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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: This is getting a bit frustrating now on: August 21, 2018, 10:01:25 pm
I hope that no one died because of the fire. In Greece it was worse:

Seeing you're photos I'm quite concerned about air quality though... but judging from your post you seem to be fine.

So I take my time and wait for your excellent photos to come again when this crisis is over.

Cheer up my friend!

All the best from Hamburg,
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 21, 2018, 01:27:23 am
I'm using Firefox 60.0.2 on Windows 10 built 18.03, Windows defender and Adblock Plus.
No obvious problems with the site with that configuration.

Windows defender shows all systems green...
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Scale Models / Re: Scratch built coaster on: May 29, 2018, 09:55:48 pm
A fantastic piece of work Arne. A joy to look at. Thanks for posting the photos! Smiley

All the best,
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Future Local Shipping Events on: May 07, 2018, 09:07:50 pm
Hamburg Port Anniversary, 10.05. - 13.05. (So hurry up!) :-)


5  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: St Andrews in Hamburg on: March 29, 2018, 04:55:00 pm
Seeing your photos I agree with you David. Malte found the right place.

When I first saw the photo I immediately thought that this must be some place along Große Elbstraße (somehow because of the house with the white balconies in the background), but since I didn't move to Hamburg until 1992 I couldn't say it for sure and didn't dare to come forward with it.

6  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Up to € 135 m for German training vessel "Gorch Fock" on: March 21, 2018, 07:07:37 pm
Me neither, Bob, but according to the master of "Gorch Fock" the ship is "fullfilling an essential task in training new recruits". And for many officers of the German navy the ship is more than a training ship - she's identity-generating and a piece of tradition.

Uwe, isn't it in the media almost on a daily basis? Large parts of the equipment of Bundeswehr, Bundesmarine and Bundesluftwaffe are in a deplorable state. Not too long ago for example (if I remember correctly) 6 out of 6 active German submarines where under repair at the same time. In 2017 seven out of eight Airbus A400M were under repair or inspection at the same time etc. etc.

Our ministers of finance exaggerated the money saving a bit and our ministers of defence... well, I can't recall a single one who did a good job. (For example: zu Guttenberg was occupied with trying to draw the curtain over his copied dissertation; de Maizière was just a fill-in after Guttenberg's resignation and Mrs. von der Leyen's priority were children's day-care centres in the army...) Any more questions? Grin
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Up to € 135 m for German training vessel "Gorch Fock" on: March 20, 2018, 02:16:14 pm
A real bargain... Repair and modernisation of German naval training vessel "Gorch Fock" (IMO 5133644) will cost up to € 135 m according to sources of the German Ministry of Defence.

Since January 2016 the 60-year-old ship is under repair at Elsflether Werft on the Hunte river, but work on the ship was stopped by order of the Ministry of Defence in January 2018 when it became obvious that costs would be much higher than anticipated. But as € 45 m already have been spent and another € 25 m are stipulated by contract the Ministry now decided to let the work continue.

The shell plating will have to be exchanged almost completely, upper deck and tween deck will be replaced, the engine has to be overhauled...

A new building was considered, but this would have meant the loss of the already invested € 70 m. Also a new ship wouldn't have entered service until 2025(!).

Now "Gorch Fock" is scheduled to re-enter service in the first half of 2019...

8  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Which COSCO Shipping ships are painted blue? on: March 08, 2018, 09:15:27 pm
Jin Wen Feng, IMO 9532666...
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: List of worldwide over 5000 containerships on: February 04, 2018, 11:00:12 pm
Just the other day I was talking to a fellow shipspotter and we were wondering how many container ships might be sailing around the Seven Seas - our guesses were far out! Grin

Thanks for the big effort and sharing it with us Andreas!

Best wishes
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: 32 crew missing after Iranian oil tanker collides with Chinese freighter in East on: January 14, 2018, 11:43:00 am
Yes, German news report that, too. Most probably the whole crew is dead...  Sad
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Peking back in Germany on: August 01, 2017, 11:41:15 pm
Indeed, the German government allowed € 120 Mio. for a harbour museum at Hamburg, € 26 Mio. alone will be spent on Peking's transport back to Germany and for restoration. Peking will be the landmark of this museum. No doubt that without the government's money she would already be scrapped by now...

12  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Peking back in Germany on: July 30, 2017, 08:12:40 pm
Thanks for that, Jürgen. On the TV they said there were many shipspotters waiting at Brunsbüttel.
No photos here yet...

Or are they all waiting for Wednesday when she'll be towed to Wewelsfleth? Grin
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Peking back in Germany on: July 30, 2017, 06:01:24 pm
Flying-P-Liner PEKING after 85 years finally returned home to Germany.

The 1911-built ship arrived this afternoon from New York at Brunsbüttel Elbe harbour after 11 days aboard COMBI DOCK III.

On Wednesday she will be towed up the Elbe to Peters shipyard at Wewelsfleth. Peters will restore her to her old self. Restoration is said to take about three years (according to local TV news today).

Once finished PEKING will then become a musuem ship at Hamburg where she was built by Blohm & Voss.

More about Peking
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Would you give up your hobby for a woman ? on: July 17, 2017, 09:29:22 pm
Well, you are who you are and you do what you do - that's the package she gets. If she can't accept that then good riddance. At least that's the way I handle such things Grin

I completely agree with the Captain here...
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / IMO number confusion on: April 02, 2017, 09:34:36 pm
Hi all!

Today I came upon this ship:

A tanker, built in 1973, names Charlotte F and Paradox, status: dead

Investigating a little further into Charlotte F's life I came upon

So she received a new bow-section and mid-section in 1999 at Oltenita (yard no. 606) in Romania and is still happily sailing the Seven Seas...

I searched for photos of her after her 1999-refit and found these:

And now I have two IMO-numbers for the same ship...

This would make sense if she had received a new aft-section at Oltenita in 1999.
But with a new bow-section, mid-section AND aft-section this would be a new-building.
Both 8033807 and 9215024 are valid IMO-numbers. Equasis only knows the latter.

DNV/GL where IMO 9215024 is classed states that the ship was built at Oltenita in 1999 (yard no. 606, just as it says on

Looking at Charlotte F and Jacoba-H bow and mid-section are clearly different. The aft-section shows only little differences (anchor arrangement and only one anchor aft with Jacoba-H, but two with Charlotte F).

Is someone able to shed some light on this?


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