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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: What is YOUR vision for on: April 12, 2011, 02:03:08 pm
 To nobody in particular: One thing I have noticed about the site is the abruptness of certain administrators. This site was built by the membership,who deserve a degree of respect, it seems this has gone adrift since the changes were made. Technical changes are one thing to contend with,but high handedness to the point of rudeness  by some have been it seems, prevalent on here since the changes were made.It is not a surprise that many members have left,or reduced their inputs here since the sale of the site. Quite a shame to see such a wonderful community disband.Having spent years in the company of men in cramped quarters (vessels) one learns to regard others as one would wish to be regarded. Maybe this SHIP could be made to operate that way,or is this just wishful thinking on my part. Regards,Ken
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: What is YOUR vision for on: April 12, 2011, 01:38:09 pm
My Dear Mr.English: What I was refering to was the 'User Friendliness" of the Old Site VS the New. I was not  interested in the 'Computer Geek's' analysis as I was responding to Cornelia's comment,and I await her reply. Thankyou nevertheless for your two cents worth. Regards,Ken Grin
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: What is YOUR vision for on: April 12, 2011, 12:21:49 pm
I agree Cornelia. Why all these silly functions. The old site worked fine. If it AINT BROKE DON'T FIX IT. Rgds,Ken
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: 100 Years Canadian Navy(contribution?) on: May 16, 2010, 11:38:48 pm
Hi Jimmy: I believe you had my permission in the past,do use any you wish. All best wishes,Ken :-)
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Two killed and 14 injured onboard Louis Majesty - freakwaves on: March 04, 2010, 01:27:04 pm
Vessel is ex Norwegian Majesty (09):
Built in 1992 by Wärtsilä Marine/Kvaerner Masa-Yards, Turku, Finland as Royal Majesty.
Royal Majesty was sold to Norwegian Cruise Line in 1997. She was renamed Norwegian Majesty, and in 1999 she received a 33.76 m (110 ft 9 in) lengthening at the Lloyd Werft shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany.
Tonnage: 40,876 GRT Net Tonnage:21,602 tons.DWT: 2,700 tons.
Length: 207.26 m (680 ft),LPP:185.8m, Beam: 27.60 m (90 ft 7 in),Depth:14.0m, Draft: 6.20 m (20 ft 4 in).
Machinery: 4 × Wärtsilä 6R42 diesels combined 21,120 kWs.
Propulsion: Twin propellers;speed: 20 knots.
Capacity: 1,460 passengers, 620 crew.
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Sydney Marine Group forms alliance with ports of Philadelphia and Delaware on: January 09, 2010, 09:09:25 pm
Hi Allan: Having done several studies for the Ports of Sydney and the Canso Area I am amazed at the ignorance of the Local Press in publishing such tripe about a lack of PostPanaMax Capability in Nova Scotia. Total RUBBISH.

Viz: The post-Panamax era arrives in Halifax and Atlantica.On Saturday, January 21, 2006, the OOCL Chicago made history. It became the largest container vessel to ever use the Fairview Cove container terminal in the Port of Halifax. Able to carry 5,700 TEU’s, the OOCL Chicago will make Halifax one of its regular ports of call providing a link from the growing Asian market to Atlantica and from there to markets throughout the northeastern quadrant of North America. It is one of five post-Panamax vessels that will regularly call at the Fairview Cove terminal.
Too large to make it through the Panama Canal, these newest and biggest container ships are using the Suez Canal to sail from Asia to North America. Halifax, as a portal to Atlantica, is one of the only ports on the east coast with the water depth to handle the fully-laden post-Panamax vessels that carry 5,000+ TEUs

