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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Just booked a cargo cruise with CMA CGM. Advice for a great trip? on: March 01, 2018, 12:01:10 pm
Regarding personal electrics ie chargers, you must find out the type of current operating (Normally AC these days but may be 240v or 110v.)
Also the type of electrical socket as there seems to be no standard; probably best to buy an international type adaptor with various interchangeable pins (UK US or Schuko Euro types) Really quite cheap but essential!
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Ship Search by ENI on: November 29, 2017, 08:56:07 am
Many thanks to seaweasel & davidships for their help. They both led me to pages on Binnenvaart I had not been before; only ever been to A-Z search and tried "zoeken" in top left.

Thanks again guys.
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Ship Search by ENI on: November 28, 2017, 04:56:58 pm
Does anyone have a way of searching ship's name by ENI only?
I have tried De Binnenvaart but no luck. Maybe I'm not doing it right!
There is a Wikimedia Commons search but huge numbers missing.
Both Marinetraffic & Fleetmon have search pages but it appears only by name, IMO or MMSI

Any help most appreciated

4  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Panama Canal on: November 06, 2017, 12:59:06 pm
In September this year, I went for a 12 day trip to Panama; first 5 days in the rain forest for the wild life and the latter part for the ship photography.
Stayed at the Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, Panama Canal right on the canal bank (Beware there is another Country Inn in Panama City)
There are some trees between hotel and canal and ideally you would want to be on the highest floor.
I had booked a full transit trip but a half transit would be enough as the second part through Gatun Lake was very quiet and by the time we got out of the Gatun locks, it was getting too dark for decent photography of the shipping anchored off Colon.
Although the new locks at both ends were in use, there was still a type of convoy system through the narrow Culebra Cut.
Consequently there was a lull between the north bound traffic which slowed from 10:00 onwards and about 15:00 when the south bound traffic appeared.
I will not list all the vessels seen but I will post some photos once I have finished sorting them. (As usual, I will only post if there are 15 photos or fewer)
I would probably not go again as it was a 10.1/2 hr non-stop flight from Franfurt (Lufthansa which was good)That together with the high humidity and the hiatus around the middle of the day took the edge off the trip.
Note - The new visitor centre at Miraflores locks seems to open at the quietest time for traffic!
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Laid up Shipping on: August 12, 2017, 11:35:19 am
On my recent trip to Piraeus, I noticed quite a few ships apparently laid up in Eleusis bay. Obviously AIS was turned off so they are unidentified as far as I am concerned.
I have photos but are too distant for positive ID.
Has anyone a list of what is there?
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Piraeus on: July 26, 2017, 03:17:47 pm
Many thanks for your comments and advice; when I go back, I will be much better prepared.
True the same ferries featured most days but in addition to the container ships, tankers and general cargo, there were loads of cruise ships. (Athens must have been mobbed as at one stage there 4 ships each about 4000 passengers)
Hoping to combine with a revisit to Istanbul in May/June 2018. Going that far, might as well make it worthwhile.
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Piraeus on: July 20, 2017, 08:35:09 am
Just returned from 6 days in Piraeus. I hired a car so that I could do a bit of touring as well as ship photography.
I chose the hotel (Queens Leriotis) due to location overlooking harbour entrance and anchorage.It was a bit out of town but loads of restaurants locally.
It did not disapoint; the view from my 5th floor balcony was superb with most traffic in photographic range albeit with a 300mm telephoto lens. Luckily both the hotel and car were air conditioned as it was really too hot (what did I expect in July!!) I drove along the coast past Drapetsona, Perama and Elefsina but although there were loads of ships, it was difficult to get decent shots. Eleusis was easier although not many ships. A few tankers at Agio Theodorai but hard to photo. Kalamaki at the S. end of Korinth canal was OK with a bar/restaurant overlooking the "sinking bridge"
Was advised by Petros Psarras (thanks Petros) to take passenger only ferry to Salamina (Paloukia). There is a car ferry from Perama but misses most shipping.
It was hard to find the ferry as the tickets are only sold on board and does not appear to be advertised even on-line.
Go in at Gate E8, turn left and the boats tie up opposite the WC! I could not find a timetable so had to hang around until a boat turned up! Reasonable value underground carpark with clean toilets. Great value boat trip at 3.5 euros (each way)
The one thing about the port is that it seems you can drive onto all the quays without hindrance and one of the best places is at the very entrance on North side (Gate E1) You could sit here all day amoung the container trailers and photo to your heart's content and if it gets too hot, there is always the completely deserted, air conditioned Pericoles Passenger Terminal also with toilets (very important at my age!!)
All in all a great trip but way too hot, maybe April/May would be better
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: May 2017 Activity (Updated 05-23-17) on: May 28, 2017, 12:00:26 pm
As someone, who has regularly posted trip reports, I agree with most points as far as photos are concerned. If a photo of mv XYZ was posted as photgraphed in Rotterdam, obviously the photographer was there.
My posts tend to be more of a travelogue giving photo locations (I will be adding to this category more this year). In addition, I like to give my opinions on places to stay and eat as this may help others considering similar trips. Also I do not list all ships photgraphed as this would take a whole new category
Please advise if this is not of interest and I will decease.
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Felixstowe Help Needed on: April 27, 2017, 01:17:41 pm
I was at the viewpoint last Friday and it is excellent for all incoming & outgoing vessels.
However as "MSC Anna" was on the nearest berth (Berth 8/9), she tended to block views of all other berths other than the very furthest (Trinity)
Suggested alternatives include the Harwich foot ferry which also goes to Shotley Gate which is one of my favourites spots provided you have a decent telephoto lens. Even there, the powers that be have placed a couple of old lightships in the way of the Landguard berths.
Back at the viewpoint carpark, the cafe is excellent with bacon rolls very reasonable.
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Hyphenated or not on: February 16, 2017, 09:24:56 am
There seems to be some confusion regarding naming of vessels.
I recenty added "Synthese-20" an inland tanker at Botlek.
This has been changed to "Synthese 20" but the photo clearly shows a hyphen.
To be fair Binnenvaart show it without.
Is there any policy on this. Huh
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Ship Spotting/Photogrphy Locations on: February 07, 2017, 11:04:34 am
Not really; I have photos taken from but not of!

