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16  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Photographs on this site on: May 17, 2015, 11:31:56 pm
one has to ask oneself, who in gods name would go out and take pictures when they know already they can not upload them.
I, for one.
17  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Photographs on this site on: May 17, 2015, 08:56:24 pm
For me there can be no doubt whatsoever that Simon, Pieter and quite a few others, who occasionally stick there neck out to highlight what they conceive as problems or shortcomings with this site, are absolutely serious about it and deserve to be met with respect. They may be wrong or they may be right, but shouting them down is not the right way to respond. Hinting that "common sense" may not be theirs, for example, is neither fair nor acceptable. It's ok to say I don't agree. It's not ok to say you are daft.
Uwe
18  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Supporter memberships launched on: February 18, 2015, 02:31:57 pm
If only you had charged one pound for every derogatory remark made on this site about the looks of modern cruise ships  - you'd all be rich now ;-)

That not being the case, I suppose your new idea is a good one.

cheers
Uwe
19  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: CHANGE OF RULE FOR MULTIPLE PHOTOGRAPHS on: November 04, 2014, 03:09:45 pm
Too many photos? Redundancies? A few random examples:

AZURA, cruise liner, 299 pics,
CAP SAN DIEGO, museum ship, 268 pics,
IDA RAMBOW, feeder, 261 pics,
CRESTWAY, dredger, 190 pics
QUEEN ELIZABETH 2, 815 pics (!)

It is not possible to investigate this systematically.
But there is no doubt that some ships are spotted "too often", just because they are frequent visitors in ports with many active shipspotters.
The situation is a wee bit lopsided indeed.
cheers

Uwe
20  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: shipspotting in Piraeus on: August 23, 2014, 11:20:57 am
Thank you, Jukka, too late or not. I heeded Petros' recommendations, found them good and useful, and went away with good pics of much of what I came for, including the GOLDEN IRIS.
In fact, in recent years I have visited (with a view on spotting ships in the mediterraean area) Istanbul, Dubrovnik, Barcelona and now Piraeus. Each destination has its own challenges, all are very rewarding indeed. (Istanbul is safely on the top of the list, though.)

cheers

Uwe
21  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: from Liberty to Triple E on: August 23, 2014, 10:40:12 am
Well, this will remain rather inconclusive, it seems.
Too many ships, too many series spitting out too many units too fast. It would be quite impossible to keep track of all that.

One or two conclusions may be allowed, though.
The WWII series numbering 2.700 and 500+ units are still unbeaten so far, but they are, except for the Libertys, now being challenged.

Although I am from Denmark I have no emotional ties or other to the Triple Es, nor to MAERSK for that matter. But I can not help being awed by the sheer size of the project. Four million GT! That still places these ships among the top ten in history. Now convert this to numbers of crewmembers handling the amount of goods carried per type (tons per person, even taking crew on leave into consideration). . .

below appears my previous list slightly updated.
(Sorry for the appalling formatting, I can't make html formatting work.)

greetings

Uwe

Type            number - avg. size(GT) - number*size - example
Liberty            2.710    7.000  18.970.000  Hellas Liberty
Victory              531    7.000   3.717.000  American Victory
T2                 < 500   10.000   5.000.000  Amoco Virginia
C1-A                  67    5.000     335.000  Wairata
C1-B                  95    7.000     665.000  Flying Enterprise (not in Shipspotting)
C1-M                 233    4.000     932.000  Rio Dale
C2                   325    7.000   2.275.000  Charles E. Dant
C3                   465    8.000   3.720.000  Mormacland
C4                    75   12.000     900.000       
                     
                     
post WWII:                     
SDARI Dolphin 57     450   33.000  14.850.000  APJ Kais
SDARI Dolphin 64     372   36.000  13.392.000  Amber Champion
SD14                 211    9.000   1.899.000  Lotus Island
Imabari            > 200   17.000   3.400.000  Eastern Cape
Tsuneishi Kamsarmax  192   43.000   8.256.000  Saita I
Mitsui 56            176   36.000   6.336.000  Clipper Excelsior
TESS 58              172   32.000   5.504.000  Lowlands Patrasche
green dolphin 38      80           
triple E              20  195.000   3.900.000  Matz Maersk
TESS 98                ?   53.000              GL Xiushan
crown 63               ?           
22  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: from Liberty to Triple E on: August 20, 2014, 10:51:00 am
Thanks Phil
Truly interesting.
I juggled a little with what information I now have:

Type            number - avg. size(GT) - number*size - example
                     
Liberty            2.710    7.000  18.970.000  Hellas Liberty
Victory              531    7.000   3.717.000  American Victory
T2                 < 500   10.000   5.000.000  Amoco Virginia
C1-A                  67    5.000     335.000  Wairata
C1-B                  95    7.000     665.000  Flying Enterprise (not in Shipspotting)
C1-M                 233    4.000     932.000  Rio Dale
C2                   325    7.000   2.275.000  Charles E. Dant
C3                   465    8.000   3.720.000  Mormacland
C4                    75   12.000     900.000       
                     
                     
post WWII:                     
SDARI Dolphin 57     450   33.000  14.850.000  APJ Kais
SDARI Dolphin 64     372   36.000  13.392.000  Amber Champion
SD14                 211    9.000   1.899.000  Lotus Island
Tsuneishi Kamsarmax  192   43.000   8.256.000  Saita I
Mitsui 56            176   36.000   6.336.000  Clipper Excelsior
TESS 58              172   32.000   5.504.000  Lowlands Patrasche
green dolphin 38      80            
triple E              20  195.000   3.900.000  Matz Maersk
TESS 98                ?   53.000              GL Xiushan
crown 63               ?            


