot Com on: October 22, 2016, 06:36:20 pm
Sad to say, the problem is very much alive and kicking on my android phone, based in Denmark.
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Hamburg on: July 08, 2016, 07:41:54 pm
Hamburg is a comparatively Shipspotter-friendly port. There are literary dozens of good spots.
It all depends on your preferences. A port cruise (Hafenrundfahrt) is always a good choice, if only to rest your legs for an hour and have a pint and still do shipspotting. It's a little overpriced, though.
For in-and-outgoing traffic Bubendeyufer is hard to beat. Take the ferry from Landungsbrücken to Finkenwerder. It's on the left bank, so the light is always ok.
Further downriver Blankenese and Lühesand are nice spots. The first one for fabulous surroundings (the wife will love it, and so will you), but the light may be tricky in bright sunshine, it's right bank. Lühe is in the heart of an extensive fruit plantation area with a marvellous view of the river in both directions (left bank).
If you are in an extravagant mood and have time enough on your hand you may want to consider a trip by fast ferry to Heligoland - up and down all the way from Hamburg to the German bight and back plus the unforgettable visit of a unique island. (It takes all day, mind you.)
Finding spots within the port area cruising in a car is possible, but for the initiated only. Even with a GPS set on board you may get lost.
Enjoy your stay, I am sure you will.
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Tall Ships Race 2016 Antwerp - any consequences for merchant shipping? on: July 08, 2016, 07:10:56 pm
The City Council or equivalent body may be the decision taker for hosting a TS event, but the port authority will always have a say in it, and that will forever be that they will not suffer major disruptions of their money making activites, i.e. commercial traffic. In Antwerp no serious problem in this respect seems likely. In Lisbon they may have to divert a cruise ship or two to Doca Alcantara, otherwise no big problems either. (The departure parades however may cause slight delays in the Schelde and in the Tejo, something lik 2 - 3 hrs for a handful of vessels.) As for traffic in the busy Southern North Sea and the British Channel - the Tall Ships will not be racing there. The start goes from somewhere near Torquay. From Antwerp to there no racing Tall Ship will get in the way of the commercial traffic in any undue manner.
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: DIGITAL STORAGE OF YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS on: June 06, 2016, 05:29:07 pm
Spot on Tom
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: DIGITAL STORAGE OF YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS on: June 05, 2016, 10:47:45 pm
For some major libraries it is standard procedure to copy all their digital stuff every five years or so. A huge workload, and expensive, but ment to preempt possible data loss caused by deterioration of the media used.
We may be living in the "information age", but we won't be around to hear future generations comment on how we handle and store information - maybe just as well.
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Side profiles of cruise ships on: December 16, 2015, 08:11:05 pm
Would this be of any use to you?

(challenging to navigate, but there's more than military vessels)


12  Shipspotters all over the world / Consultations and review of site standards / Re: Topic 7: Watermarks on: September 27, 2015, 05:35:31 pm
Watermarks should be unobtrusive and non-distracting, preferably placed near the edge of the photo. They should not interfere or encroach upon the main subject of the photo.

Nobody loves watermarks, but there are good reasons to accept them.

13  Shipspotters all over the world / Consultations and review of site standards / Re: Introduction - What it's all about - How to respond on: September 24, 2015, 08:41:17 am
It seems desirable to amend all the rules so as to give the admins a little more breathing space.
Occasionally, in the past, aggravation was caused by an admin actually taking refuge behind the rules. The excuse was seen that "the rules say so-and-so, therefore I had no other option than to delete". That way, unusual or somewhat controversial photos that caught the attention and interest of many members were taken down, regardless of loud and numerous protests.
Therefore a rule should not state squarely "...will be deleted". It should read "may be deleted", "may not be admitted" or something to that effect. That way the occasional exception will have the chance it deserves.
This site is about photographs that show ships to their best advantage. Sometimes that can be a little more tricky than even the best ruler or admin in the world could be able to foresee.
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / category for locations on: July 13, 2015, 02:02:34 pm
As if Derek & Derek and their team hadn't enough on their slate - still, I would like to propose a new category, "Shipspotting locations".
Members regularly seek advice about locations, and often they do get most valuable responses, I am sure. Right now the focus is on Vancouver, for example.
I've tried it myself, and I was truly grateful for the help I got from fellow members. But it is always an  ad hoc affair, usually without much relevance to others at the given time. What if I could search existing advice about locations? Wouldn't that be something! I know of a lot of good spots and I would gladly share information about them, if there was a somewhat formalized way of doing so. A category for map clippings, Google Earth overviews, driving directions, regulatory caveats and the like, with space for comments the way we are used to, would be great. Entries should be titled with recognizable location names only, and thus, suddenly, we would have a source of information for places to visit that would be perfectly unique and taylormade for our specific shipspotting needs.
Just a thought. . .
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Voyager of the Seas on: July 11, 2015, 08:11:07 pm
I noticed that there is a gap of about six months in the itinerary for the VOYAGER OF THE SEAS in 2016.
That might be due to an extensive stay in a shipyard, or, probably more likely, her being chartered out to some operator other then RCCL.
Does anyone know more about this?
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