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16  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Handling tweendeck covers on: January 10, 2018, 06:13:02 pm
I was looking at the DEO VOLENTE & OCEANIC (both are Hartman vessels) general arrangement plans & I'm wondering how are the tweendeck hatch covers are opened/closed/stacked.  For first vessel I read that it's gantry hatch cover crane can handle both hatch covers & tweendeck covers, second vessel also uses it's gantry crane to do the same.  And not just that, but same gantry crane can also rotate tweendeck covers on 90 degrees & stack one on another forming a bulkhead.  I looked at gantry cranes for those 2 vessels on photos & how it's drawn on GA plans & by the looks of it, it can only handle the upper hatch covers.   The crane's spreader has 4 hooks & connects to covers at their sides, it also can't change it's width.  Yet the the hold is narrower than the spreader which can't be fully lowered to reach the tweendeck.
Also, from those ships' GA plans I think the tweendeck covers can only be stacked within the hold...  or the same gantry crane can somehow lift them & stack on the upper deck?
Could someone shine a light on this?

17  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: YARA Birkeland - first autonomous all-electric feeder on: October 12, 2017, 05:59:06 pm
I see recently they changed it's design:
18  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: YARA Birkeland - first autonomous all-electric feeder on: July 22, 2017, 06:21:09 pm
I very much like it's design on those pics - appears to be more "beautiful" & cooler than the earlier Revolt.  That leaning foremast must be retractable somehow or it would be an obstruction when loading containers in the fore-hold.

Also, if this ship will really sail as they say, our dear member Tomas might be the one frequently supplying us with pics of her from his drone/bridge.  Wink
19  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / YARA Birkeland - first autonomous all-electric feeder on: July 18, 2017, 11:01:12 pm

The ship
The vessel Yara Birkeland will be the world’s first fully electric and autonomous container ship, with zero emissions. KONGSBERG is responsible for development and delivery of all key enabling technologies including the sensors and integration required for remote and autonomous ship operations, in addition to the electric drive, battery and propulsion control systems.
A 100 -150 TEU open top container vessel. A fully battery powered solution, prepared for remote control and autonomous operation. The following describes our concept design. The design company and the final design will be decided by the end of Q2 2017, and the delivering ship yard within Q3 2017.

Operational area
The vessel will sail within 12 nautical miles from the coast, between 3 ports in southern Norway. The whole area is completely covered the The Norwegian Coastal Administrations' VTS system at Brevik. The distances between the ports are:

Herøya – Brevik (approx. 7 nm)
Herøya – Larvik (approx. 30 nm)

2017: Design finalised - design done by Marin Teknikk, Norway.
Building contract awarded.
2018: The vessel will be delivered from the yard in the second half of 2018.
2018: Testing with a captain and small crew, placed in a container-based bridge and crew unit, is scheduled to start second half of 2018.
2019: Remote control tests will be carried out in 2019.
2020: The vessel will be fully autonomous in 2020.
20  Shipspotters all over the world / Scale Models / Re: Scratch built coaster on: June 07, 2017, 07:34:32 pm
Lovely model, Arne - hard to believe it's actually a 1m long!  Shocked  Goes pretty fast too, maybe some 30kn if scalled, hehe...
Is there a reason behind building exactly that ship among all & how long it took to complete it?
21  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Newbie with some photos on: May 18, 2017, 07:42:09 pm
Hi, nice collection, even has few of my favourite ships too!  Grin
22  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Yacht tenders on: May 13, 2017, 10:42:56 pm
They would look odd in Offshore's Support category among what's usually in there.  I'd suggest to just place them in Special Purpose Ships.
And there's pretty much enough of categories so far for members to misplace their photos.
23  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: "SOUTHERN PHOENIX" IMO 8520434 sinks at Suva, Fiji. on: May 07, 2017, 01:38:58 pm
One of those nice looking Sietas Type 111a with 2x30t cranes...

Our Sietas fan Jens is not happy!  Roll Eyes
24  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Radars on foremast on some cargo ships... on: April 14, 2017, 07:03:27 pm
Hi Roy, thanks for your reply.  Well, how would you explain why they put 1 radar antenna on foremast on this ship - ?  Not like the possible deck cargo would be obstructing it, was the radar placed on the aft with the other one.
Out of curiosity I compared the profiles of those ships I mentioned & all of them have the front radar above the accommodation level, but below the aft radar level.

Another thing I noticed is that those ships that have other equipment on top deck standing close to the magnetic compass would usually have that compass slightly raised above that stuff.
25  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Radars on foremast on some cargo ships... on: April 14, 2017, 10:04:51 am
I wonder, why do some general cargo ships with aft accommodation have 1 of the 2 rotating radar antennas on top of the foremast instead of having both above the bridge?   Ships like Deo Volente, Arctic Rock, Marietje Deborah & etc.  What are the rules for placing those radar antennas?  I would guess, even if placing it on foremast, it still should be above the bridge level...  Though I have seen some big ferries having a rotating radar on the front of accommodation below the bridge.  Huh

Another question regarding placing the magneting compass above the bridge on cargo ships.  Sometimes it can be seen standing on some platform above the bridge, often just on deck above the bridge - why's that?  What if there's an obstruction behind it like a tall funnel or something?

26  Shipspotters all over the world / Scale Models / Re: Cardboard Models on: March 24, 2017, 07:45:55 am
I did some searchging - there's only one photo of her here -
& also these:
& almost a profile view -
I don't have much knowledge regarding 50s-60s ships - I'm more in to 90s-onwards ones & have GA plans of many coasters & medium sized cargo ships of this period.  So, any infos regarding your ship (dimensions, sisterships, etc) from other members would be much welcome!
Another question - if you want to have a model of that ship - how accurate you want it to look like? An exact copy or a "kids toy" that more or less resembles the original ship?   Have you ever modeled ships?
27  Shipspotters all over the world / Scale Models / Re: Cardboard Models on: March 22, 2017, 09:10:02 am
Well, long ago I was building ship models out of cardboard/paper & other stuff... Could you provide infos of your vessel for a start?

There was this thread about scratch built models, incl. ones from cardboard -,10219.0.html
28  Shipspotters all over the world / Scale Models / Re: Falls Line sailing vessels - deck plans on: January 11, 2017, 11:43:18 pm
Not sure, maybe he already has these blueprints of internal arrangements of some of the ship's compartments. Nothing more from me, sorry.
29  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: What's Your Favourite Ship Photo That You Took In 2016? on: January 02, 2017, 04:50:29 pm
For me I think it would be this photo of the YASNYY (IMO 8422242) among all I took of her during those days, not in my uploads though.  These Neftegaz-type AHTS are among my favourites & I've been chasing to see what's available of them for me since like 2001 when I first saw the NEFTEGAZ-51 & fell in love with her looks right away. I think this is the best & the closest sight I could get of these ships.
30  Shipspotters all over the world / Scale Models / Re: Decals on scratch built models on: December 14, 2016, 07:43:30 am
Right, a film on a painted hull will be visible...  So far I found there's a way of simply printing the lettering on a normal paper, cover it with a scotch tape, cut out extra parts around the needed area, put to soap water for some seconds, carefully remove the paper from tape - the lettering should remain under the tape & then glue that to the model.   The problem here is, the scotch tape has some thickness & would be visible on a painted hull.  Less problems if the hull is not painted but a colored cardboard with a scotch tape all aover it for waterproof - my now outdated way of modeling, so decals as scotch is not a decent way to do it.
Then, how do lettering get on hull without decals & manual writing with brush?
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