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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: February 28, 2020, 06:14:04 pm
What about adding more ports to the drop down menu port list.
From time to time a lot of comments and questions about it in the forum.
A lot of ports in different areas and countries around the world not covered, including countries without sea but with big river ports ( a bunch in Europe ) and of course big ports and new ones not covered, for example, in Canary Islands.
Well, think about it...
Regards.
ventuari
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Death of a fellow member on: June 13, 2019, 10:50:55 pm
Sad news.
Rest in peace Angel.
My condolences to his family and friends.
ventuari.
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Member Jadran on: October 23, 2018, 08:37:22 pm
Hi.
Sad news. Rest in peace my dear old friend Jadran. I will miss your nice shots from your balcony and also our long chats and conversations by mail.
Another good friend from Shipspotting its gone. He was 68 years old.
Rest in Peace my friend.
ventuari
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Spain's new submarine 'too big for its dock' on: July 19, 2018, 06:46:16 pm
Hi guys.

Well I need to say something about the BBC report posted before by our fellow member Robert.

It's simply that one of the journalist from the Spanish newspaper El Pais, without nothing else to write, because its too obvius..., Angry  forgot that the Cartagena Naval Base has more than 2.400 meters of available piers including 4 x 78 meters submarine piers from 1927. The BBC takes the info just out from Spanish El Pais newspaper.

The name of the journalist its Miguel Gonzalez and here its the link to the original article in Spanish https://elpais.com/politica/2018/07/17/actualidad/1531846944_777118.html

That its known long time ago ( 7 years ago, 2011 ), and the budget, 16 million Euros. Nothing new. The lengthening of the 4 x 78 meters docks and dredging of the actual pits 2 x 30 meters x 78 meters, included in the before mentioned budget, plus several new logistics sites, new facilities, workshops for torpedoes, batteries, etc, warehouses, new data, power, water, fuel, etc...connecting lines to the sub.docks, etc... for the new S/80 or S/80 Plus 4 units class. From the total budget of 16 million Euros, the major investment its for the 2 simulators, combat and platform, and its new buildings.

Actually the journalist its mixing...politically...oil and water...remember that in Spain all military/defence expenses or investments its like a taboo or bulls... for certain people, or better said, for certain characters.

Do you remember the cost for the British MOD the Portsmouth HMNB new pier facilities for the 2 new RN Aircraft Carriers...because they are really big, and needs a lot pier spaces, all kind of new services and logistics, etc...?,... well, the same with Spanish Navy Cartagena Submarine Base.

And by the way, the submarine base at Cartagena has a very interesting story.

In Spanish, easy to translate....

...En tiempos de Fernando VI se iniciaron en el muelle Norte de la dársena del Arsenal en Cartagena, las obras de construcción de 2 diques secos que fueron los primeros que existieron en el Mediterráneo. El primero construido en el año 1753 y el segundo en el año 1756. Tras el esplendoroso reinado de Carlos III y el ya decadente de Carlos IV, llego el nefasto de Fernando VII y con él la postración de la Marina. Los diques cayeron en desuso, pudriéndose las puertas de madera y destartalándose las bombas de achique. Frente a los diques existía el edificio destinado a la maestranza y Sala de Galitos del Arsenal cuya construcción data de mediados del siglo XVIII. Aquella edificación fue destina a ubicar la Base y Escuela de Submarinos, con los alojamientos, almacenes y cuartel de marinería. Por su parte, los inservibles diques secos fueron habilitados como muelles de atraque para submarinos entre 1925 y 1927. Actualmente conocidos familiarmente como "fosas".

MBregards.
ventuari
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Ken Smith, President Emeritus on: July 06, 2018, 12:03:05 am
Sad news.

Rest in peace my old friend. One of the Shipspotting fathers.

My condolences to his family and closest friends.

Several sad and bad news lately for us, friends and fellow members of this community.

ventuari

6  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / FGS Sachsen F219 incident. on: July 02, 2018, 02:51:21 pm
        
 Hi guys.

      German Navy Frigate SACHSEN F219. During exercices at North Sea, one SM-2 missile explode  
      on the fore deck after the failure of the vertical launcher (the missile did not leave  
      the silo where it is housed ). The launcher's shield prevented major damage. There are 2
      injured crew members and significant material-structural damage in the affected area.  
      Incident happened 2 weeks ago. The photo shows the moment of the huge explosion.

      MBregards.
      ventuari

      Photo Credit: Twitter

7  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Would you give up your hobby for a woman ? on: July 18, 2017, 08:12:10 pm
Hi MattyBoy my friend.

Well, well, well, what an interesting topic... Smiley. Still after 27 years (married) I have my hobbies intact and alive. No special secret or else. As other fellow members get different points of view ( as they commented before), I think, at least in my case, negotiation and some psychology... Grin Cool.

For example, when we travel I discuss first the destinations...( of course, some sea water smell places included. At least one, or two, or three...jajaja. And some without and really inland places for her. Some times we agree and go together, others negotiate, and others we split to different places.