Will try and remember on my April visit.
Also my favourites in Antwerp & Rotterdam
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Ship Spotting/Photogrphy Locations on: February 06, 2017, 02:37:32 pm
Some favourites in the Rendsburg area of the NOK (Use of car may be beneficial at 2 & 4)
North bank facing south :-
1) Hotel ConventGarden Terrace if you buy a beer or coffee every few hours
2) The Bruckenterrassen Cafe under the High level rail bridge; good for lunch and drinks as above. There is a guy here who announces the ships (in German only) and plays their national anthems.
South bank (better in good weather due to sun position):-
3) South end of foot tunnel from adjacent to Hotel ConventGarten as above
4) Kanal Cafe in Osterronnfeld Am Kamp-Kanal (Excellent place to stay, very reasonable and really good food especially cakes!!!) 2 bedrooms overlook the canal
When closed, I use the car park if poor weather
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / DFDS on: October 08, 2016, 07:53:49 am
I have just returned from one of my photo tours of NW Europe (see trip report later) but for reasons I will not go into here, I went out Dover-Calais rather than my usual Dover-Dunkirque.
The "Cote de" class of ship on this route are useless for cross Channel photography!
The stern deck is either obstructed by the foot passenger loading ports or has perspex type sheeting (presumably for wind protection) preventing any decent shots. In addition, there are no seats and although the next deck up appears to be unobstructed, it is reserved for truck drivers only and the stairs padlocked.
Returning from Dunkirque on the "Seaways" class was far better.
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / China on: August 30, 2016, 06:27:13 am
I am in the very early stages of planning a trip to China; specifically Hong Kong & Shanghai.
I would very much appreciate reliable tips and advice especially on Shanghai as I notice that Hong Kong has featured recently. Places to stay (with river views?) best location for photography. Any restriction on photography? (obviously keep away from naval craft!) Safety
I anticipate a trip to Beijing and the Great Wall for sightseeing but I will probably fly into & home from Hong Kong.
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Thinking of going to Baltimore MD on: August 03, 2016, 01:17:48 pm
I went in September 2014 specifically to photograph NS Savannah. As luck would have it, they had an open day with full access. May be worth a quick check. Also there was an old Liberty ship "John W Brown" was also open.
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