This is unbelieveable,the things have been coming at least 3 or 4 a week since 2006,and  even larger cranes yet have since been installed at Halifax for the most recent generation of vessels. Boy this stuff  pumped out by ill informed Media  sure grates on one. GRRRRRR. Cheers,Ken
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / MIRAMAR on: January 08, 2010, 01:56:41 pm
Hi All:Evidently the MIRIMAR site will no longer be free to access after 19 Jan 2010. This is too bad as the site offers a valuable historical reference for Shipspotters and other Marine followers. A reflection of the times unfortunately. Rgds,Capnken
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Fishing boats and harbours of Easten Canada Richibuctou N.B. to Liverpool N.S on: December 09, 2009, 12:45:54 pm
Very nice Jean.Thanks for sharing with us. All the Best,Ken
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / HMCS FREDERICTON FFH 337 - MALTA on: November 09, 2009, 07:57:17 pm
MALTA: HMCS FREDERICTON FFH337 Port Visit From Tuesday 10th - Friday 13th November:
- Canadian Navy Halifax Class frigate HMCS FREDERICTON (FFH 337) ...eta 0630 on 10/11, to berth @ Pinto Wharf no.3
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Arctic Sea Continued on: October 20, 2009, 08:50:17 pm
MOSCOW, October 20 (Itar-Tass) -- The Arctic Sea dry cargo ship may be
permitted to visit a Maltese port on some conditions, a high-ranking source
close to the Russian Navy staff told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.
“Maltese authorities have recently set a number of new conditions, mostly
technical and ecological, which must be met before the ship is allowed to
visit the port,” he said.
“It is quite realistic to fulfill these demands,” the source noted.
Once the formalities are settled, a Russian warship will tow the dry cargo
ship to the Maltese port and pass it under control of the owners.
“The Arctic Sea escorted by the Ladny patrol ship and a towboat has been
anchored several miles east of Gibraltar since late September. The captain
and three crewmembers stay onboard, and the detectives are gone,” the source
The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office and the Malta police and maritime
authorities completed investigative procedures onboard the ship off shore
Las Palmas, the Canary Islands. It was planned that the ship would be
transferred to the owner in Las Palmas but Spanish authorities did not
permit the Arctic Sea to visit the port.
The cargo carried by the Arctic Sea had an Algerian buyer, and Russia
offered to tow the ship to an Algerian port, where the ship could be handed
over to the owner and the cargo to the buyer. Yet Algerian authorities
refused to permit that.
The Arctic Sea belongs to a company with the same name registered in Malta.
Solchart Arkhangelsk has a contract with the owner for operation of the
The Arctic Sea flying the Maltese flag and operated by 15 Arkhangelsk
sailors was due to bring timber from Finland to Algeria on August 4. Contact
with the ship was lost on July 28. It appeared later that a high-speed
inflatable boat carrying eight men approached the ship at 11:00 p.m. Moscow
time on July 24. The men said their boat was out of order and embarked the
Arctic Sea. The crewmembers said that the men were wearing black clothes
with the word ‘Policia’ imprinted on the backs. The assailants ordered the
crew to head for Africa and to disconnect navigation equipment.
A Russian warship found the Arctic Sea offshore Cape Verde on August 17 and
released the crew without opening fire.
The international inquiry of the Arctic Sea dry cargo ship situation will go
on, a source at the Finnish Central Criminal Police told Itar-Tass on
October 9.
The international detective group includes representatives of Finland,
Sweden, Malta, Latvia and Estonia. The group and Russian representatives
held a two-day meeting in Vantaa, Finland.
The meeting focused on information collected in parallel investigations. The
sides agreed to step up cooperation and compared their progress.
The international inquiry was launched in July 2009. Finland is
investigating the ransom demanded for the seized ship.
On October 16 the Moscow Basmanny District Court extended arrest of the
Arctic Sea suspected assailants until February 18 by request of the Russian
Prosecutor General Office’s Investigation Committee.
“The judge extended custody of Andrei Lunev and Vitaly Lepin for three
months and 29 days, i.e. until February 18,” Moscow City Court press
secretary Anna Usachyova told Itar-Tass.
A similar decision was made for another six suspects earlier.
The Basmanny District Court authorized the arrest of eight suspected
assailants of the Arctic Sea dry cargo ship, including two Russian citizens,
one citizen of Estonia, one of Latvia and three stateless persons, on August
Russian citizen Dmitry Bartenev, born in Tallinn in 1967, told the court
that it had no right to hear the case because the events took place in
Swedish territorial waters and the ship had the Maltese flag. Lawyer
Konstantin Baranovsky said that an international investigative team, which
had been formed recently, should hold the inquiry. He also said that the
suspects’ file did not indicate their motive.
The suspected assailants pleaded not guilty and described themselves as
environmentalists seeking assistance of the Arctic Sea crew. They also said
they were not armed. “There was a gale and we were seeking refuge at the
first vessel we saw,” Bartenev said.
Almost all of them but Borisov and Buleyev are unemployed. Borisov is a
builder from Profsomnet, and Buleyev is a steel fixer from K-Most.
One of the suspects, Andrei Lunev, told the court he did not mind being
taken into custody.
The suspects were brought to the Moscow Lefortovo detention ward on August
20, and charged with abduction and sea piracy.

