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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Ken Smith, President Emeritus on: July 08, 2018, 07:37:44 pm
From my site as well.
I will miss Ken very much, I had lots of interesting and fruitfull discussions with him.
My condolences to his family.
Regards
Gerolf
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Istanbul on: June 11, 2017, 07:05:42 pm
I just went back from a one week shipspotting trip to Istanbul, which is in my opinion still one of the best spotting places.
I staid in a hotel at Sirkeci, so that I could reach easily either the spotting place on the European side (Saray Burnu) via the Gulhane Park and on the Asian Side (Üsküdar) via The underground Marmaray.
I saw between 80 t0 90 ships a day, when the Bosphorus was open. On both saturdays (luckily my arrival and departures dates) the Bosphorus was closed during daytime for about 7-8 hours for what reason ever. Also on thursday it was closed, I took the chance to go with the Marmaray to Kazlicesme to take photos of the anchorage in Marmara Sea see enclosed foto)and to have a sleep. The traffic was regularly in the morning up to 2-3.30 o clock from Black Sea to Marmara Sea and it changed in the afternoon and evening from Marmara Sea to Black Sea.
I am still impressed by the variety of ships and the number of old vessels, still lots of small vessels of the 60s and 70s as well as a few old cargo vessels with derricks and old livestock carriers and lots of bulkers with cranes. I will post them soon.
One remark. The tea stands with the famous view over the Bosphorus are unfortunately still closed because of a landslide in 2016 with 2 people dead. In the hotel they told me, they want to stabilize the stones then they will open again some day, but who will know, when.
Anyway I had great fun as in the last years, when I was at Istanbul.
Gerolf
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / shipspotting in South East Asia on: December 09, 2012, 09:08:38 am
Hi shipspotting friends,
I am going on a cruise from Bangkok (port Laem Chabang, outside the Chao Praya river) to severak ports, as Penang, Port Klang, Singapore, Muara and Ho Chi Minh (port Phu My outside Mekong river).
Does anyone has experience with shipspotting possibilities in those ports, especially Singapore and Port Klang ?
Singapore offers boat tours, are they good to watch some of the anchorage ?
At Port Klang the port at Pilau Lamut on a island somewhat far form the city.
Kind regards from cold an snowy Bavaria
Gerolf
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: site hard to navigate on: November 21, 2011, 07:31:51 pm
Same with me Stan,
Maybe there are some site problems today.
GErolf
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Shipspottingvideo Rotterdam 23 & 24 April 2011 on: April 30, 2011, 04:03:16 pm

Hi Fred,
for what reason ever I cannot watch your videos any more from this video on because of some not offered format, what could be the reason ?
Really a pity as your videos are great stuff.
Kind regards
Gerolf
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / AGM of World Ship Society in Cobh may 13-15 on: April 18, 2011, 06:03:36 pm
Hi all,
anyone of the shipspotters around is visiting the AGM of the World Ship Society this year as well ?
I would be happy to meet anyone at Cobh during that time.
Just make a post on the forum or send me and EMAIL.

Gerolf Drebes
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / New cruise vessel France on: April 07, 2011, 08:24:59 pm
Last week-end I have been visiting an excellent exhibition about the passenger vessel France 1962 in Musee de la Marine, Paris Trocadero. Within this exhibition I found an advertisement for a project of new cruise vessel France, which should become an absolutely luxury vessel for 600 - 700 passengers with a gross tonnage of 60.000 to, 260 m length and 30 m breadth.
The design is somewhat futuristic and reminds only a bit on the old France of 1962.
I am not sure, if the project is already fixed, but you already can buy shares of the vessel concerning to the hompage, which should be paid in 2014.
Detailed informations, an animation film and photos of the planned design you find at the following homepage.
www.atelierdufrance.com

