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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: strange Emma Maersk beahaviour on: January 12, 2014, 03:32:34 pm
Could be an SAR excersise with the local coast guard, happened before, but think this might be some excersises in manoeuvering, usually sufficient time from Gdansk to Aarhus while the necessary trainings needs to be completed somewhere between the busy schedules....
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Amusing VHF exchange on: June 23, 2011, 05:01:10 pm
With the towage itself or communication  Grin

good one!
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: maersk`new class containership ,18000teu ? on: February 27, 2011, 01:17:33 pm
I suggest everyone indeed to keep an eye on the special dedicated website of the new vessels.

Maersk Line has been very public with this new vessel type compared to the previous types, which surely shows a different attitude towards new projects.

This dedicated website gives so much information for the moment, that all new speculations cannot and will not be answered anyway.

So, enjoy the bunch of information (which could also have been a 'secret' until the delivery from the shipyard!) for the moment and see what the future brings....
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: "Godafoss" (1.457 TEU) aground in Norway 18.02.2011 on: February 18, 2011, 02:54:02 pm
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: maersk`new class containership ,18000teu ? on: February 16, 2011, 03:34:46 pm
Considering the history, it keeps quiet around these developments until the last moment. Until that time, the most creative rumors going around! Cheesy
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: maersk`new class containership ,18000teu ? on: February 07, 2011, 11:21:50 am
It's nice to see all the discussions here. As I am working at Maersk Line I would like to join discussions without going into much detail. I am not representation Maersk Line here but writing as a fellow ship spotter and obviously respect the confidentiality of the company regarding future plans.

Well, regarding the draft, it would be extremely stupid to build vessels with such a deep draft where they can not enter any port anymore, even the main ports. Rotterdam is the only port in Europe which can handle container ships up to their maximum draft of 16m without restrictions. Nowadays, the PS-Class are calling Rotterdam, Felixstowe and Bremerhaven in Northern Europe of which 2 ports (the last two) are restricted to 14.5m, which means you cannot fully load the vessel on weight.

Environment is very important, remember the waste heat recovery system on the newest ships, to gain some electric power from the exhaust gases. The bunker prices are rising so quickly that alternatives for heavy fuel must really be considered.

Agree with Phil English, the PS-Class is simply not suitable for all ports/trade, not only because of the dimensions, but imagine the number of cranes which cannot reach the outer rows (22) and the high number of tiers on deck! Smaller (but still big) container ships would be more useful here.
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Edith Maersk waiting for better weather on: February 07, 2011, 10:58:06 am
Correct, EDITH MAERSK in Rotterdam now, I am the one updating the website times Smiley
After Rotterdam she will go to Bremerhaven first, to avoid congestion in Bremerhaven and Felixstowe.

That means next week in Felixstowe Edith Maersk and Estelle Maersk will exchange berth with each other!

Evelyn Maersk anchorage in the middle of the North Sea for a Zeebrugge call next Saturday. Will be very full from Zeebrugge!

Vessels have that much time due to 2 additional weeks back to Asia, due to Chinese New Year. Vessels will not return via the Cape of Good Hope, as the average heavy fuel price is now around USD 530 per ton, compared to USD 400 per ton last year....
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Edith Maersk waiting for better weather on: February 05, 2011, 05:24:56 am
Hello Fred,

Correct, I am on duty for Maersk Line marine operations/scheduling. Indeed terminal stopped, do not expect resume before this late evening. Edith Maersk could have berth yesterday, but it's safer to stay outside to avoid the wind pushing the vessel off the quay.
Vessel was at anchor, captain told me 7 shackles on the anchor, so quite a lot. But, as I see above pic, seems he decided to keep moving...

Interested to see another one, Evelyn Maersk was bound for Algeciras anchorage from Bremerhaven, but decided to load some more in Zeebrugge next week. So, Evelyn drifting around at Westhinder anchorage.

Nedlloyd Juliana also waiting outside, no pilotage this night, perhaps later this morning. This one is bound for Uniport.

So, it will be a busy weekend for me...
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: South Korea says rescues seized ship in Arabian sea, eight pirates were killed. on: January 25, 2011, 02:11:58 pm
Only way to stop them is to shoot them. No mercy.

Why being friendly to them? Have you seen the damages to this Samho Jewelry tanker?
Looks like this vessel has been to a shooting range!

As Capt Ted said, weapons should be a logical option, however more implications with regulations etc.
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: maersk`new class containership ,18000teu ? on: January 25, 2011, 02:07:54 pm
@Capt Ted

I am working for Maersk Line in Rotterdam and responsible for scheduling of the AE7 service, on which
the E-class is sailing.

