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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Storm Herwart on: October 30, 2017, 08:11:45 am
The storm caused floods and chaos across Central Europe.
In addition, according to Maritime Bulletin, at least five cargo ships went into trouble on Oct 29 thanks to the storm.
One of them, bulk carrier GLORY AMSTERDAM IMO 9287182, dwt 77171, was pushed aground by storm on eastern Langeoog coast.
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / lack of maritime authority control? on: April 19, 2017, 07:58:17 am
Another "old lady" didn't arrive a destination.
Panamanian flag GEROI ARSENALA, launched over 36 years ago, IMO 8727604, sank in the Black sea on her way from Russia to Turkey.
Off 12 crew members up to now only 3 rescued.
Every time i hear about incident with veteran ships sailing under "third party" flags and owned by small companies  I concern whether technical condition of the ship and professional condition of its crew were satisfied.
Should we consider crews of such ships as a risk group? Should be increased technical and professional control after them? For example by a port authority? I remember random audits on my ships conduced by US port authorities. Any raised non-conformance was required to be closed before leaving the port.
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Russian trawler sinks off Kamchatka on: April 02, 2015, 06:38:55 am
The Dalniy Vostok freezer trawler had 132 people on board when it sank.
Water temperature is around zero degrees Celsius. I'm pretty sceptic whether all crew members have their own survival suit.In addition it was reported that trawler sunk in about 15 minutes,- you realize, the chances of survival in near-freezing waters after more than 20 minutes is nearly impossible
The reason of why the trawler sank unclear yet.
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Norman Atlantic rescue on: December 28, 2014, 07:37:38 am
A car ferry with 466 passengers and crew caught fire while sailing from Greece to Italy.
The Captan asked for evacuation.

The Norman Atlantic, IMO 9435466, built 2009, sailing from Patras in western Greece to the Italian port of Ancona, was 33 nautical miles off the island of Othonoi when it sent a distress signal, Greek coast guard officials said.
I wish all return home safe and sound!


According to latest update the situation became worst. Only 60 people have been rescued.

See latest update here:
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Simushir IMO 9179385 adrift off Haida Gwaii, Canada on: October 19, 2014, 04:30:48 am
The latest update so far"
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Chinese NA NA 2 ship in distress on: October 05, 2014, 02:02:47 pm
MOSCOW, October 5 (RIA Novosti) - The Chinese NA NA 2 ship in distress has anchored near Sakhalin Island, awaiting large fishing refrigerator trawler Urumpet and rescue boat Irbis, the Russian Emergencies Ministry in the Sakhalin Region reported Sunday.
"Large fishing refrigerator trawler Urumpet and rescue boat Irbis are headed toward ship in distress NA NA 2. The first vessel is expected to arrive in 5-6 hours," the report said on the ministry's website. "The crew is said to have managed to anchor the vessel."
On Sunday, the ministry's Crisis Management Center received information about the SOS signal from NA NA 2, en route from South Korea to the port of Moscalvo in the Okhinsky District.
According to the report, NA NA 2's engine shut down and it drifted toward the shore. There are 15 crew on board, all of them Chinese nationals. The Mi-8 helicopter will be deployed if necessary.
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Rescue from S. Korean sightseeing vessel on: September 30, 2014, 06:12:15 am
105 passengers and five crew were rescued from the 171-ton ‘Vacance’ sightseeing vessel, which ran aground off the island of Hongdo, about 340 kilometers (210 miles) southwest of  Seoul, at 9:10 a.m. today, 30/09/14.
More details here:
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Fire on Seachampion, 8322117 on: August 07, 2014, 07:13:07 am
7.4 miles south-east of Cape Povorotnyy in Primorsky Krai, Russia reported a fire in the engine room of  m/v "Seachampion" on her trip to Vladivostok (home port) on Thursday, August 7. 
Total on board of Seachampion were 15. 
Three crew memmbers,including the captain are still on a board of the Seachampion.  The remaining 11 were evacuated and unfortunately the Chief Engineer dead.
Soon the ship will be towed to Vladivostok, ITAR-TASS reported.

9  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Best Photo Locations on: July 04, 2011, 03:01:05 pm
Thanks a lot for your respond, indeed...
Espacialy to you E.Wroom for so detailed explanation.
Hopefully soon i'll give pleasure for a while by posting pictures from there...
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Best Photo Locations on: July 02, 2011, 06:49:34 pm
Hi Guys
This month I fly thought Amsterdam and hopefully will spend few hours for "hunting" for the ships
I would  appreciate your advice for the best locations in Amsterdam to see as much as possible...
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