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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: MV SYLVIA on: October 25, 2021, 07:02:14 pm
Looking at ShipAIS' history option, it would appear that she was 9166467 (MMSI: 236644000 - GIB).

I have no other confirmation, but have no reason whatsoever to doubt that site.

Hope this helps,

Best Regards

Tom
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Home page problems on: March 09, 2021, 09:43:34 am
Finding all OK on both Edge and Chrome.  I always shutdown over night so that would have cleared any local cache problems should that be the issue.

Cheers

Tom
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: DNV on: March 08, 2021, 11:30:42 pm
Hi Allan,

I've had the same issue for much of today but it is now working OK, I've added a summary of what I did on the Home Page Problems conversation which seems to cover the same thing.

Hope it is of some consolation that you are not alone with this issue,

Best regards

Tom
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Home page problems on: March 08, 2021, 11:22:39 pm
Hi,

1) I've had a DNS error every time I logged into the home page using Chrome all day.  I was searching for something else using Edge and it gave a direct link to the photo of the ship I was looking for.  On the Edge session, I clicked to go back to the home page and it worked OK.

2) with the Edge session running in background, I went back onto Chrome and still got the same error so I copied the home page URL from the Edge screen and pasted it into the Chrome screen and it worked successfully.

3) I ended the Chrome session and since then have been able to get straight back in successfully.  My theory is that the error page was activated earlier today and was possibly held in cache which I accessed each time I tried to get to the home page, and by re-typing the url manually I managed to clear the issue here.

So it may be that others need to manually enter the URL to get it working, or it could be that I was just lucky.

I hope this helps,

Thank you - keep safe and well,

Tom
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: 1978 blt sisters Isis & Burhou I - Update on: December 30, 2020, 10:48:17 am
Looks like BURHOU now south of Portland (UK) with AIS showing ETA Vilagarcia 16:00 Jan 02.  Her present course could indicate a call in the Tor Bay area around sunset, possibly sheltering.  My AIS shows Panamanian flag, call sign HO7618, with a mmsi of 355369000.  However the IMO I'm picking up is showing as 7726900 which is an invalid one, which may of course be an issue with my system as MT still shows her as 7726897.

Best regards for the New Year,

Tom
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: posting historic photographs - policy question on: December 22, 2020, 10:55:19 pm
As this title contains 'Historical Photographs' I thought I would add a cautionary tale.

In the period 1950s-1980s my father was a photographer in business in Teignmouth (U.K).  He would take photographs of ships at the local port and because of UK Purchase Tax law was only allowed to sell to ships crews or shipping related companies.  A couple of years ago, I found a copy of one of his photos on a Dutch Coaster website, not credited to him.  All photographs sold were stamped on the reverse side with a copyright stamp but of course the act of scanning does not record the back of photographs.  I contacted the site concerned and was told that this issues was under the remit of a US company that maintained the site content.  When I contacted the US company, they said that they would change the details but only after I had sworn an affidavit in a US court.  Obviously I did not pursue this.

Experience with other sites has often worked well, usually I offer some additional info on the actual photo circumstances to show thanks.

I have several thousand photos taken by my father and myself, but not uploaded them to any site because I find that the copyright issue is too stressful to resolve should someone choose to violate it.

Even so, some photographs still find their way into books published by reputable publishers, mainly because they are wrongly advised that someone else holds the copyright.

Best regards for Christmas and the New Year, keep safe and well,

Tom
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Consultations and review of site standards / Re: Category standards: Harbour overview on: November 01, 2020, 11:53:19 am
I'm aware that increasing the number of categories is not everyone's favourite idea. However I relate to the photograph of the QUEEN ELIZABETH as I visited that location on one of my earliest shipping trips to view her and visit the Ocean Terminal (1964).  To avoid such historical photos being deleted, perhaps the existing category could be renamed 'Harbour Views' with subcategories as 'Harbour Overviews' and 'Historical Harbour Scenes' or 'Historical Berth Scenes'.