11  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / ARCTIC SEA Continued. on: September 04, 2009, 11:15:21 am
Very Strange Happenings Re:(Arctic Sea)
Maritime expert flees Russia in fear of his life
An outspoken Russian journalist who alerted the world to the mysterious
disappearance and likely hijacking of the Arctic Sea cargo ship this summer
said on Thursday he'd fled Russia in fear of his life.
By Andrew Osborn in Moscow
Published: 4:41PM BST 03 Sep 2009
Mikhail Voitenko, a maritime expert, has suggested the ship may have been
carrying a secret Kremlin arms shipment for the Middle East. He believes it
was not hijacked as the Kremlin contends but was intercepted by Israeli
forces in an international incident neither country wants made public.
In a phone interview with The Daily Telegraph, he said he'd flown to Turkey
on Wednesday after receiving a menacing call from a "a cold official voice"
the previous day.
"I was advised to leave," Mr Voitenko said. "I'm afraid." He refused to say
who the caller was but hinted the person was a state official.
Mr Voitenko runs an authoritative online news service for a Moscow-based
Russian transport and shipping company. He was the most prominent expert
voice during this summer's alleged hijacking of the Arctic Sea. He suggests
he played a direct role in resolving the drama himself too.
The Maltese-flagged vessel and its Russian crew hit the headlines after
disappearing with its cargo of Algeria-bound timber. The Russian Navy found
the ship in mid-August, three weeks after it had allegedly been hijacked by
armed men.
The Kremlin has yet to supply a detailed version of events, the crew has
refused to say what happened, and the alleged hijackers are in a Moscow
Mr Voitenko thinks he's offended powerful Russian interests. "Very important
people got involved in this business. It was half-private, half-state." He
and other commentators have speculated the ship was carrying a secret
weapons cache bound for Iran or Syria that was intercepted by Israeli
Asked if he planned to return to Russia anytime soon, Mr Voitenko replied:
"Am I an idiot?"
He added that his employer, the Sovfracht-Sovmortrans shipping group, was
considering his future because it was worried he had damaged its business
interests in Russia. The company's press service was unavailable for
"I became too popular," Mr Voitenko lamented. "Publicity is one thing.
Meddling with someone you don't know is something else."

The Plot Thickens! Rgds,Ken
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Arctic Sea revisited on: September 02, 2009, 10:51:30 am
EU Official: Story of "Hijacked" Ship a Cover-Up for Missile Delivery

Russian officials arrested eight people in August believed to have
hijacked the cargo ship Arctic Sea, which went missing for two weeks in
European waters before the Russian navy recovered it. The government
says that the hijackers threatened to blow up the Maltese-registered
ship, which was crewed by eight Russians and carrying $1.3 billion worth
of timber, if their demands were not met.

But the EU rapporteur on piracy, Tarmo Kouts, has told Time that
Russia's odd behavior during the ordeal suggests that the disappearance
was meant to cover up sales of weapons to the Middle East.

"There is the idea that there were missiles aboard, and one can't
explain this situation in any other way," he told the magazine. "As a
sailor with years of experience, I can tell you that the official
versions are not realistic."

As a former commander of the Estonian military, however, his motives
regarding rival Russia aren't necessarily pure. Still, other skeptics
have expressed similar doubts about the official story as the Russian
government has released very few facts.

"To put it plainly: The Arctic Sea was carrying some sort of
anti-aircraft or nuclear contraption intended for a nice, peaceful
country like Syria, and they were caught with it," journalist Yulia
Latynina wrote last month in the Moscow Times

Read original story in Time | Tuesday, 1 Sep 2009:,8599,1919342,00.html

13  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re Named Tanker Samistal Due on: July 28, 2009, 12:26:50 am
Products tanker Samistal Due renamed Algoma Dartmouth on 27th July 2009.
ALGOMA DARTMOUTH Canada  2009-07-27 21:39
ALGOMA DARTMOUTH Malta 9HUA9 2009-07-27 17:44
CLIPPER BARDOLINO Bahamas C6VV9 2008-11-05 00:37
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Svitzer Nord/ Stevns Iceflower on: March 17, 2009, 02:27:42 pm
She is now Fjord Saguenay for the past several days on AIS here at Halifax.,Regards,Ken
Vessel's Details:
Ship Type: Tug
Year Built: 2006
Length x Breadth: 31m X 12m
DeadWeight: 200 MT
Speed recorded (Max / Average): / knots
Flag: Canada [CA]
Call Sign: CFN5362
IMO: 9351012, MMSI: 316014268
Last Position Received:
Area: Atlantic North
Latitude/Longitude: 44.66788˚ / -63.59384˚ (Map)
Currently in Port:
Last Known Port:
Info Received: 0days 0hrs 8' 22'' ago
Current Vessel's Track
Itineraries History
Voyage Related Info (Last Received):
Draught: 5.8m
ETA: 28/02/2009 23:59:00
Info Received: 17/03/2009 13:28:08 (0 days, 1hrs 1' 15'' ago)
Ex Names History:
Vessel's Names Flag Call Sign Last Recorded
FJORD SAGUENAY Canada CFN5362 16/03/2009 22:28:06
STEVNS ICEFLOWER Denmark OVOI2 16/03/2009 17:36:26
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Ship with 104 passengers runs aground in Antarctica on: February 18, 2009, 12:13:55 pm
Photo of Ocean Nova taken at Halifax 2007. Rgds,Ken
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