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1  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
2  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
3  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.
4  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
5  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 !!!!
6  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.
 
7  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.
8  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 ?
9  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 !!!
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: US Navy destroyer collides with oil tanker off Singapore on: August 25, 2017, 01:56:26 pm
An interesting addition to above topic

In the newspaper they had here in Tampa Bay lately a article about why it happened and so on. The general tenor was that the Navy people do not have sufficient training because of budget cuts. The electronic equipment is as per them (Pentagon spokes persons/politicans) not serviced in proper intervals and the equipment is
partial old. Basically came down, they need better training,, better equipment and so on, in other words more money.  The only thing which was never mentioned were the COLREGS which can be easily followed by looking out
of the bridge windows and follow the rules accordingly  !!!!!
But I mentioned it before, in todays world it is only trained to push buttons and use any kind of electronic equipment available but not "Look out of the window" !!!!
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: US Navy destroyer collides with oil tanker off Singapore on: August 24, 2017, 12:34:33 pm
@ Lappino,,, yes,,but that would be the ideal situation.
I saw in my officer time and later heard often from officers when I was Captain that there are a lot of Captain,s which are total unable and/or unwilling to even consider any suggestion from a lower rank, and that in the merchant marine. One can imagine how that could be on a Navy ship.  Of course it should not be that way but it is !!!
On my last assignment I had a port of call and a berth I never been, so I asked my officers and asked then one of them who was there before what his suggestion would be, what to do and how to manage certain things. The
guy was totally out of it.  Afterwards when we spoke a little about this and that he mentioned to me that I was the first Captain who asked him or his fellow officers for input and/or information.   That says it all, still in todays world about the way some nationalities doing things.
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: US Navy destroyer collides with oil tanker off Singapore on: August 23, 2017, 01:20:09 pm
@ Michael-S,, you are correct on that one, she should have set NUK signals. But as you mentioned most
peoples mixing that one with "restricted" rules and having problems to keep them apart.
General Navy ships are in those cases the worst.  But I think it has nothing to do with ,as often implied the mention of arrogance special US-Navy, but more the way they learn it. All Navies in general having the problem that they overly trained to stick to the rules, but that means also that they are totally set in that "to be overly correct" pattern and do not see (or can,t see) that they sound arrogant or incompetent.  One has to keep in mind that rank by rank on a bridge, it would be extreme hard for a lower rank to tell a higher rank,, Hey you screwing up, because if wrong, the future will have a few bumps ahead !!!   
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: US Navy destroyer collides with oil tanker off Singapore on: August 22, 2017, 12:44:08 am
No offence to posters above,,,
Look at the shape of the impact. From port aft quarter,,which means the tanker came from there and was
by that the overtaker and therefore the give-way-vessel.
Why a Navy vessel however can not avoid things like that as she has power at moments notice from their
engines and could maneuver "rather" quick,,that is for me a riddle.
btw,, do you guys really thing that the Chinese or UK or AUS or whatever Navy do not think that they own the oceans,,, if so,,then you never been with a Navy ship of any nation on a VHF and talking with them !!!
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: CSCL Jupiter Container ship of 366 meters in trouble on Westerschelde on: August 15, 2017, 03:49:11 pm
@ Holdriller and Davidships
As per regs the anchors have to be ready to be dropped at a moments notice. I was once asked what I think of it and said, with bigger ships on a river and straight onto a riverbank I NEVER would drop the anchor. The reason is that when you drop it and it drops in front of the vessel it will be "run over" by the ship and rips holes into the bottom. If it goes much backwards also into center fuel tanks the oel spill is there too, As most ships have anchor chain of 10-12 shots (each shot27.5m) you can calculate where the anchor will be when it is dropped by a vessel like this.
So hanging the anchors like that  is for his incident good,,if now the pilot said no or the Kapt or both,, who knows,,but decision per se was in this case good
brgds
capt ted
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Shipping Special!! Marie Maersk arriving in a force 7 gale with 4 tugs 3rd Augus on: August 06, 2017, 12:50:21 am
Well Bob and Chris,,
wind is by my experience much more the problem for container ships than waves/sea, special close to ports
or inside ports when the vessels moving slow. Why you think they use 4 tugs,,,because it is no big deal ?
I remember when we were only half loaded by draught and had 6-7 high empty containers on deck.
I once needed 1.5 hrs with 3 tugs to berth the vessel in Hamburg in 2006,,with force 5 winds !!!
That vessel was the ex CSAV Santos,,not really considered anymore a bigger container ship with "only" 2500 TEU
but you can believe me,,they behave like sailing vessels when slowing down and to keep them in control is a task and not "no big deal"
brgds
capt ted
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