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31  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Danio aground on: March 18, 2013, 07:51:37 pm
Was in attendance. Hemiksem is now lurking near the shore and Danio is exactly where it started out; on the rocks!

The Hemiksen has been in the Tyne since late last night and is still here!

Not exactly your big salvage tug with only a 40 ton bollard pull, then IF/WHEN they do get the Danio off what are they going to do next?

Reports say she is holed and needs a drydock and the nearest is on the Tyne and currently the Normand Pioneer is sitting in it  Smiley

32  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Your favourite yachts on here? on: March 10, 2013, 02:23:48 pm
My favourite yacht is my own which amazingly I worked 45 years for  Smiley and not from with money gained from either criminal activities, despotic, corrupt regimes or exploitation of working people.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cwowners/photos/album/802484635/pic/1095011234/view?picmode=large&mode=tn&order=ordinal&start=1&dir=asc

My second favourite yacht has to be Nahlin, what's the connection between the two?

They both have a 'pedigree second to none' as they were both designed by G L Watson & Co 

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1385235

Mike
Archivist for the Colvic Watson Owners Group
33  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: USS Guardian stuck on reef on: January 30, 2013, 09:37:28 pm
She's going to be one big pile of very expensive scrap!!

They have taken the easy way out and will just cut her up

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2270395/U-S-Navy-hack-61million-minesweeper-ship-pieces-remove-sensitive-reef-near-Philippines.html

34  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Costa Concordia Salvage Operation on: January 03, 2013, 02:06:38 pm
Is it me or have they finally removed the funnel off the Costa Concordia? or have they just covered it up?

  http://www.giglionews.it/2010022440919/webcam/isola-del-giglio/webcam-giglio-porto-panoramica.html


I have been folowing the  salvage progress reports on various sites and the critical time will be when they roll her upright, however that also will be slow and controlled.

I know Titan Salvage from my diving days and my bet is they have her afloat this year!

Mike

35  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Web Cams on: November 11, 2012, 09:06:46 pm
Hello is there a particular link I could go to for the web cams in the Panama Canal??...also Welland Canal.

I like this HR one the best at Miraflores locks http://webcams.pancanal.com/webcam/hd-miraflores.jpg

Mike
36  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Thames tugs on: August 30, 2012, 10:30:47 am
CASTLE POINT arrived yesterday on the Tees

The Castle Point will be renamed Svitzer Castle


Mike
37  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Costa Concordia salvage to cost €225m on: April 24, 2012, 06:45:33 pm
The stricken cruise liner COSTA CONCORDIA is to be righted and will be reflotated, in what will be the biggest operation of its kind ever seen. Teams of engineers will work around the clock seven days a week for a year in the €225 operation which is expected to start in may, four months after the liner struck rocks and capsizing leaving 32 dead, with two bodies still unaccounted for. The ship is currently lying at an angle of 80 degrees, just outside the entrance to giglio harbour, an island off the coast of Italy on Friday 13th of January.                                                                                                         

You can watch 2 live web cams here:- (best viewed in daylight!) should be interesting in months to come.

http://www.giglionews.it/2010022440922/webcam/isola-del-giglio/webcam-giglio-porto.html
http://www.giglionews.it/2010022440919/webcam/isola-del-giglio/webcam-giglio-porto-panoramica.html

38  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Liverpool to be cruise turnaround port? on: February 04, 2012, 08:15:24 pm
We have 16 individual cruise ships due into the Tyne between April and October plus many also doing multiple trips making 38 in all.

39  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Yacht takes on tanker on: August 10, 2011, 10:55:59 am
Hi Kelvin

Thanks for the explanation and information and I hope they throw the book at him, I would not sail with that idiot if they paid me.

If that incident happened on our local river the Tyne our local 'Port of Tyne Authority' have the power to ban him from ever using the river again.

Mike
40  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Yacht takes on tanker on: August 09, 2011, 08:03:50 pm
I trust everyone does not put all yachtsmen in this plonkers class.

There is no doubt the yacht is entirely in the wrong due to the 'Collision at Sea regulations section 5 & 18, the tanker is of 'restricted manoeuvrability'.

I think only for the grace of God there was not a fatality.

Mike

Section 5 'Lookout'

Every vessel shall at all times maintain a proper look-out by sight and hearing as well as by all available means appropriate in the prevailing circumstances and conditions so as to make a full appraisal of the situation and or the risk of collision.


Section 18 B

A sailing vessel underway shall keep out of the way of:
(i) a vessel not under command.
(Ii) a vessel restricted in her ability to manoeuvre.
(Iii) a vessel engaged in fishing
41  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Fincantieri to build $805m giant cruiseship for P&O Cruises on: June 09, 2011, 07:06:53 pm
Hi Andrew

I saw a picture of her the other day somewhere and she's a first class example of yet another floating block of flats with two funnels stuck on top for good luck!

Mike
42  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: City Of St Petersburg on: May 18, 2011, 07:23:59 pm
Hi Jonathan

For your information we now have the sister ship of the City of St Petersberg the City of Rotterdam doing trips to the Tyne for Nissan.

Mike
43  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: City Of St Petersburg on: May 15, 2011, 07:48:01 pm
Hi Jonathan

The City of St Petersberg is now a regular visitor to the Tyne, reports are Pilots are not keen on her futuristic bridge as due to it being round, visability of the bow area during docking is limited.
44  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Question for River Tyne spotters on: May 15, 2011, 07:39:20 pm
Hi Robert

Yep the AH 001 (short for Amerada Hess 001) is still here at the McNulty Yard since 2009.
They do not appear to be doing anything major on her at present other than routine mainternance.
McNulty currently is building wind turbine modules and structures.

We also have the smaller Furgo Seacore Jack up rig Excalibur at Swans yard and the new foundation bases are going down for the two new rigs to be built at the new OGN yard.

Also currently at the Swans yard we are scrapping redundant rig modules and structures.

The A&P yard is also busy building new module sections for the new aircraft carriers and also ship repair.

The Tyne at present is a busy river!

Mike
45  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: xVAS and grosstonnage.com on: January 24, 2011, 03:39:29 pm
Hi Chas
Thanks for the suggestions, but I recieve e-mails from all over the world, I do however because of this have a very good security system (not your standard stuff)but anything it does not like gets put into a seperate folder, so I at least can look at it before  deciding to delete it or not.
I have just finished searches and also gone through 'all' e-mails just incase Angelo came in undercover, but nothing, strange thing is I have had e-mails from Angelo before albeit some time ago when Xvas first started and never had any problems logging in until they changed the system !.
Thanks for your help
Mike


So much for a quick reply, heard nothing since e-mailing Xvas on the 20/1/2011
Guess I will have to find another site!
Mike
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