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1  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?
2  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.
3  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
4  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.
5  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.
6  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
7  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
8  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
9  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.
10  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.
11  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.
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / ISTANBUL on: June 19, 2016, 09:58:29 am
Just a short visit mainly to photograph Bosphorus shipping not normally seen in NE Europe.
After checking various reports/maps, I chose the Karakoy Port Hotel just north of the Golden Horn but on the Bosphorus. It has a good view from the 6th floor breakfast room but into the sun in the morning. There is a terrace above but most of the view is blocked by a red tiled roof. Despite this, it was a great hotel with excellent staff and only 2 tram stops to Eminonu at the S. end of Galata Bridge for the Bosphorus ferry. Still only TL 23 (Euro 7) for an all day trip if you stop for lunch. I did the trip with a colleague and we stopped at Sirayer for a 4 hour lunch! Good restaurant on the waterfront ideal for photography. You could also stop at Anadolu Kavagi where there are also loads of waterfront restaurants
My colleague was staying at the Best Western Citadel (where I had stayed in 2013) so we decided to stay on his hotel terrace all the next day If staying here, would recommend the 3rd floor to be above the trees. Constant procession of shipping in alternate directions. Weather was mixed and visibility was generally good. Hope to return next year
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / 2016 Eurodash on: May 10, 2016, 03:28:42 pm
Following various other reports, this is fairly similar with subtle differencies.
Travelled with DFDS from Dover to Dunkerque which was quiet with nothing in the container or bulk berths near the ferry. To the east, there was only 1 bulker. So to Zeebrugge which had a load of car carriers but little else. Thence to Terneuzen for 2 nights. Plenty of traffic in & out of the Gent canal and river traffic to & from Antwerp. Was going to go on the "Flandria" for a trip round the bits of Antwerp docks that you cannot normally see but could not park anywhere near (Any suggestions?) Next to Rotterdam for 3 days where, again, there was loads of traffic. I reckon that on a clear day, you could photo traffic in & out of Maasvlaakte from Landtong Rozenburg with a 200mm telephoto lens. Was a little hazy for that.
Notice they are widening the passage at Breeddiep to allow easier access from Hook of Holland to Europoort. Also went all the way round to Slaag Maasmond via Mississippihaven & Amazonehaven.
Set off for Kiel canal again but will probably not bother again; it was very quiet BUT I did find a fantastic place to stay on the South bank at Osterronnfeld - the Kanal-Cafe. This is really a restaurant with rooms two of which overlook the canal and you could sit in your bedroom and photo the passing ships. A shame as I will not be back till at least next year. I may well try Ottendorf next as recommended by PietB
Anyway long drive back to Terneuzen. Overnight then shortish drive back to Dunkerque.
A good trip with some reservation; 1150 photos of about 500 ships
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Shipspotting in Singapore on: December 27, 2015, 10:33:16 am
There are various options
From Marina South Pier, you can get a short trip to the Western anchorage on a tourist boat "Cheng Ho III"
Same place you can get a ferry to Kusu Island which is a fantastic spot for passing traffic.
(Beware thare are no facilities on the island so you must take any food/water.) Also last boat back was about 16:00 back in 2013 DO NOT MISS!!
Other people (not me) have hired a boat from Marina South Pier to take them around the Eastern Anchorage.
There are views from the Sentosa Island cable car and there are ferries from around Keppel that may be good (not tried)
There are good views from the ECP (East Coast Parkway) but you will need a telephoto lens or telescope as the anchorage is quite a long distance
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Classification on: October 21, 2015, 09:36:05 am
I have had another thought about this subject. the picture shows a boom or derrick on the bow, obviously designed for bunkering. As far as I can see, not all inland tankers have this.
So, could we use this feature to separate the two classes?

Thanks

Russ
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