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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Scale Models / Re: Scratch built coaster on: April 06, 2018, 02:41:10 am
Hi Arne,  Sorry for the extensive delay in response to your posting. Very enjoyable, so realistic. Just one query, what do you mean when you say, constructed in a positive-negative process?. Is this a reference to fibre glassing technique? Cheers Greg
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: MAERSK HONAM on fire in the Arabian Sea on: March 09, 2018, 01:30:28 pm
Whilst it has been an interesting couple of days for shipping buffs and to a lesser extent the media, it is even more interesting that it hadnt cracked  the heavyweights BBC or Australian news. I suppose thats what they call or mean by BLANKET COVERAGE -- not. Of course I may be wrong, but it has been only through colleagues I heard and then read about this news in some article issued from somewhere in the Baltic States- I presume. Have to admit the need to know system worked well. Sad consequences as usual, but the fortunate part being rescue for the majority close at hand by the ALS CERES crew members.
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Just booked a cargo cruise with CMA CGM. Advice for a great trip? on: February 26, 2018, 02:33:48 pm
Ensure bottle jars cans and other sliding objects are secure and unlikely to start rolling around in any sort of seaway. That chairs are wedged are laid down in the least likely manner to fall over in rough weather especially in sharp quick rolling and pitching. Nothing worse than bonk-rattle-rattle -rattle bonk across a surface (usually inside an otherwise empty cabin drawer)- , or doors slamming --especially in the empty locked cabin next to yours  :-)

In the event of rolling heavily wedge a pillow under the offside of the bunk mattress it will help hold you against the bulkhead.

Make sure that doors entry door and toilet door are closed or opened and secured on a latch and close them quietly at all times.

If you have a favourite snack, bring some with you. Nothing like your own snacks on a vessel.

Dont sit on rails and dont walk up the weather side of the deck.

Whether a helmet is needed. This may be a tongue in cheek comment as the ship ought to have spare helmets but its unlikely you would require one. Ear plugs are cheap easy to carry and you only need the soft airline type plugs. If they offer a tour of the engine room they will probably offer you a set of ear muffs anyway. and Boots.

The bridge or wheelhouse is the place most passengers take an interest in and its advisable to judge the temperament and character of the watch keeper before asking permission to "hang around quietly" Some guys are quite welcoming but others do actually prefer a relatively unspoken watch.

Obviously in busy times when there is a lot of traffic around and the officer needs a little extra consideration time, is a good time to go up to the monkey island.

Never borrow the binoculars without checking to see who they belong to (permission)and whether the glasses have been set for a specific owner or user.

Never distract the lookout or strike up a conversation with him on watch. Officer may be a different matter.

Dont scare the watch officer at night by creeping up behind him and shouting "BOO".

Have a great trip.   Greg.

4  Shipspotters all over the world / Scale Models / Re: General Arrangement plans of German vessel on: November 11, 2017, 01:38:16 pm
You could try Class which I guess was GL back in those days, they may have microfilmed plans in archives. Alternatively, try some of the museums in those locations. Good Luck.
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Scale Models / Re: MV TEAKWOOD on: July 25, 2017, 02:16:12 pm

I found Lloyd's foundation really helpful.

They hunted down several plans I asked about and sent them out within two weeks. Good luck.
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: "World's Largest" OOCL Hong Kong sails for Suez, 6 July 2017 on: July 10, 2017, 12:16:17 pm
 tbr cosco hong kong or communist hong kong..... Wink another nail in the coffin.
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: CLUB HARMONY has been demolished? on: July 08, 2017, 05:07:11 am
CLUB HARMONY was stricken from the Marshall Islands Registry during 12 May 2014. No idea where it was registered thereafter. Whilst under MI flag I do not believe it undertook any commercial activity.
8  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, 04:01:57 pm
Ummh, the tear in the hull plating running aft from the stem, roughly located over the bulbous bow warning mark and in line with the lower lever of the hawse pipe opening on the port side of the container vessel. Stretches almost as far aft as the draft marks located on the perpendicular.   
9  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, 12:29:36 am
Whilst premature to make any worthwhile comments, rather speculation,  it should also be considered that the container vessel may have been an overtaking vessel on a converging course. the damage on the stem cannot be seen entirely but the initial strike point coinciding with the destroyers weather deck appears from this photo to be more to the port side of the stem. (not sure what the bulbous bow is like but that would have opened up the destroyers hull to some extent. It is also a question as to whether the destroyer was seen or take seriously as a target (on the radar) and whether the destroyers design contributed to its own demise. An interesting point these days is that a moderate percentage of seafarers and I am talking deck watch keepers have no idea of the arc of visibility of a stern light. When asked they invariably say 180 degrees for all lights. In other words they simply have no idea. Just conjecture. nothing more!
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Ship search - Silver Eburna, Thai River on: June 17, 2017, 11:01:43 am
I stand corrected. she was at the Jiminez area and alongside between 1800 hours 12th June and 1800 hours 13th June. (no position change during that approx period). Joe Shell are still operators. Sinokor may be charterers. I have assumed local time, owise allow time diff of 8 hours.
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Ship search - Silver Eburna, Thai River on: June 17, 2017, 08:56:04 am
Hello seas2fly,  are you discussing a port that appears to go by the name Lahad Datu by any chance. If so there are three jettys one of which may have been occupied by Silver Eburna
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Scale Models / Re: Scratch built coaster on: June 12, 2017, 01:39:59 am
Very pleasant looking craft, It looks alive. I like the garbage drum on the poop rails, nice touch. I guess not allowed todays age of statutory Marpol! Did you build the hull, plank on frame, and what materials have been utilised. ie. the usual mix of wood, plastic, and anything suitable that comes to hand. What scale.. maybe I missed that somewhere. Cheers Greg
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Scale Models / Re: Plans of the Westmoreland - Taupo Tekoa class cargo liners of the NZSCo on: May 03, 2017, 10:39:14 am
Like to thank everyone who contributed to my query with details of where to look. Finally Lloyds' had a few plans which were presented gratis. Also an old Sea Breezes mag going back 8 years had some great photos of a previous modellers 1:200 model and he kindly sent many deck photos of his own model. Thank you all. regards Greg (I can only wish that I had taken more photos of the vessels I sailed on.)
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: S Korean cargo ship Stellar Daisy vanishes in South Atlantic on: April 08, 2017, 12:59:00 pm
The Lloyds Article referred to by Timsen starts with the following:-

"Six serious deficiencies were found in the vessel this February but it was allowed to sail without any detention."

Ok! Mr Lloyds journalist, can you be more specific, we can all check Tokyo Mou, but how do you happen to know the seriousness of each of the issues raised--- do you even know what they were and what was said (written)?? Furthermore in your opinion why should it have been detained as you so righteously suggest!

So quite frankly Mr. Journalist, your hyped article as it currently appears, is not worth a toss. It is a disgrace.
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: A ship engine failed, no one could fix it. on: January 01, 2017, 05:13:37 am
It is indeed funny but sadly everything in this article is fact. Recently had an incident where a technician was flown 8000 miles from the country of ownership to repair a gmdss setup (one component). He arrived but his baggage containing the item apparently required, was lost in transit and arrived two days later. The operator was up in arms due to lost charter hire, as vessel was under psc detention for other matters too.

In desperation the technician boarded the vessel at a remote anchorage, cleaned and overhauled the equipment thoroughly and it worked!!! (No spares fitted!).

The vessel was back on hire. It seems to me however that operators have all sorts of tax defying gadgets to hand to look after themselves and a book of excuses when it comes to payment for knowledgable services rendered...

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