The Danish vessels, especially this E-class are sailing very 'sharp' and precise. Together with her double
bow & sternthrusters it's very easy to manoeuvre in a port. Better compared to the bridge fwd-engine aft

The limitations on the wind are certainly there. Especially if the ships are loaded with empty containers
they catch a lot of wind and are relative very light in the water. In Rotterdam (and other ports) this will
definitely give some limations.

Fortunately nowadays more and more ports are 'used' to bigger ships, which also increasing the
experience of the pilots who has to take those vessels safely in and out. Regarding the special built
tugs in Rotterdam for those E-class, well, I don't think so. Rotterdam needs more powerful tugs for
heavy bulk- and oiltankers or containerships without powerful sternthrusters, while in good weather
conditions those E-class vessels can arrive and depart without any tugs at all.

The bigger the ship, the bigger the attention of the media in case something happens....
that's a common thing Smiley

There is certainly a limit, especially if the port infrastructure (terminals & nautical) are not keeping up
with the development of those new megaships. In Northern Europe, Rotterdam is the only port
which is able to receive similar vessels already, especially once the Maasvlakte II is there.

@ Pepper_220 The current market does not really 'appreciate' such very long transit times, except if
you only wish to have empty equipment on board those services, which is not likely. The current rising
heavy fuel price during the last few months gives some advantages still to go via Suez instead of Cape of Good Hope.

Recently an E-class was approached by a pirate skiff, however, doesn't matter the speed, they are never able
to board those ships while sailing. Before the reach the deck, the crew still has time to have lunch!
It seems the pirates becoming more and more aggressive, even though the know they are not able to get on board.
Obviously this scares the crew even more.... Shocked

11  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Maersk to add two 13,092-TEU ships to AE-7 service on: January 16, 2011, 04:49:37 pm
Currently GJERTRUD MAERSK and MAERSK ALGOL sailing on the AE7 service as additional vessels, however due to their size they will be replaced by those new Maersk E- newbuildings soon. GJERTRUD MAERSK will transfer to AE6 (Med-Asia-USWC vv) and MAERSK ALGOL will transfer to a Trans Pacific service.

Phase in/phase out will be combined with the dry docking plans. First one will be the EMMA MAERSK, going into the dry dock next month in/near Hong Kong. Other E-classes will follow one by one.

Due to the Chinese New Year, all AE7/AE8 vessels sailing slowly towards Asia, creating a gap of 2 weeks for the missing sailings; which will be combined with 2 7000 TEU vessels HANJIN YANTIAN (Chartered) and MAERSK KARLSKRONA, so, shipspotters be quick...

Michael (@ Maersk Line)
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: maersk`new class containership ,18000teu ? on: December 18, 2010, 04:22:09 pm
Fully agree with PilotB10.
As I am working at Maersk Line marine operations Northern Europe, I am daily involved in the scheduling & berthing of the "Emma Maersk" class vessels. Ports like Bremerhaven, you have specific tidal requirements to ensure the vessel will swing on or just before/after the tide is changing. With such a length you are 'obstructing' a significant part of the river / tidal flow, which might push such a big vessel and let it be out of control with all negative consequences.

Perhaps vessels might be a little bit longer, but I reckon the biggest capacity increase will come from extra wide or heigh vessels. This requires a new generation of gantry cranes as well.
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: maersk`new class containership ,18000teu ? on: December 18, 2010, 09:23:46 am
Remember at this moment a very, very limited number of ports could handle such vessels if the length is really 470m.
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: maersk`new class containership ,18000teu ? on: December 17, 2010, 05:39:22 am
All E-class vessels will go into a dry dock near Hong Kong, so there are indeed more docks which can handle this size of vessel.
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: 1 Million Photos on: December 12, 2010, 05:27:42 pm
I am regularly visiting and now and then upload some pictures as well, however I noticed and as I am reading other threads, many other people as well
do not like to upload too much anymore as some pictures are being considered for deletion immediately or after a few years (!) if there's even a small tiny 'issue' with the picture. Examples that a small piece of the bow/stern not visible while it's a beautiful picture....horizon maybe not levelled completely.

Many people do their best to make and take the effort to upload their pictures and share it with the rest of the world and they are being 'punished' by very strict site standards.

Also a picture of a superstructure could be very interesting for visitors, while the only words in the comments field being 'Full ships only'....

It's clear this website should not become a garbage can and should have standards, but a little bit more flexibility and allowance to 'non-100% perfect' pictures would be appreciated by everyone.
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