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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: New operator for Tilbury/Gravesend Ferry on: April 19, 2017, 08:46:08 pm
Hi Bob,

Do you know which one she is ex? Think they were all named after Dickens characters.

Best Regards
John
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: New operator for Tilbury/Gravesend Ferry on: April 18, 2017, 10:13:38 pm
Maybe the new operator will purchase (or lease) the current incumbent, Duchess M. It would seem a sensible move considering the failings of the plastic peril!

Brgds
Phil

The press release states that all will be the same as before except they will only be able to carry bicycles and not motorcycles so it sounds as though it will be a plastic peril rather than the 'Duchess m'.
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: New operator for Tilbury/Gravesend Ferry on: April 18, 2017, 01:35:05 pm
Good spot Bob,

Could be some interesting berthing manoeuvres if her sister vessel's track record is anything to go by!

https://www.gov.uk/maib-reports/contact-made-by-passenger-ferry-uriah-heep-with-hythe-pier

Best Regards
John
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: European shipbuilding about better quality ?? on: May 27, 2016, 11:28:41 am
That's an interesting topic Theo even though the headline numbers quoted were somewhat misleading.

Contracting has slowed this year so far which is perhaps good news in stemming the over supply of tonnage we have witnessed in recent years.

The facts of the matter for European compared to Asian contracting activity for the first four months of this year are that European yards accounted for 23% of the orders placed globally. As mentioned earlier, most (89%) of these orders were for higher value vessels such as cruise and passenger vessels. This represents 62% of the estimated global newbuilding investment.

82% of contracts at Asian yards were for lower cost Bulk Carriers, and only 2% were for passenger vessels/ferries.

So we can see these are indeed two very different markets.

Best Regards
John Jones
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Owner & Manager info's not available on additional information on: February 22, 2016, 01:02:34 am
what is the point of having a website with no information, i agree with what akbarhajiali says.

most of the visitors on this site do not own ships or shipping companies, i can understand why these societies ask for so much money, but all these alternatives still does not give you details about sister vessels, it was very easy to find info on ships with data supplied by gross tonnage.com, all one had to do is look at the bottom of the page and see the builder of the vessel, right click and open in a new tab, and everything from that shipyard was there to see.

now i have seen some strange looking vessels in the past, and no informational was available so i had to use equasis, and nothing, i did a google search looked everywhere and even did a reverse google image search hoping that someone had info on another site and nothing,

sometimes these other sources such as equasis and others dont have the information one needs, and that is why people are getting frustrated.  

there is no other site i have yet found that had the amount of info that this site had.

Kommer 2013,

As much information as was provided by this site's link with Grosstonnage.com is for the most part freely available elsewhere and prior to the link up with them most members used to pride themselves in the effort of looking up this information and posting it in the details box when a photo was uploaded. The link with Grosstonnage made it easier for people to be lazy (myself included) and rely upon that information to be automatically generated, albeit it was frequently incorrect and out of date. Now we do not have that option to be so lazy and would suggest that we take pride in providing the best details that we can find to hand when uploading.

There are reasons why reputable providers of shipping databases charge the fees they do. That is because they invest large sums of money in collecting and verifying the data and carrying out due diligence checks. It takes a lot of staff and investment to do so properly. Anybody who claims to do this and then just gives it away has to be treated with a certain amount of suspicion. So if you want all of your data filled in for you automatically, well then you are going to have to pay for it.

Personally, I always rather enjoyed doing the legwork myself.