Kind regards from Bavaria
Gerolf
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Merry Christmas everyone..... on: December 25, 2010, 07:54:06 am
Hi Galadriel and all other shipspotting friends.
The same from me, a very happy and peaceful Christmas I wish to you all from a snowy and cold Bavaria again. If I look out fo the window, nothing but snow and icicles, but luckily I have shipspotting to watch nice weather and sun around some wonderful photos.
Kind regards from Bavaria
Gerolf
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: 1 Million Photos on: December 20, 2010, 07:59:06 pm
Congrats to Jon and Stan !
To reduce your own rubbish is good for the site, and much better as to delete everything.
I wished I would have the time to do that with my photos.
Kind regards form frosty Bavaria
Gerolf
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: 1 Million Photos on: December 15, 2010, 08:44:09 pm
Hi all,
I was not follwing the forums during the last weeks because of lack of time.
Let me just give my thoughts as one of the oldest members on this site (since 6 Years) about the whole discussion.
The site was first a sort of hobby site of Thomas Pinas with only a few 100 of photos on it, when I discovered it in mid 2004. It was besides a few others the only site, where everyone could post its own photos just for fun. As I had not time to create my own homepage I just started to to post my photos. During the next years lots of other shiplovers got attracted by this site and it grew by members and photos. Some silly guys posted really rubbish, anything, but not a ship photos. For this the admin team was born. During a long time Derek Sands, whom I really can call a good friend was managing the admin team. He has the real spirit to create a balance inbetween rules and chaos and always was friendly. But with a rising always a change is coming. And the more people stick in some way together the bigger are the possible communication problems. There are always guys who wants to show theirselves and making rumours or create discussion. So it became more and more impossible to get an agreement on things. There were hardliners, who wanted to restrict the site to only the best quality photos and there were others who wanted to allow everything. The middle way to make everyone happy was impossible and will it be forever. But Derek and his team tried it (voluntarly) as best as they could. For this I joined the admin team in 2009. And I am doing everything besides a hard work in a larger company.
I did not like the change of the "site sponsors" and the way Thomas "sold" the site. But I still liked the site with all its possibilities and all the friends I have found and met during all those years. For this I stayed and will stay with that site. Not everything is Ok on this site (it cannot be as we are too many members with too different opinions), E.g. I also would have liked the considered for deletion category be rested in the public. But still the site is very attractive for me, much more attractive than others sites like this one of Klaus e.g. who is making with every post publicity for his site (why he needs on every message a comment, that someone should join his site?).
But this site is still the site of the shipsotting members, first of all of the active members, who contribute in photos, thoughts and informations about shipping, despite a sponsor, who is using the site, supporting his products.
And I do not see any reason to leave the site because a few things I do not like on the site.
I hope many of you fell like me, which should not prevent us from discussing friendly, how we can improve with the site. You always can improve.
Have a nice an peaceful Christmas time
Gerolf
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Need Infomation for Shipspotting in Antwerpen on: September 14, 2010, 04:10:06 pm
Hi Galadriel,
I go to Antwerp every year since 1988.
In addition to the informations of the others I go as well with the car through the port despite the fact that more and more of the locks are closed now (in 1988 everything was open except on container berth).  But I think about 50% of the ship in the port are "drivable". Some of the Schelde container berth you can see from the road (at Barentdrechtlock and at Lillo).
Anyway I wish you good luck and nice shipspotting.
Gerolf
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: 5 more CPO ships sold on: July 20, 2010, 05:54:34 pm
At Kiel  I saw recently as well 5 laid up CPO ships, Santa Adriana, Arabella, Alina, Giorgina and Francesca.
Maybe they have real problems.
Gerolf
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Deletions on: July 01, 2010, 06:03:17 pm
Hi all,
I am admin of the categories Wrecks and Relics and Scrapyard ships.
During the last days I was without internet, but during my revisions I deleted only very very awful shots as these categories contain rare views of ships.
Should anyone feel that I am to strict, please let me know.
Concerning the deletion of bad admin photos. Yes there may be some, e.g. posted before the rules has achieved. But it is not fair to condemn us because we are not deleting our bad photos.
Anyway, if I find a bad one of mine old photos,  I delete it for myself and I never complained, when my colleagues found one of my bad ones. But I simply do not have the time to go through all of my posted photos to sort out the bad ones. Shipspotting is my hobby and not my job.
And the interpretation of what is good or bad is always subjective, for that we are humans and no roboters. I prefer e.g. an unsharp photo of and old freighter to a new photo of QE 2, which has been posted several hundred times (subjective view).
For this different opinions, if a photo should be deleted or not, are quite normal. Anyway, in my categories, I am willing to discuss it, just EMAIL me
Gerolf
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: spotting is an (almost) lethal hobby on: May 29, 2010, 07:49:53 am
Hi Stan,
funny video, but to be honest, also shipspotting is a risky hobby as well. I heard from a shiplover, who was in jail because he took pictures in forbidden areas.
I was surprised while taking a shot by a huge wave with the legs completey wet after the wave. And at Ghent I went back to get the full ship on the photo and trapped in a whole injuring heavily my knee.
But I am still alive luckily.
Gerolf
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Ship details: is anyone interested? on: May 04, 2010, 07:34:17 pm
Hi Bob,
interesting thread from you.
In general I am with you. I like to have as well to have the data of the vessels, the most important is date of built and tonnage and the history of the ship, which I always put in my postings.
But with the owner, manager,...... owner I have often problems.
Like for example a photo I will post during the next weeks the bulker Tufty.
Sea-Web is distinguishing between Group Owner, Operator, Manager, Registerd Owner, DOC. And for every column you find a different name.
Tufty for example has:
Group Owner          Navarone SA
Operator                 Canfornav Inc.
Manager                 Navarone SA
Registered Owner    Taboga Shg. Co Ltd.
DOC                       Navarone SA Panama
First I still do not know, what DOC means, and then you find at least 3 different companys, sometimes all are different. All these companys do not say anything ot me, and from Seaweb I cannot find out, what is the real company behind the vessel. So why disturbing the others which such informations. How I loved the good old years, when it was really easy to find the companies behind the ships, without looking into Lloyds registers and getting confused by so many different companies mentioned.
For this I do not post any company names.
I hope you understand me a bit.
Gerolf
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