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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Decline of site standard or personal Satisfaction or what ? on: Today at 11:01:22 am
Exactly that either the TOP3 charts should be closed or hits being visible only to the author of that photo or we're having a Youtube here already.  It was fair back then, now it degraded.  Maybe Shipspotting staff might consider to give popular memebers with enormous hits a some "Partner" title & give them 1 Euro per every hit on their photos?
And despite that MY SHIP 3's success, that surfing DODO is still the winner.
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Decline of site standard or personal Satisfaction or what ? on: Yesterday at 08:43:56 pm
Based on Cornelia's suggestion - how about having on Home Page like 3 random photos from last 24h/week/month/year for either each one hour or for each page refresh? That would give a lot of people to be fairly in the spotlight. With the rate of recent uploads nowadays when it's like 4-5 pages with 192 photos on each for the last 24h, I think such feature would be very good - not everyone has the passion/willpower to sit & scroll till the photo he saw last on his previous visit. When someone arrives here, he only sees Top 3, 1 random photo + 1 recent photo - nothing much, pretty shy for the site with over 1.6 mil pics so far.
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Decline of site standard or personal Satisfaction or what ? on: Yesterday at 07:32:32 pm
Maybe our dear Webmaster Ken, should just cut the number of hits being visible to anyone to just being visible to the author of the photo, letting him alone eating his pride & not infect others with jealousy of "my photo from a year ago has only some 100 hits Sad" ?  Similar to how the access to "Photos considered for deletion" was closed to members.
Face it, when you look for photos you look on photo first, not hits. Basically, hits are unnecessary to tell you anything if you found someone's photo being commonly interesting anyway. So well, if there are no hits visible to anyone, then you don't need the Top 3 daily/weekly/monthly/yearly. Yes, the "sport" side disappears as well as the static feel of the site where you used to only be jealous of Top 3, browse through the recent uploads, or well, search for some particular ship.  Could have instead made 3 random photos every time the page is refreshed - the kind of feature I asked long ago but, alas, nothing yet. Yeah, I miss that "Las Vegas feeling" when I was refreshing the home page over & over until some interesting photo from the depths appears, not bothering about Most Popular photos much since it's all the same either scrap or accident or kind of photos you usually can find on Flickr or anywhere else.

Done!
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: MSC Monterey in trouble off Newfoundland on: December 31, 2013, 11:24:41 pm
Ted, I think you repeating like your older posts over & over while the containerships continue to crack! xD


Meanwhile, Happy New Year to all!  Grin  What kind of beautiful/interesting/ugly ships to spot now this year will bring?

Regards,
Denis
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: MSC Monterey in trouble off Newfoundland on: December 30, 2013, 12:56:58 pm
Ted, I think we might see more photos from primedude, scraping now big 300m 10 year old boxers...  There's a high rate of building new ones anyway!

Oh, and as usual, every time a new ship gets (in)famous, people start reuploading old photos of it for the sake of hits. Cheesy
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: large fire on cruise ship "Ocean Countess" on: December 01, 2013, 07:50:10 pm
I wonder who will be first in the line now - breakers or some rich enthusiast who might have better plans for the poor ship?

Also, LOL @ some people who reupload their old shots of the ship to gain hits.
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Ecoliner on: November 11, 2013, 09:20:41 pm
The device for saving fuel should be as "simple" as possible & require as less as possible costs on it's maintenance. Dynarig is significantly inferior to a Flettner rotor or just a kite as it seems.
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Ecoliner on: November 11, 2013, 07:42:16 pm
If someone's interested: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/173137/
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Ecoliner on: November 11, 2013, 07:00:48 pm
Yes, docking such ship in ports only with the help of wind would be a fun challenge.
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Ecoliner on: November 11, 2013, 02:21:18 pm
Mark, I have very same thoughts regarding cargo operations & passing under bridges. I see B9's ship has small cranes, what if it would require a harbour crane anyway?
Also, small open deck spaces & unusable forecastle (I think) - dynarig concept could be good for a tanker or passenger vessel, but this as cargo ship - it will be in a darkest shadow from normal ships, especially like Hartman M2 Runner (those odd Oceanic & Nordic).
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / B9's dynarig cargo ship on: November 10, 2013, 08:15:37 pm
Another concept of the dynarig cargo ship:



http://www.b9energy.com/B9Shipping/tabid/4036/language/en-US/Default.aspx
http://www.humphreysdesign.com/1724/b9-shipping-feasibility-study-successfully-completed/
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Heavy Lift Vessel VS. Heavy Load Carrier on: October 26, 2013, 02:23:42 pm
What's the difference between these two? I mean, I know what's a heavylift vessel and for a Heavy Load Carrier I had on mind all gearless semi-submersible ships, including ones like MERI & AURA. Yet I notice a typical heavy lift vessel like FAIRPARTNER is labeled as "Heavy Load Carrier". How to tell which vessel is a Heavy Lift one & which one is a Heavy Load one & which one is just a "General Cargo Ship, strengthened for Heavy Cargo", no matter that it has some 1000t (!) cranes on board?
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Top photos over a year old on: October 22, 2013, 08:36:29 pm
Go to http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo-search.php, there you can select "Sort by: Most popular first".  You can also customize it by categories & etc.
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Heavy lift ship on: October 18, 2013, 05:08:12 pm
I guess sooner there will be more confusion about what's a heavy lift vessel. Many now are just classed as multipurpose (geared) vessels, strengthened for heavy cargo. Hence they can be found both in gen.cargo ships & heavy lift vessels categories here. Like 40 years ago a derrick of some 80t was a heavy lift one. Now many geared gen.cargo ships have 2 or more cranes of 80t & more.
All SAL ships should be in heavy lift category, I reckon.
Also, maybe there should be a sorta subcategory like "Heavy Load Ships" for semi-submersible & gearless heavy "lift" vessels?
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Additional info, gone? on: September 20, 2013, 12:21:05 pm
Unfortunately, it's gone. But hey, at least now it's fun playing the "Guess the built year" while browsing photos.
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