Best Regards
John
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: administrative policy. on: February 19, 2016, 11:32:54 pm
I'm inclined to agree with you Phil and can see where you are coming from. In the bigger scheme of things, this was supposed to be an enjoyable hobby site for all of us, which can run parallel alongside family life. Being an Admin on here is far from that, and at the end of the day there are far more important things to deal with than appeasing the constant stream of whingers with nothing better to do in their lives than criticise what the people giving up their free time are trying to maintain for them free of charge. I think I have probably also reached a stage where I want out of that and will concentrate my efforts elsewhere. If there is no enjoyment left in it, then it is time to move on to another platform. Times change. 
Brgds
John
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Ken Smith, President Emeritus on: December 04, 2015, 10:46:52 pm
Many thanks John, hopefully the answer is yes, you and I have seen a few changes to the website over the years.
Kind Regards
Ken

Yes indeed Ken. I remember some years back it was quite a task to even post a picture! But stalwarts like yourself kept true to the vision and have seen it through, even though there may have been a few misunderstandings between us along the way. And that's all they were.

Hopefully I will be crossing the 'water' to Gravesend soon and look forward to a catch up.

Best Regards
John
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Ken Smith, President Emeritus on: December 04, 2015, 05:10:40 pm
Congratulations Ken, a well deserved accolade. I hope that you can now enjoy that and your time on the site to the full.
Best Regards
John
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: HMS HERALD and HECLA on: October 07, 2015, 08:34:38 pm
I was just an excited teenager at the time. So excited that I failed to load my 3rd 36 exposure roll of slide film correctly which only became apparent went the frame counter went up to 39. I still rue that mistake and the photos that I missed until this very day!  Sad

Regards
John J.
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: HMS HERALD and HECLA on: October 06, 2015, 05:58:11 pm
Well they definitely all appear to be the same ship, and on the evidence of the davits I think my one is incorrectly posted as 'HECLA' and should indeed be 'HERALD'. Bob Smith has pictures posted as 'HERALD' and I'd probably trust his notes over mine  Wink

Regards
John
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Standing Down on: June 29, 2015, 09:05:58 pm
Ken,

As I have expressed on the Admin Forum previously I am sad to see that you are standing down, especially for the reasons that you keep quoting about distrust from the rest of the admin team.

For the record and to allow all of our members to see it here is the content of the email that I sent to Ken:

Quote:

"I have tried to contact you via the Shipspotting.com forum but surprisingly find myself suddenly banned from that after being a founding member and several years of dedicated input to the site and admin duties."

:Unquote.

This ban on me happened virtually seconds after I had posted a question to the Admin forum asking why Derek Sands had been banned, after a string of comments had been posted to that forum by yourself and Dan Earl stressing that Derek Sands would never be allowed back as an admin.

I think my question was valid, and when my ban immediately followed it was obvious that either Dan or yourself were responsible. Turns out it was Dan, but don't keep harping on about how you were mistrusted and betrayed by members of the Admin team. O.K., Dan ironically managed to 'ban' you too, but what the hell else were we supposed to think! It had to be one or the other of you as you were both in cahoots against Derek.

It is very, very sad indeed that things have reached this point on a 'hobby' site. But as much good work as you have put in over the years Ken you cannot pass the blame for this sorry state of affairs onto everybody else but yourself, especially when you still persist in injecting every bit of venom into your posts against the rest of the Admin team as you can. Maybe you just can't see it? Well, obviously you just can't see it or you would not persist in this destructive behaviour.

Regards
John


12  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: "Liking" a photo on: May 21, 2015, 09:24:28 pm
Thanks for the explanation Phil. Ever since it was introduced to Shipspotting.com I thought it wasn't working for me either Grin
You live and learn...

Cheers,
Jens

Same for me too Jens. Yes, you do live and learn!

Best Regards
John
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: SHIPSPOTTERS BARGE TRIP on: April 09, 2015, 01:40:53 pm
Hi Chris,

I would be up for either day but Saturday 16th May would save me taking a day's leave so is preferable for me. Please count me in for either.

Best Regards
John J.
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Possible Felixstowe Trip? on: February 04, 2015, 10:08:00 pm
All sounds good to me Chris, look forward to hearing more once it is firmed up.

Best Regards
John J.
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Possible Felixstowe Trip? on: December 08, 2014, 10:58:00 pm
Sounds like my kind of thing Chris. Keep me posted, has the potential for a great day out.
Best Regards
John
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