Obviously this is nowhere near authoritive, but it gives things a bit of perspective.

cheers

Uwe
23  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / from Liberty to Triple E on: August 19, 2014, 01:24:21 pm
I stumbled upon a question that may take a little effort and possibly debate to answer.

What are the largest series of similar ships in history?

Obviously the Liberty and Victory ships would rank highly here. So would the T2 tankers and C1 freighters, I guess, and the SD14's, Hansa A/B/C, and many others. Russia (or the USSR) and China have certainly numerous huge "classes" that may be a little difficult to verify.

Anyway, would it be possible to get an idea of the actual numbers within these series, and put them into some kind of ranking order?

Where would the 20 Triple E's come in here? (Probably not even within the top 50, unless one takes the accumulated tonnage into consideration also.)

Uwe
24  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Rising sea level,s,,,those jokers are serious scientist's ? on: August 15, 2014, 09:18:18 am
How about this:
 
"Ice sheets contain enormous quantities of frozen water. If the Greenland Ice Sheet melted, scientists estimate that sea level would rise about 6 meters (20 feet). If the Antarctic Ice Sheet melted, sea level would rise by about 60 meters (200 feet)."

(According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, Colorado)
see http://nsidc.org/cryosphere/quickfacts/icesheets.html

I find that kind of math quite unfathomable. I wish I could make it work in favour of my bank account.

cheers

Uwe
25  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Possible Malware - Invitations for Java Updates on: July 10, 2014, 04:21:08 pm
Reasonable efforts to protect oneself against malware is on thing.
But maybe shipspotting.com would want to think about a reasonable code of conduct for the advertisers, same as they are ever so busy with the code of conduct for the members.

greetings

Uwe
26  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: best shipspotting and popular tourist destinations [where?...] on: June 01, 2014, 03:00:08 pm
If you go to Istanbul you'll be spoiled rotten.
Fascinating town, lots to see, lots to do, good food, good fun - all that is for the both of you.
Prices from certainly affordable to Sultan standard.
AND - an incredibly large number of ships of all kinds, in good and varied surroundings, good lighting, good weather.
After Istanbul everything else will pale, so maybe you should not go there just yet :-)

cheers

Uwe
27  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: shipspotting in Piraeus on: January 23, 2014, 10:28:46 am
Thanks to Peter, Pieter and Tim for your suggestions.

The most challenging thing to do still seems to be to get a good view of those cruiseliners that dock at the cruise terminal on the south side of the port.
And it seems no boat will take me there.

greetings

Uwe
28  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / shipspotting in Piraeus on: January 19, 2014, 07:22:59 pm
I'll possibly be in Piraeus for a couple of days in July. It would be nice if I could catch some of the cruiseliners that visit the port. But it seems to me that that may be a rather difficult thing to achieve.

I suppose the breakwaters (like the one seen here: http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1938599) are totally inaccessible for a shorebased person. Am I right?

I did not find any hint of sightseeing boats cruising the port. Are there any at all?

Where would one want to position oneself to shoot the big ships on their way in or out of the port?

Any suggestion or hint would be much appreciated.

greetings

Uwe

29  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Taking a break on: May 26, 2013, 07:40:48 pm
Dear Tropic,

The sad irony is that the oh so trigger happy admins have actually been doing a pretty good job for quite some time now (not counting a few laughable exceptions, like "dog in foreground"...).
Keeping the lid on this site takes some sound judgement. Far too many extremely boring pics still pass muster, but "boring" is not and must not be part in the rules. Still, the admins are trying their best, it seems, and it works.
Having said that I can not but agree with you that a lack of democratic thinking on the part of some of the governors is rather aggravating.
Taking on the responsibility of administrator (voluntarily, remember!) entails the plight to stand up to criticism endlessly. "I don't want to hear of it any more" is hardly a respectable response (right Ken and Phil?).

cheers

Uwe

30  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Deletions again on: April 25, 2013, 02:24:56 pm
Phantom53 may have a point, however, the standard of acceptable photos 50 years ago was often considerably lower than what we can expect today. Modern equipment, even for little money, offers color, decent sharpness, zoom, etc. and - most important - ease-of-handling. "Old" photos should therefore be allowed a little more leeway, even if the tip of the bow might be invisible (or whatever other minor blemish there might be).
Purists and modernists will certainly cry murder, though.

cheers

Uwe
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