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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: WEBSITE UPDATING on: Today at 04:32:06 pm
Quote from the Admin: To help keep a good focus, please give a new thread a specific title, and please do not group unrelated suggestions into a single thread.

Suggestion: Admin opens now a new thread called "Members suggestions for improvement of the website" and all members posts their comments in that one and not each idea a new thread.

Furthermore: members are NOT allowed to comment on the ideas of other members: it are the admin-team and ICT that evaluate them.


Pieter - editor
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Ghost ships on Marine Traffic on: January 16, 2020, 08:44:06 am
The reason is probably an error in the initial registration of the MMSI number 567001859.
The MMSI is used for tracking vessels, not the IMO, ENI or name.
The first two digits 56 belong to Thailand, Samoa and Singapore.
Because MMSI started for sea-going vessels but is now also used for inland vessels, I suppose the inland Thai vessel PATHARA is the guilty one.
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Photography locations: Cuxhaven and the Elbe on: December 18, 2019, 08:06:29 am
I stayed in a hotel at the inner harbour last year. Each day I drove to the area were the Elbe-ferry once was situated, called Steubenhoft at the Albert Ballin Platz. Free parking space and you have a good view on the vessels coming from sea and from Hamburg.  Close by is the old passenger terminal, now on level 2 (?) with a small restaurant, free museum and a free covered sitting area.
Across this quay is Alte Liebe, the wooden covered sitting area, also a good place to see the vessels passing but impossible to park your car (or very expensive). From this area also the harbour tour boats depart. The best in my opinion is the yellow STORTEBEKER: not so crowded and it goes also goes inside the industrial harbors.
I have never been to Kugelbake, seems a good spotting place as well, but parking seems difficult and far way from the water.
A nice day out was to the island Helgoland with the HELGOLAND: many vessels seen while underway.
Take a look first with Google Maps or Streetview.
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: LIVE AIS on: November 16, 2019, 11:22:13 am
Live tracking can also be done with

5  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Find ship application on: September 25, 2019, 11:15:39 am
Is anyone using on internet FLEETMON ?
Opinions about that one?
6  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?
7  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
8  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.
9  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.
10  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.
11  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
12  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:
13  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
14  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.

15  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
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