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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: searching on photographer on: August 30, 2019, 12:44:02 pm
I think and hope that this is a temporary thing for the website.
In the past it has happened before but was working again after a few days.
In last days more functions do not work properly and again strange error messages.
Hopefully all temporary problems for the website?
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Free register on internet for inland vessels? on: August 08, 2019, 12:54:46 pm
Why is there no free to use register about (European) inland vessels to be found on the internet. Compared to sea going vessels with Equasis etc, the inland section is very difficult to find.
There is the register of Dutch "De Binnenvaart", but that is maintained by volunteers that only register information that other volunteers provide.
There is the IVR register, but although the Internationale Vereniging Rijnschepenregister is semi-govermental, it is closed for non-members.
In detail I am looking for the owner of the river cruiseship DE AMSTERDAM, eni 05113920, ex LALE ANDERSEN, homeport Oberwesel in Germany.
So far I only found one company at Oberwesel: Aquatel Reederei (mr Klaus Sahr), but their fleet is nowhere mentioned.
Anyone any info? Thanks, Pieter Inpyn
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Ijmuiden photo locations on: August 04, 2019, 10:37:10 am
Velsen / Ymuiden is a difficult area to make good pictures, because of the many wind turbines, factory chimneys and Tata Steelworks in nearly every background, standing of the south side of the canal.
Most visited for shipspotting is Sluisplein, near the DFDS ferry terminal, free parking.
Then there is Pontplein, were the ferry Velsen-Noord/Zuid is situated (ferry is not free), free parking.
Difficult site is Vlissingenstraat near the Felison Cruise Terminal, shipping can be seen but you have to climb a rocky breakwater first.
Rather good site is Velserdijk in Velsen-Zuid, you can sit alongside of the canal and see the ships at distance in the locks, arrivals from Amsterdam are difficult to see (just pop up behind trees), free parking.
Best site is the southern breakwater, but you have to pay for parking and the parking area is closer to the beach than the breakwater.
Note that to road across the three sea locks is closed towards Beverwijk and Velsen-Noord because of construction of a new fourth lock. Therefore the former good viewing points between the locks cannot be reached anymore.
Take a look first with Google Maps / Streetview for position of the streets, parkings zones, etc.
Note that to compared to Rotterdam and Antwerp areas the shipping is much less: one vessel every hour is a good day.
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Tarifa - Straits of Gibraltar on: July 23, 2019, 09:11:20 am
I have never been there, but after a look with google maps I do not think it is a good place for shipspotting. The waters between Spain and Morocco are 10 kilometers wide, so the ships pass far away from the shore and furthermore: the sun is mostly south, so straight towards a camera: not good for photos.
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Deletions on: July 21, 2019, 05:29:14 pm
I do understand what Simonwp says: as editor I see sometimes pictures marked for deletion that I personally do not find a problem. I have noticed several times that digital and non-digital (so scanned) pictures have to comply with the same quality rules. That is impossible: old glossy B/W can be scanned very sharp, but colored old ones can seldom be scanned very sharp, because the photographic paper in those days was not glossy or had a dot-structure. The same with old slides: colors changed over the years, fade away. A third difficult category are the historical photo's, often of low quality because they were taken in the rush of the moment. Maybe the Admin-team should have more consideration with older and historical photo's. And by the way to Simonwp: I like your scanned old slides, I have seen those vessels in the days that ships were ships instead of floating boxes.
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Deletions on: July 21, 2019, 06:06:55 am
Point taken but it would be nice that if an editor sent several PM's to a member, he gets a reply.
Regards, Pieter
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Carnival Vista and Boka Vanguard on: July 13, 2019, 04:21:00 pm
I did not understand these two messages, untill I found this on the internet:
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: define classification of charter-passenger vessel on: June 11, 2019, 03:33:25 pm
On this website the category "passenger vessels" is the leading item for many subcategories and not a single defined category.
On this website the category "passenger vessels" is defined as for more than one passenger carrying vessel on the photo.

So for instance a ferry and a cruise ship, or a harbourtourboat and a yacht in one picture.

The first subcategory is called "cruise ships", defined as more than one cruise ship in the photo.

All other vessels has to be posted in the several subcategories such as cruise ships year1-year2, ferries, motor yachts, etc.

It is the responsibility of the poster / member to post into the appropriate category.

I have spent early this year many days in cleaning the leading category "passenger ships" and moving all single-ship-photo's to the approcriate category (by agreement with the webmasters)

Regards  Pieter  editor
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: 1978 blt sisters Isis & Burhou I - Update on: June 10, 2019, 02:08:40 pm
CORNELIGUE was still laid-up at 's-Gravendeel near Dordrecht mid May 2019, see my photo while passing on a river cruise ship:

In that same area are vessels waiting to be scrapped.

10  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Columbus on: June 04, 2019, 07:05:14 am
I was on this cruise. At departure from Amsterdam cruise terminal on Thursday, the ship turned to fast around and nearly hit the opposite quay. After passing the sea locks at Ymuiden, was moored at the cruise terminal for six hours but left for Norway after diver inspection. Next day at 23.45 hours it was announced that because of steering problems, the cruise was cancelled (was that full day sailing at 17.5 knots). Turned around in the night and back to Ymuiden at 11.5 knots. Arrival sunday morning and again moored at Ymuiden cruise terminal. Dutch and German passengers transferred to Amsterdam train station on Monday morning, about 1.200 British and other passengers today / Tuesday by busses over Calais to Tilbury. Sad to read now that also the next cruise is cancelled. Passengers were told several times that the vessel "hit an object under water" and "cancelled because of a minor technical problem". CMV is a good cruise firm, after been several times on their Magellan and one cruise on Marco Polo, this was my first with Columbus (but certainly not my last).
Pieter Inpyn
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: wants to show messages? on: April 07, 2019, 06:08:44 am
Same with me (Netherlands) on Windows 7, several times in both German and English.
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Database error: to many connections on: April 02, 2019, 01:22:46 pm
I was not able to visit the website yesterday (1st April) whole day and today (2nd April) untill 14.00 h.
Seeing the number of pic's uploaded on both days, not all members had this problem.
The message "Database error: to many connections" I do receive each day in the morning around 09.30 hours for years now.
I would like very much that the webmasters give some information about this message.
Regards, Pieter
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Amsterdam-Hook of Holland on: February 14, 2019, 09:52:15 am
Some information about Hoek van Holland: the sun is most of the day straight in your face and therefore it is difficult to make good pictures.
At Hoek van Holland you see all the vessels to Rotterdam area but not to Europoort. For the vessels bound for Europoort you need the walk to the end of the long mole. That is sometimes not possible with high tide and strong winds.
For vessels only to/from Rotterdam-area better stay at Maassluis and take the ferry to Rozenburg, just about one Euro for a pedestrian. On the other side the sun is at your back: better pictures.
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Marine Traffic no more full size pictures? on: October 09, 2018, 01:53:58 pm
Anyone have any idea why MarineTraffic does not allow any longer to open pictures in full screen? It is not functioning for a week now. 
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Consultations and review of site standards / Re: Catagory standards on: August 13, 2018, 08:20:46 am
Instead of this general statement, can you mention some examples? The members, admins and editors put a lot of effort in the correct categories, with the IMO as guide line and the IMO guides us back to the official databases like Fairplay, Lloyds, Veritas, etc.
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