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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: France wins bids for $ 40 billion submarine deal for Australia on: April 26, 2016, 04:07:57 pm
or not at all on warfare equipment ?  or is Australia under a amphibious attack soon ?  The chinese coming ?  Thought they were busy with Philippines !!!
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Has the Industry Made a Mega-Ship Error? on: April 09, 2016, 08:35:41 pm
Well,,on ships automation was syncronym with less sailors until the damages and repairs triggered by automation out of control got too much, the automation is still there,,the sailors not and the damages rolled off to insurance  !!!
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Has the Industry Made a Mega-Ship Error? on: April 09, 2016, 01:35:05 pm
Interesting ,to say the least,, Should those super managers have run all in the wrong direction, like a stampede of cows with not much foresight ?
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Mushroom anchor on: March 26, 2016, 02:20:48 pm
Almost always used to anchor buoys, as stated above the holding power is very good in silting areas
and they dig themself in over time. Heard that after years sometimes to remove buoys or change them it is very hard to get them out of the ground.
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Hyundai Merchant Marine on the verge of bankruptcy as creditors reject debt resc on: March 19, 2016, 01:55:59 pm
The problem with a merger is always before as a "lot of sense"  most of the time it is a problem when it happens. Remember Hapag and GP, after it was done it suddenly cost a lot. Maersk taking over Sealand , the transition was rather rocky and that it worked was because of Maersk,s deep pockets.  Fact is that most mergers have a major flaw,,that both "former" companies MANAGERS think they are the new bosses in the new company. On top of that, goodwill is often bought, Managers getting golden hand shakes to go and employees in lower ranks are send home sometimes by the 1000,s and of course without the golden !!!!
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Hyundai Merchant Marine on the verge of bankruptcy as creditors reject debt resc on: March 18, 2016, 05:16:20 pm
Interesting to read, and for shipowners a real bad situation, but then,,they all herded in the same direction without thinking ahead since years.
 
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: How does one delete one's account? on: March 12, 2016, 06:28:13 pm
Matty, via a pc ?  :-)
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Vessels moored versus vessels on the move ! on: March 04, 2016, 07:18:30 pm
Well Pieter

Hmm that comment makes me think, Airline crews walking through with no checking !!! (Of course they are prechecked) Extra lines are even in the airports for them. Ships crews, even after 100 trips to the same port are checked for hours,, is there a difference between them from the point of view that persons who operate the travelling means are involved. Wouldn,t that mean that sailors, special on liner service, should not be checked anymore ?
BTW on passenger ships it is not done,(random checks yes),could be otherwise inconvenient to the service of the crew to the passengers i.e. tourists
The means of travelling has not much to do with time of processing one person at the point of entry
to a country, now does it ?

9  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Vessels moored versus vessels on the move ! on: March 04, 2016, 01:53:00 pm
ISPS,, what a god send to all authorities

Authorities in any form or shape in any country of the world,, you name it,, all what they have to stutter,, SECURITY and all spigots of money distribution are opened immediately, because anyone who will object to the slightest is automatic labeled as a friend of terrorists. Some ports, where in the whole history of the port never any incident happened, special not a terroristic one have now entry gates which are more secured than Fort Knox and some vaults in banks.

ISPS is all about money,,nothing about security

For us sailors the ISPS code is a farce and the IMO who invented it is usually considered in that respect as a joke , I am aware that IMO is only the institution who implements regulations voted on
by its member states and they do not make the regulations by themself also when the texts are usually worked out before the yearly meetings by the IMO.
If tourists were treated as sailors the whole world wide tourism industry would be dead overnight.
Think about, nowadays, before a ship reaches a port, pre clearances are carried out, which means the sailors are screened and checked, they have all visas, so they are already long time pre checked, otherwise no visas !!! if on liner service, it is done again and again. Then the clear in at the ports, takes usually rough 1 hour.
In one hour a airport like London/Frankfurt/Chicago/Orlando, how much tourists are waived virtually through in one hour ?, while the clear in of 20 sailors takes also a hour.
I don,t blame the authorities which perform those clearances, they doing their job same as we do, but the governments and higher ups, if they ever would be treated like that, they would change the laws immediately !!!


10  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: CSCL Indian Ocean aground on Elbe on: February 09, 2016, 01:20:44 am
Lets hope it works to get her off
otherwise they have a real problem on their hands !!!!
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: CSCL Indian Ocean aground on Elbe on: February 07, 2016, 09:52:26 pm
Use off anchor.  It is nowadays regarded as NOT TO DO in certain circumstances and this is one of them.

1) The anchor will not hold the ship or  slow it substantial down on that short distance.

2) It is even dangerous when the anchor itself gets dragged along and then sits suddenly between the   river floor and the ship and rips open the hull of the vessel, next thing is a oil spill and such.

3) Even if the anchor manages to stop the ship the very same will turn, grounding side ways in the fairway which leads to a blockage of the very same, which is the good case, but it could be that she also sits then with the bow and stern on the ground and breaks in the river in two pieces
Imagine that,, oil spill,, and the river blocked for days/weeks ?
 

So if it was not dropped or was not dropped because it was not there was possibly the good thing on this case.. The missing starboard anchor did not contribute at all to the incident. If not reported, not good for that matter, but otherwise rather unimportant to what has happened
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: CSCL Indian Ocean aground on Elbe on: February 07, 2016, 12:49:01 am
@ Ventuari

I had such situations also a few times, and until now lucky that nothing really came out of it.
One time it was damned close ,,though
The Houston Ship (shit) Channel is known for those close encounters. Hate to go that one up and down !!!

brgds
capt ted
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: CSCL Indian Ocean aground on Elbe on: February 06, 2016, 04:54:00 pm
@ hole drille and BobS
Sorry,,can,t and don,t see what you see

If you look careful, at seq 12th min, at the end. the Empire is already with a heading
to her starboard and would pass port-port. The Indian Ocean however is starting during that time period
already to turn to her port side. With that she actually in such situation turns to the WRONG side , special because the fairway is straight no need to turn at that time because of the Fairway, if at all she wanted or they thought they have a situation to avoid the Empire she should have turned to the starboard. However she starts turning to her port at a time where the Empire shows her already her port side.
For me it is clear that
a) she really gives port rudder and therefore she is at fault by not following the rules
b) that the rudder is out and stuck on a port setting and no chance anymore to avoid the grounding

one could argue that the Empire should have stayed on the green side and let pass the Indian Ocean green/green, but she passed clear to the red side and the Indian Ocean starts turning to her port side when the Empire was already on a clear pass red/red course
   
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: CSCL Indian Ocean aground on Elbe on: February 05, 2016, 03:28:25 pm
Well Bob
If you watch careful ahead,,the fairway is straight to the next green buoy and if the EMPIRE would have been considered a problem the reaction should have been to steer the ship more to the starboard side and not to the port.

15  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: CSCL Indian Ocean aground on Elbe on: February 04, 2016, 04:44:32 pm
operating cost is negligible compared with the daily loss of time and schedule. Not only the ship also the containers aboard are exspected somewhere,,just in time delivery comes to mind !!!!
The waiting chain behind is much worst !!!

operating cost,, well crew is relative cheap,, the fuel consumption is of course depending on how much KW is needed to run live-reefers for example,,, but overall a rather low cost compared to what one thinks.
the fuel consumption is the highest cost for such ships,,but the main engine is stopped, therefore again most probably rather low with what one might think because of the size of the ship

What is not in the picture the Insurance and financing costs,,those can run rather high
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