Included in negotiations: Shipspotting, naval or maritime museums, naval memorials or else for me... Roll Eyes and...shopping centers, malls, churches, museums, or else for her... Cool

That means that some days (vacation or just trips )abroad we are kilometers away from each other doing what we both like. Simple. I enjoy my hobbies and she enjoy hers...

You know what I hate more, walking down the street watching shops windows and each 5 minutes..."wait, wait, wait for me 1 minute Im going inside to see something"...( that famous 1 minute inside the shop in real time is no less than 15 to 20, minimun... Huh)  And thats the life my friend. What else you can do but just wait outside. But...when negotiations come to the table, I remember her the total time I was stand outside hundreds of shops waiting... Grin and thats it.

So finally, the answer to your main question is NO. Its your hobby, but negotiates and applies some psychology. For sure she has her own hoobies too.

The best for you my friend.
MBregards.
ventuari
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Ferry Volcan de Tamasite blackout & smashed pier at Las Palmas. Photos & Videos on: June 09, 2017, 11:02:29 am
Hi.

The ferry Volcan de Tamasite back to service. Fast and on time repairs at ASTICAN, Las Palmas.

Two shots with the repairs finished and back to the water.

Photo Credits to Pedro de la Fuente.



9  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Ferry Volcan de Tamasite blackout & smashed pier at Las Palmas. Photos & Videos on: April 26, 2017, 12:46:04 pm
Hi guys.

Update. Working fast at ASTICAN shipyards, Las Palmas.

Photo Credits to Pedro de la Fuente.



MBregrads.
ventuari
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Ferry Volcan de Tamasite blackout & smashed pier at Las Palmas. Photos & Videos on: April 24, 2017, 03:00:22 pm
Hi Rick my friend.

Well, no problem with "Reina Sofia" pier. The accident was at the Nelson Mandela pier ( La Esfinge area behind the shipyards) at the new port area.

Stand by Rick.

MBregards.
ventuari
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Ferry Volcan de Tamasite blackout & smashed pier at Las Palmas. Photos & Videos on: April 23, 2017, 09:48:46 pm
Hi again.

Here some shots of Volcan de Tamasite at ASTICAN Shipyard, Sunday Apr.23, 2017

Photo Credits to Pedro de la Fuente.





MBregards.
ventuari
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Ferry Volcan de Tamasite blackout & smashed pier at Las Palmas. Photos & Videos on: April 23, 2017, 09:45:20 pm
Hi.

Agree with you Frans. The speed almost 9,9 Knots seconds before the impact...rudder blocked to portside after the Blackout and so on...on Apr.21. Besides the huge and strong impact seems not  to much damage

Yesterday Apr. 22, Volcan de Tamasite was moved to ASTICAN shypyards. Last night was dry on the syncrolift yard area ready to be repaired ( Naviera Armas really fast move...). Works started today Apr 23.

Well, more info and shots about the accident.









13  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Ferry Volcan de Tamasite blackout & smashed pier at Las Palmas. Fotos & Videos on: April 22, 2017, 11:25:14 am
Hi Frans.

You're welcome.

By the way, they are now trying to contain the oil products spill ( 3 kms x 400 meters) around 200 Tons after the breaking of shore pipelines..

The ferry docked on its own (power) an hour after the collision.

Some more photos after the ferry docked back at La Esfinge Terminal, Las Palmas Port.

Credit of the shots to Elvira Urquijo, Agencia EFE.





14  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Ferry Volcan de Tamasite blackout & smashed pier at Las Palmas. Photos & Videos on: April 22, 2017, 10:46:20 am
Hello guys.

Last evening Apr.21, when the Ferry Volcan de Tamasite was just leaving La Esfinge terminal at Las Palmas Port, bound for Santa Cruz de Tenerife, suffered a blackout.

The problem was that the blackout happened when was turning to port just outside the pier entrance. So the vessel keeps turning to port (the crew dropped the anchor) almost doing a 180... until the fore struck the outer concrete pier protection and smashed and broke it partially, together with several oil products pipelines and a couple of cars and trucks at the pier...

Well, better watch the videos and photos at the gallery. Links in Spanish:

In the first link, watch full size-screen the first video at the right side...Interesting.

http://www.laprovincia.es/sucesos/2017/04/21/ferry-control-140-pasajeros-destroza/930979.html:

Photos:

http://www.canarias7.es/multimedia/galeria.cfm?id=19998&n=4  

MBregards.
ventuari

15  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Ship search - Trijillo (possibly Trujillo) on: March 18, 2017, 10:50:01 pm
Hi Bob

I think this is the one : "TRUJILLO" Lake Tanker Type( Credit and CopyR. of the photos to their authors )

And more photos, stories and data at:

http://www.lago-colony.com/THE_LAKE_TANKER/TANKER.htm

Hope its the one and the best for you and your friend.

MBregards.

ventuari




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