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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Struggling HMM (Hyundai Merchant Marine) on: May 19, 2016, 06:38:13 pm
Both of them would be long time out of business if the Korean gov would not help all the time again or do I see that wrong ?
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: The $1billion boat arrives in Britain: World’s biggest cruise ship Harmony of th on: May 19, 2016, 06:36:33 pm
Bob,,  send them a pencil sharpener !!!! :-)
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Stability of the HUGE cruiseships on: May 17, 2016, 03:53:16 pm
I would today worry much more on how to evacuate 1000,s of peoples in a real emergency during bad weather.

stability is really not the problem for such big vessels as it is surely calculated and controlled extensively pre and during construction and the ships builded with light materials in the upper decks and everything what is heavy is integrated in the lower decks.
What I personally noticed on container ships (2500 TEU)is that the listing easy went to 3-5 degrees
when the wind from the side is higher than 25 kn, special when MT,s are carried to 5-6 high stowed or more. 
I believe the wind factor was never really good incorperated into the stability issues, one can only hope that now,, 8-10 years later they are more advanced to do so.
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: SAFMARINE MERU ablaze following collision with NORTHERN JASPER on: May 14, 2016, 06:19:41 pm
BobS and Krispen

all valid points, so even when
Northern Jasper had other vessels on her stb on which they reacted with course changes, that still does not explain why the last port course change into the path of the other ship. If there were other traffic on her stb side, then another option would have been to reduce or stop,, but a full port maneuver into the path of another vessel can not be excused by traffic on the stb. If so,,that would mean I can do it against the rule if I have a seemingly good excuse to do so.

5  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Details of new container alliance on: May 12, 2016, 09:02:23 pm
I don,t see that as a problem,,as long as enough money flows in pay offs and severance when it comes to closing and reducing parts of the owned entities owned by different carriers , all will go smooth and easy.
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: SAFMARINE MERU ablaze following collision with NORTHERN JASPER on: May 10, 2016, 07:01:51 pm
@ John
of course it is not all, then we could shutdown shipping business right now. !!!
A lot companies try hard to keep it straight,,for example the company where I work for, but there are companies around they do not follow up too much and those make the shipping always and again a bad
name. Unfortunately one hears of course only about the bad matters and not about a ship just came around the world with no incident,,,THAT WOULD HAVE NO NEWS VALUE !!!!
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: SAFMARINE MERU ablaze following collision with NORTHERN JASPER on: May 10, 2016, 06:38:05 pm
@ Phil and others

I had a 2.Officer on the bridge, I caught him in the english channel to make the port maneuver, it is clearly stated in the COLREGS not to do it "SHALL NOT" . He did it anyhow. When asked and referred to the paragraph in the COLREGS he did no give a answer, after asking closer his answer : I did not involve myself yet with those regulations too much !!!!!

Another 2.Officer, whom I asked when sailing down from Montevideo to the Magellan Strait and the daylight got everyday longer I asked him why that is so. No answer. Then I took the Nautical almanac and showed him
for example in march that on 1 day at a certain hour the declination (Lattitude) was 00-01-0 N and 1 hr later 00-02-0 S and what happened in that hour, his answer : The sun went over the North pol.


And yes,,it is pure luck that we don,t have more accidents and in congested areas (English Channel/ Strait of Gibraltar / Malakka Strait and so on only not because all is tracked by land stations and someone plays not along is called on VHF.
It is today standard that officers on the bridge,,10-12 miles apart and on a head on course with another vessel calling the other vessel  and asking what the intention is.  AS per COLREG it is clear,, both vssels changing course to their stb side and make a clear red on red pass.  My guess is 40-50 % they change the rules and pass green/green or as I witnessed in the NorthSea years back they agreed to pass green to red !!!!!! Now that was fun to hear the outcome on VHF when one realized that Green on red does not work !!!

It,s the wild WEST out there!!!!
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: SAFMARINE MERU ablaze following collision with NORTHERN JASPER on: May 10, 2016, 02:36:37 am
@ Roy
Well,,when as Master one mentions to a young OOW to look out of the window you are considered as backward.
The main problem is that a lot new electronics like ECDIS/AIS etc was "pushed" onto ships and officers without proper training. It is most of the time placed aboard and deal with it or not.
This back and force as you can see on both ships tracks is exactly what is today standard. Bear in mind we talk about big ships and not little coasters and such. Also the abandoning of the vessel seems to have been a panic reaction, in other words badly trained crews which loose quick situation awareness.
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: SAFMARINE MERU ablaze following collision with NORTHERN JASPER on: May 09, 2016, 06:11:47 pm
AIS tracks
It is unbelievable how often both ships changed courses like both tried to make a collision and on top of that the Northern Jasper made in the last
moment a hard PORT maneuver, which is explizit mentioned in the rules not to do,, both 5 degrees timely to stb and they would have passed easy. Really would like to know what nationality officers were on those bridges and where they got their licenses !!!!!

https://www.vesselfinder.com/news/6068-Video-Safmarine-Meru-collision-with-Northern-Jasper-in-East-China-Sea
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: ADONIA - IMO 9210220 at Cuba on: May 02, 2016, 05:14:13 pm
she suppose to be now in Cuba,,
11  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 !!!
12  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  !!!
13  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 ?
14  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.
15  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 !!!!
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