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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / London Gateway going ahead with berth 4: on: August 12, 2019, 11:21:11 am
Having opened its first berth in 2013, it's second in 2015 and it 3rd in 2017, DP World London Gateway has recently requested tenders for the construction of it's 4th berth, which should start construction soon.
The port was originally designed to have 6 berths when complete and basic dredging and landfill to accommodate the final plan was carried out early in the construction process, so that each new berth can be built relatively quickly.
All of London Gateway's berths can accommodate 400 metre long ultra Large container ships, and it's cranes can handle vessels 25 rows wide.

News and video:
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Good to see young people still keen on a career at sea . . . on: July 27, 2019, 05:37:26 am
Heading for a career at sea - Jack Ibbotson.

It's relatively rare to meet a young person these days who wants to go to sea for a living, many of them would prefer a nine-to-five job, with plenty of phone time . . .

But when we met young Jack Ibbotson a few months ago, and heard about his enthusiasm for, and ongoing pursuit of a career afloat, he impressed us - so here he is, at 16, with another year to go in the sixth form before hopefully finding a place at nautical college and and gaining the qualifications he will need to eventually take his place on the bridge . . .

Interview here:

3  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / History Afloat: Coasting voyage up the Thames aboard Mark Prior. on: July 07, 2019, 10:45:03 am
Join Shipping TV's Chris Gosling for a voyage from the River Colne near Colchester to Brewers Wharf, Deptford Creek, on the Thames, filmed in 2015 aboard the 1969-built aggregate carrier Mark Prior, owned by J. J. Prior.
The skipper, Captain Peter Barc, has a wide knowledge of the River Thames, its traffic and history, and points many historic and memorable places on the river. Its also a rare opportunity to experience aspects of a voyage aboard a proper old-fashioned coaster, single screw, no bow thruster, with every manoeuvre carried out using the master and mate's ship-handling and ropework skills and knowledge.
This films runs for approximately 39 minutes

4  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Scrubbers - an anti view on: June 25, 2019, 05:07:26 pm
Interesting piece, David.
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / The Greener Evergreen - ULCS Ever Glory, with exhaust scrubber operating . . . on: June 18, 2019, 09:18:04 am
The latest Evergreen Ultra Large Container Ship, Ever Glory, has just sailed from her maiden call at the Port of Felixstowe.
The ship is one of the first to have arrived with an as-delivered scrubber system, the white structure just ahead of the funnel, which cleans  sulphur oxides (SOx) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) from the exhaust gas generated as a result of combustion processes in marine engines. The system also removes particles from the exhaust, and the remaining exhaust that you can see in the last film is largely composed of steam and less dangerous gases.

Clip 1 - Ever Glory: Evergreenís new green clean machine arrives at Felixstowe, 16 June 2019:

Clip 2- Ultra Large Container Ship Ever Glory swings and berths at Felixstowe, 16 June 2019:

Clip 3 - Ever Glory sails from Felixstowe at 06.00, 18 June 2019:
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Cosco Shipping's latest giant Galaxy arrives at Felixstowe: on: May 23, 2019, 03:56:12 pm
The third and latest of Cosco Shipping's current run of Ultra Large Container Ships, Cosco Shipping Galaxy, has just arrives at the port of Felixstowe on her maiden call. Another 3 sister ships are on the way, and Cosco is also understood to be considering more vessels around the same size.

You can find a video of the new vessel here:

7  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Antwerp? on: April 27, 2019, 05:05:55 pm
Thank you kindly, Patrick and Simon!
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Antwerp? on: April 27, 2019, 08:43:48 am
I'm planning a short trip to Belgium, and wondered where kind members would recommend as a good place on the River Scheldt,to catch some good shots and video of vessels in and out. Ideally, I'd like to find somewhere reasonable to stay nearby, too.

My first thought is around Terneuzen, so I can use the N62 crossing to access both sides to allow for light changes.

Any thoughts?
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Ships/She on: April 26, 2019, 06:23:50 pm
At risk of getting into some trouble, anyone who doesn't understand why ships are called "she", doesn't belong on one, or in one!
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Trinity House seamen to strike next week: on: March 30, 2019, 07:21:37 am
The first strike by seamen working for Trinity House in more than 500 years is due to happen on Wednesday, 3rd April 2019:
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: "Father-Son" Engine Room Configuration on: March 30, 2019, 07:17:50 am
Here you are:
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Delayed Maastricht Maersk finally arrives on: February 24, 2019, 12:41:28 pm
The last of Maersk Line's 2nd generation Triple E vessels has just arrived in the UK port of Felixstowe on her maiden call, her delivery having been delayed from May 2018 to January 2019.

The Maastricht Maersk was delayed by agreement with the builders, due to Maersk Line's concerns about capacity and finances, after the company sustained a loss in the first quarter of 2018.

The ship's arrival in Felixstowe this (Sunday) morning is show on a video here:
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: EVER GIVEN severely damages Hamburg harbour ferry and pontoon on: February 10, 2019, 07:32:59 am
Thanks, Jens.
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / OOCL Japan cuts and runs at dawn, 8 Feb 2019 on: February 08, 2019, 02:42:39 pm
The 21,413 TEU Ultra Large Container Ship OOCL Japan leaves Felixstowe in a "cut and run" - when the ship sails before all cargo operations have been completed. Cargo due to be unloaded is left aboard, and boxes due to be loaded are left on the quay.

In this instance, as well as only being alongside for about 30 hours, OOCL Japan lost a good deal of working time when Felixstowe's Ship-to-shore cranes came to a halt due to high winds during Thursday, 7 February.

"Cut and Run" departures generate considerable difficulties for many people in the shipping industry. The boxes due for this port are usually unloaded in the next port, and have to be brought back by feeder ship; transport booked to carry boxes to their inland destinations is cancelled, and shippers and forwarding companies have to explain to customers what has gone wrong!

See the video:
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Latest ultra Large arrival at Felixstowe: Ever Gifted on: January 20, 2019, 11:53:51 am
New video: 20,388 TEU Ultra Large Container Ship Ever Gifted makes her maiden call at Felixstowe on the morning of Sunday 20 January 2019.

With orders for Ultra Large vessels slowing down, we may not see so many maiden calls in the future . . .
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