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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: US Navy destroyer collides with oil tanker off Singapore on: Yesterday at 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 !!!
2  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
capt ted
3  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"
capt ted
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: photographing in constanta romania on: August 06, 2017, 12:41:54 am
Hi Peter
I was in Constanca in 2015 in the big DD area.  Opposite of the Dry dock areas is a former CASINO,, from there seemed to go a
public seawall a whole way towards the port entrance and passing a few piers and a repair area.
Also there are two or 3 light houses on the sea wall which seemed to be visited by peoples.
May be thats a good shot to explore. A good taxidriver should know how to get there. I you look on google earth you might be able to make out the area.

capt ted
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Would you give up your hobby for a woman ? on: July 17, 2017, 08:18:58 pm
A smart woman never would ask you to give something up !!! Smiley Smiley
in other words,,if you have a woman who wants that,,,may be you have the wrong woman
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: OOCL UNITED KINGDOM on: July 01, 2017, 11:21:01 am
I wonder how long it takes until the thickness of the paint is also counted in the size measurements of a ship to be the biggest ever ?!
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Destroyer USS Fitzgerald Collides with Philippine Merchant Ship; At Least 1 Sail on: June 18, 2017, 08:14:19 pm
I would not wonder when the watch of the Navy ship thought that the container ship is over taking her and
the container ship crew thought it was a crossing.
As the upper rail of the forecastle is bend almost entirely inwards and not like in a head-on or steeper angle
collision backwards it seems that the container ship possible hit the navy ship in a rough angle where the
stern light section stops and the sidelight section starts (22.5 degree abaft of abeam) if not even more from the stern section. The classical area of disagreement between vessels if the one is really a "crosser" or "over-taker".
Nowadays construction of navy ships, possible none detection measures by radar, wasn,t helpful most probably either and could be cause for the container ship not to have the navy ship always in the radar and thinking it was a false echo.
A lot Navy and Coast Guard ships running in the night without lights, combined that with bad radar target and no light could have make the container ship crew believe that there really is nothing until it was too late.

8  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Fears persist of potential Yang Ming failure on: May 26, 2017, 08:48:30 pm
Fine with me too,, who does not want to look,,don,t.. keep going johnny
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Imagine now a storm comes along,,drifting and no propulsion on: May 16, 2017, 07:26:01 pm
Drifting with no propulsion !!!  But all ok,,no problem

Norwegian Star has broken down off the coast of Australia after suffering a failure of its propulsion system for a second time.

The 2,240-passenger ship is waiting to be towed to Melbourne.

She is on a 12-night cruise from Sydney to Auckland, but due to the ongoing mechanical problems, the ship is likely to skip several ports.

NCL said in a statement: "During the early morning hours, Norwegian Star's azipod propulsion system experienced a technical malfunction and the ship is currently without propulsion approximately 20 miles offshore near Melbourne, Australia.

"The ship has full power and all onboard services are fully operational. All guest amenities remain open and available and the weather conditions are favorable.

"The ship is in no danger whatsoever and the comfort and safety of our guests and crew are unaffected by this situation."

The company said that changes to the current cruise, which departed on February 6 from Sydney, will be confirmed 'once the ship arrives alongside and a technical team has assessed the repair timeline'.

Passengers are able to remain onboard while the ship is docked, NCL said.

When repairs are completed the ship will continue to Auckland on the revised itinerary. The next cruise, scheduled to depart Auckland on February 18, is expected to operate as originally scheduled, the line said.

The propulsion issues started midway through a 33-night Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand~cruise in mid-January, which led to it cancelling five out of 10 stops.

The 16-year-old ship had suffered a separate mechanical issue last December that affected its other azipod.
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Yacht tenders on: May 13, 2017, 09:52:04 pm
How about a cathegory "re-build and/or re-purpose", This could also cover such things as re-build shrimper to general cargo vessels and/or landing crafts which are now serving as general cargo ships and same with supplier from the oil fields.  Those are always hard to place.
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Yacht tenders on: May 13, 2017, 12:30:10 pm
looks almost like his one,, also not really sure where she belongs to. Listed as crewing tender and such,,but was shown as passenger vessel in AIS.  massive rebuild compared with her former appearance.
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: In Depth: Interview: Smart Ships Are Coming! on: May 08, 2017, 08:31:32 pm
Very interesting what was said however some bigger aspects, and very costly ones were not addressed at all.
One of the biggest mentioned matters is always the cost of human errors, however those errors are often the
result of under qualified personal as we can see nowadays all too often.
But nevertheless a few points from my side
(and NO I am not against it, as I will retire in the next 3-4 years it will not effect me, therefore I
don,t mind too much)
Below a few things which come to my mind as sailor

1) How the ships are moored in ports, conventional ?
   Then a port like Rotterdam would need a huge pool of people who handle
   the mooring. Those people will be compared with sailors very expensive
   and still big potential of human error.

   Or are all piers worldwide equipped with a for example a magnetic system
   which holds the vessel in place and the magnets going with the ship up and down ?
   Or like some museo ships,, permanent devices which can open or close itself.

2) how tugs attach themselves to the vessels, do they need
   a) crew on the tug
   b) mooring gangs on the ship, both human error again

3) Are the ships piloted into ports by remote too ?
   Are those highly skilled peoples in the socalled remote-centers really cheaper then sailors.
   Can one person in those centers really handle more then one ship at a time on the Maas river ?
4) Regular checking on technical equipment, Are those highly paid technicans really
   cheaper then a permanent ships electrician/electronics officer ?

5) How to catch up with a ship in distress, flying in a technical help crew ?

6) and last but not least, who is responsible when things go really wrong.

I am sure there are more open questions, this comes just to my mind withhin 5 minutes writting

Until now they have always a captain to hang,,they hang the PC programmers ? or the
technican who made the last overhaul,, or the owners,,  just in case  etc etc

To let sail a ship over a ocean,,that is the easy part and can be done since years  with no crew
if wanted, nothing new there, the technology is long time available.
But what I presently doubt is the statement that it is much more cost efficient then ships with crews.
80 % or more of the world fleet is now run by 2nd and 3rd world cheap crews and they are more expensive
then highly paid programmers/technicians/mooring gangs/remote controller/visual pilots and so on and on ?

Having my doubt there.

13  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: CSCL / COSCON 22,000 teu ships on: April 20, 2017, 01:28:38 pm
@ Neil D,,, thanks for your post, a side/info which one does not hear, as most only go over how big and more big and such matters and other criterias often just brushed of or neglected.
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: lack of maritime authority control? on: April 19, 2017, 02:37:55 pm
@ davidships

Naaaaaahh,,,, all is said already on that one :-)
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Barge names and numbers on: April 19, 2017, 01:19:00 am
I assume that there are that much barges in countries like USA that they would run out of names. call them Kirby 001 and 002 and so on if the owner is KIRBY is easy and easy to recognise.
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