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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Pink Ships to Sail the Seas? on: December 08, 2017, 12:14:51 am
Holy Cow !!!!
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: What do these headings mean? on: November 16, 2017, 01:18:10 am
The tests have to be done from ships side yearly and from classification side at least every 5 years. However
PSC controls can check them anytime and during intermediate surveys too
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Chinese Very Large Container Ship seized in Egypt UPDATE on: November 14, 2017, 07:26:03 pm
Unfortunately cranes are often left in the area of berthing. Most terminals have however in their regulations that during berthing the area has to be freed of cranes. However, it is very often not done for time and cost
 reasons and when something goes wrong a ship hit a crane then the ship is held responsible.
Only way to bypass that problem would be when a Kapt refuses to berth his vessel, but he will do that 2-3 times and then he is again Chief Mate.
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: 23500 teu capacity vessels on the horizon on: November 08, 2017, 10:55:40 pm
For the comment in the article that the actually TEU count is substantial lower, my experience was that in percentage a level of rough 66 % from the max capacity could be carried when
the cargo consisted of a lot heavy reefer container and the rest a good mix. I cant,y remember that I was ever over 66%. Really don,t know if that is standard.
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Crude oil tanker oversupply manageable, but should be eliminated on: November 05, 2017, 02:38:38 pm
I agree with Pieter
But the US economy is on a roll,,,and it seems by relaxing more and more enviromental regulations all stops and plugs are pulled. It will last a while and usually when the US economy rolls the world economy benefits too.
However, once it hit the wall at the next crash which will come for sure, that crash will be worst than anything else experienced before. The shipping industry will of course benefit too, but the landing will be rough and unforgiving !!!!
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: ACCIDENT: New container ship grounds in Suez Canal on: October 27, 2017, 01:11:54 pm
I had same situation in 2000 with the MV"Fas Gulf" , on a smaller scale, the vessel ahead of us southbound lost its engine and grounded. We managed to stop, not that difficult as the distances between the ships are sufficient and the speed isn,t high. We went then with the bow into the sand at a 45 degree angle and waited for about 4 hrs until the vessel ahead was free again.

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1222860
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Emerald Star lost in Pacific - 11 crew missing on: October 17, 2017, 03:10:54 pm
@ Husni,,, The age of the ship, if she was always good maintained/surveyed/repaired should not have big impact on the situation with cargoes like that. Older ships have one advantage even,,they are often stronger builded as newer ships
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Emerald Star lost in Pacific - 11 crew missing on: October 16, 2017, 03:32:17 pm
@Trucker,, I think you mean the 500.000 tons bulkers of VALE,which hauling iron ore to China and one of them had a problem and then all the others were re-surveyed
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Emerald Star lost in Pacific - 11 crew missing on: October 14, 2017, 05:03:59 pm
Those nickel and iron ore cargoes areextremely dangerous. They if too wet , starting liquifiying, which means that the water in the cargo rises to the top and build on top a layer of "sludge" cargo. When the vessel starts
rolling the sludge stays on the side to which it rolls and does not come back and gives the veesel a list. This list increases which virtually each more roll and finally capsizing the vessel.
In those countries the cargo is stored in the open and with ever rain the cargo sucks up more water. There is usually delivered to the vessel at the beginning of loading a certificate which shows the MCL (Moist Content Level) of the cargo, However often those are updated seldom or just by signatures and not real surveys. If one loads, one has to check the cargo from ships side and the easiest way is via a tin-can test. On use a simple empy tin can, ,fills in cargo, shakes it vigriously and sets it down on a quite, flat surface. Whithhin a short time frame on top will build a water film. If that happens the cargo is oo wet.  This test should be done by the ships crew very hour when they loading.  Very often it is not done. Alsi NEVER-EVER trust the crtificates coming from shore about the MCL. I dare to say that in 8-10 cases the certificates are fake or incorrect.
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Containership problems in Durban on: October 12, 2017, 11:25:38 pm
@ old sailor
thanks info
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: MSC INES aground in Durban on: October 12, 2017, 01:32:35 pm
I was 3-4 times in the Durban port in 2000-01, with wind and swell it is really not easy to get into that port. The anchorage is not good holding ground, so one must leave the anchorage when the weather get rough. I wonder somewhat that a big ship like that still made the attempt in that eather condition to enter the port !!!!
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Shipspotting or post anything what does not float anymore on: October 07, 2017, 02:37:45 pm
@Bob
Well, agree with you on those special pics,, that was also one of the aim of my initial posting. Sometimes one signs in and all you see ships pictures from public domains.
I don,t mind at all when peoples posting pictures of older vessels which they took and posting now while they are "old" (as was mentioned, though I don,t know what old means in that context, guess I am too with now 60)
As mentioned in an earlier post I have 5-6000 pictures of vessels stand by to be posted and on a lot still to be worked on before doing so. I,d guess I have another 10000+ or so from older times. So I will be most probably belong to those older guys posting older ships.
Guess has also to do with the changing of postings, there was a time one saw only container vessels, special when a big one arrived in northern EU, same angle of the same vessel again and again,,but that fades usually, but always those old ships from the public domains,,really think that should be banished from this site.
That,s my personal opinion and not a request. But looking at some people which posted before a lot regularly and one sees them less and less posting including me (somewhere around 22000 pics I have on this site) up to not seeing them at all anymore, tells me that I am may be not alone with that view. Don,t want to mention names,,but 2-3 I know and exchanged mails and they sounded similar as to that what I wrote here.
I never said or thought that this site is bad or no good,,just that the aim and direction somehow got more and more lost.
 
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Shipspotting or post anything what does not float anymore on: October 07, 2017, 12:46:15 am
Interesting comments and replies,,that was the wanted effect.
Just wanted to state that seemingly more and more ships are posted which are pictures taken not by the poster but taken out of public domains and rather old, like from the 70s and earlier. Also when those ships "sure were spotted" at some time, I don,t think that that is the purpose of this website. I am now since 20 July 17 on vacation and sign in almost daily and the majority of ships I see are old ships  Perhaps as someone mentioned before they should be posted on sites like shipsnostalgia.
Just as side info,,I have at least 5-6000 pictures of ships all taken withhin the last 2-3 years by myself but don,t see any reason anymore to upload them here as here new ships pictures are virtually ignored by the majority of the members and seemingly not wanted , in other words the direction of this site changed from posting ships spotted rather recently to posting ships which are long time history and not necessarily taken by the poster.
Just saying.
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Shipspotting or post anything what does not float anymore on: October 06, 2017, 03:00:02 pm
I know that nobody cares anymore on this site,,for sure not the owners,,but what is this,,shipspotter,, or post anything what does not float anymore ?
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: US Navy destroyer collides with oil tanker off Singapore on: August 25, 2017, 11:20:26 pm
Thanks Kelvin, training is everything,,, really annoying when US NAVY ships and Indian sailors on merchant ships calling you on 10 and more miles distance what my intentions are?
Usually my answer:  Reaching safely my next port, but with guys like you out here it might become a difficult task !!!
After that is usually radio silence !!!
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