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1  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
2  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.

3  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
4  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.
5  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
6  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.
7  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. 
8  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.
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 26, 2018, 07:25:02 am
About Norton: still warns me that it is a dangerous site but I resume working on the site daily without any other problems. Sometimes an exe with .ru - extension tries to start but Norton removes it straight away. After that Norton still reports no problems on my PC.
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 22, 2018, 07:04:59 pm
Many members still report problems with the site. But why do we not hear any status report about solving the problems from the technical team?

Why has the site owner not intervened by now with technical support and / or money to solve the problems?

I am using Norton that gives me the "not safe"-warning, but I can access the site after the warning without any further problems. Does that mean that Norton has flagged the website internally for ever as "not safe"?

Questions, questions, questions, now the answers please?

11  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 08, 2018, 04:49:24 pm
I had this morning from SS the error message that Java Plug-in 8.-something was missing. Did an update on Java and problem disappeared right away.
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Notification when photo edited/moved? on: March 03, 2018, 04:42:24 pm
As far as I know there is a message sent in case a photo is removed / deleted.
Being a photo-correction-editor myself: sending also a message in case of editing a photo is a lot of extra work. There are days that I correct 50+ names, IMO, categories, etc. !
A lot of "mistakes" can be corrected by the members by them self by using the button "this ship" after posting, errors in names or IMO or category are seen that way within seconds.
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Just booked a cargo cruise with CMA CGM. Advice for a great trip? on: February 25, 2018, 09:23:50 am
I did make one trip for a week in the Baltic with a ro-ro-vessel. Compared to cruising I did find the facilities (the cabin) very basic but that was fine with me: it was a working vessel. But:
Deck space very limited: only a short walk possible on an accommodation deck. Do take care that you are not locked out outside by accident while you are making outside a picture of a passing vessel. It happened to me and it was one hour later before the next crewmember did see me outside in the freezing cold.
Take some movies on digital devices with you: the crew is very grateful for seeing something new. Television-channels on board very limited or total non-European rubbish.
Also big ships have small crews that are either working or sleeping. Days at sea can be lonely: take books or other entertainment with you and maybe leave them on board for the crew.
Know in advance what you are allowed to bring on board on cigarettes and alcohol. And additional insurance is maybe required, because medical evacuation is sometimes not included in the normal medical / travel insurances.
And CMA CGM is a French company: do you know some of the language, English may not be spoken by every crew member.
Just some remarks.
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Spotting in Zeebrugge on: January 03, 2018, 09:58:39 am
Would like to add about public transport: there is a tramway all along the Belgian coast from French border up to nearly Netherlands border. At Zeebrugge is follows the road N34, in the city itself along N34a. Name is "kusttram". Dayticket 8 Euro, see:
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Spotting in Zeebrugge on: January 02, 2018, 10:39:51 am
I have been to Zeebrugge several times and it was fun in the periode that there were no fences everywhere. Because like in every port in the world it is now all fenced up. It is possible to go by car to the P&O ferry terminal but all you see is the ferry behind a fence. Behind the locks there is a large industrial area with quays but again all closed for sightseeing and long distances to drive, forget to walk it. Zeebrugge is mainly a ro/ro-port: a few ro/ros in the outer harbor and maybe a few cargovessels or vehiclescarriers behind the locks. Maybe a gastanker at the plant in the outer harbor. Between the ferry terminal and the locks is a short promenade with a view to a containerterminal and a few tugs. You need a car, forget public transport. Take a look first on the internet with Google Maps or Streetview, walk virtually in the streets and area. Then you see the distances and the possibilities.
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