I'm not sure of the logistics that would be required, but initially all the existing uploads could be transferred to the new Overview sub-category and the Berth category populated going forward.

Many thanks- best regards

Tom

8  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Equasis on: October 25, 2020, 01:37:59 pm
I'm able to find yachts aka houseboats on Equasis this morning, so as Allan commented, this may have only been an upgrade or temporary situation.

Best regards

Tom

9  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Ex: Bird class patrol vessels on: May 15, 2020, 09:17:22 am
Hi Robert,
I used to visit Southampton regularly in the 1990s.  Checking through my records the only patrol boats I recorded in the Itchen were 'P513' and 'P514', (Jan 1996) which I have no further details.  Not sure if this helps.  These numbers seem well outside the range of those used by the RN at that time.  They could have been the two that I saw in Antwerp a few years ago.

Best regards

Tom
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Your worst memory when you were trying to spot or take pictures of the ships? on: May 01, 2020, 10:18:25 pm
Travelled 40+ miles to Calshot in Hampshire (UK) to photograph a Shell VLCC leaving Fawley and just got there in time, only to find I had forgotten my camera!!

Best regards

Keep Safe and Well

Tom
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: SAND SWAN (ex South Coast Dredger) on: February 26, 2020, 08:38:45 pm
Klaipeda was showing as her port of registration when at anchor off Brixham.  I believe her IMO is/was 6913510, her old call sign (LR 2014-2015) was LYTH although Equasis currently shows her flag and call sign as being unknown.  Overnight, she should pass south of Poole where she had been built in 1970.

Best regards

Tom
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / SAND SWAN (ex South Coast Dredger) on: February 26, 2020, 02:13:33 pm
Hi,

The Marine & Towage Services Group's tug MTS VICTORY has just sailed from Tor Bay with the old sand dredger SAND SWAN in tow for Leith to be broken up (AIS ETA showing as 02 March 2020 at midday).  They have been anchored off Brixham for a couple of weeks after arriving there from Liverpool.

Best regards

Tom
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Lloyds List on: April 18, 2019, 06:49:44 pm
If it is shipping in the London/Thames area that you need to research then Lloyd's List used to publish various columns/articles on various days.  In the 1950s that included Saturdays.  On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays ships expected in the major UK ports were published.  On Tuesdays a round-up of the recent ship sales, including those sold for scrap (I remember Liberty ships going for scrap for 12,000 to 15,000 at one time).  Wednesdays was launches, new contracts signed, and a round-up of the repair and shipbuilding yards in the UK.  Everyday had arrivals/sailings geographically grouped, casualty news, and ships in port in the major ports.  London also had coverage with London - In the River and entrance and clearance in London Custom House and also news on the freight markets.  In the 50s it sold for 4d. per copy.

Another source of movement information was the daily Journal of Commerce published daily in Liverpool.  I was a latecomer to that paper but recall that it also had movements and expected arrivals and had maps of the main ports to help readers find the berths referred to.  I'm not sure if the latter paper is kept by the Borough Library.

Best regards

Tom
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Lloyds List on: April 17, 2019, 06:56:09 pm
Regrettably I know of no on-line source of Lloyd's Lists.  Original copies from the 1950s onwards are kept at the Borough Library in the City area of London which is a short walk from the Bank underground station in the City (Waterloo and City Line - train times were geared mainly to working office hours when I last visited).  The Lloyd's List are bound in volumes containing a year's copies.  Also available by prior arrangement are the old Lloyd's Voyage Cards for British ships (mostly 1950s-1960s era), and back copies of Lloyd's Shipping Index and Lloyd's Voyage Record.  A great place to visit for research, but best to look at their website before planning a visit,

This of course is only of use if you can reach London easily.

Best Regards

Tom
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Amsterdam-Hook of Holland on: February 14, 2019, 04:36:08 pm
Thanks for the advice, will probably change locations when there depending on what's moving and the weather/sun position.

Best regards

Tom
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