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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Eems Delta on: May 14, 2018, 10:44:08 am
I would also add that of the five ships in the fleet of Independent Shipping: viz, Torrent, Shoreham, Cementina, Independent and Thames; besides Torrent, only the dredger Thames is still in service with a new owner. The remainder were recycled... sadly.
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Eems Delta on: May 14, 2018, 10:36:29 am
Eems Delta, (IMO 9015929) ex Torrent the former Independent Shipping owned vessel, was seen berthed in Shoreham on Sunday 13 May 2018. As far as I can recall this is the first time this vessel has visited Shoreham since her sale and release from arrest in Rye Harbour in February 2014. 
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Shipping Databases on: April 10, 2018, 10:09:32 am
I use excel for my databases of shipping movements in the South East for: Littlehampton, Shoreham, Newhaven and Rye. I have been using Excel since I took over producing this information for a branch of the WSS, some 5 years ago.

I would add that a former WSS member now resident in Gibraltar also uses Excel for his databases on the monthly shipping movements in and around the Ports and the bay.

Whether or not you use Access or Excel is a matter of personal preference. With present MS products one can import and export data from either packages, although I have not done this I have been given a demo to show that it can be done.
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: HMS Sheffield F96 on: April 10, 2018, 09:48:48 am
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: HMS Sheffield F96 on: October 01, 2017, 02:28:16 pm
If the ship had AIS filled and was broadcasting at the time I am afraid it will be very difficult. Harbour Masters may log all vessels entering and leaving ports but this will require a specific request and a search of the records if they are still available, and how far they can go back. It may be worth contacting the PRO at Kew to see if they store such data and give reader i.e. public access to it.
There is a History Section at Portsmouth Naval base which could be of use and it may be worth contacting them.   
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Mv Carmel (Imo 7106891) on: June 30, 2017, 07:55:15 pm
Carmel left Shoreham Port this afternoon for Southampton
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Mv Carmel (Imo 7106891) on: May 05, 2017, 08:26:09 pm
DOes any one know if Carmel is stil working in Shoreham Port
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Offshore vessels anchored in English Channel just off Folkestone. on: February 02, 2017, 08:24:22 pm
Only if the lights went out big time and there is currently, more going on politically with the likes of Brexit and whats happening in the US.

As an update to this thread, it was reported in some newspapers (Telegraph and FT) as early as November and December 2016, presumabely after the collision and when the damage happened. But as stated above it was of little importance given other continuing events going on at the time.
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Offshore vessels anchored in English Channel just off Folkestone. on: January 31, 2017, 08:40:58 pm
At the time, in the mid 1980s, the cables were laid jointly by the (EdF) French and (CEGB) English. The French used a cut a trench and lay the 270kV direct current cables in one go. Whereas the English did a cut a trench lay a hawser in it. Follow up with a use the hawser in the trench as a guide to lay the 270kV cables in it. IIRC we are talking about a depth of 1m in the sea bed. With the cables being covered up by movement of the seabed sediments.

Interesting after all these years of operation its the first time that a ships anchor has caused a fault on two sections of these cables that I can remember having woirked for the CEGB and NGrid.

It means trading across the link on the remaining cable 1000MW. With a hudge insurance clain against the owners of the ships who caused the damage. A repair job like this is expensive running potentially into millions. This excludes the loss of trading for the 1000MW of the link being unavailable. February 2017 is planned for the repairs to be completed what date I do not know.
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Offshore vessels anchored in English Channel just off Folkestone. on: January 29, 2017, 09:42:08 pm
Could be telecoms cables.

However there are power cables embedded in the sea bed in that area, as part of the 400kV electricty interconnection with France. There are 4 pairs of cables each laid in separate trenches. The French has a capsule called the Habitat that would be lowered onto the affected section, carry out repairs and then return to the surface once the repairs are completed. This is the first thime thnatI have heard of work of this type and nature being done on these cables given that they were laid in the 1980s.  
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Gibraltar on: April 05, 2016, 03:16:09 pm
If you ae lucky to stay at the Rock Hotel a number of the rooms have balconies facing the Bay. The panoramic vista that opens out before you is staggering. They have a a couple of PCs in a computer room to go onto whatever AIS based internet program you use. Marinetraffic, fleetmon, vesselfinder, shiptracking etc...
A good position to go to is the Cable Car to the top of the Rock. There is a cafe there and the apes get fed up there IIRC. This position there are excellent views over the eastern anchorage. Be aware of the ape poo!!
You can get out onto the bay by getting a ticket to board one of the dolphin boats [dolphin adventure dolphin safari] both have internet web sites and you can purchase tickets on it. So you can not only look at the marine life ... when it pops up, but also get some excellent photograpphs of the varoious ships moored in the bay.
I use a Canon EOS 700D with a 100-400mm lens
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Photography Ban in Kings Lynn port. on: October 19, 2015, 09:51:22 am
Sometime ago last year IIRC I was taking photographs of a recently berthed ship at Littlehampton Port, a rare ocurrence these days; others had done so and we were all congregating on a path adjacent to the Marina. I was the last one to get in position and talk a few pictures. I was then told, in a very polite manner by a person from the Marina office, that taking photographs here was not possible. Where is the sign to say so and why I enquired, the reply was sorry I do not make the rules, the boat owners do not like people taking pictures of their boats. My reply was well have you looked on the Marina web site?  It contains any number of Marina boats on the internet then! It was after this I started putting my camera away!!

But there was something very odd. I did recall seeing a WSCC (West Sussx County Council)footpath sign somewhere. Looking on Google Earth I was standing on a WSCC footpath when I was taking my pictures!! So I do question the legality of what was done, but the politeness of the individual had to be respected.SO I am somewha careful when taking photographs down there, trouble is you do not always know when you are on private/public property.       
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: uk radio stations on: August 28, 2015, 11:04:12 pm
I beleive that all of the stations mentioned are closed certainly by 2000. Further details interestingly are on the following web site:
The web site also details what the current status of the former buildings these stations are now being used for. Great site, full of personal histories, can remember when I was in the RNR broadcasts from Niton radio whilst operating in the Solent circa 1976-1980.
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: How do you find out the cargo of a ship? on: August 22, 2015, 02:17:44 pm
In addition to my previous comment on this thread, another web application, does detail cargoes carried, on some ships. However I would advise caution wrt this information as it is sometimes incorrect. 
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: How do you find out the cargo of a ship? on: August 10, 2015, 12:27:17 pm
I have been collating the statistics on shipping for the various Sussex ports of: Littlehampton, Newhaven, Shoreham and Rye, and have done so for a couple of years now. Only Shoreham used to publish details of cargoes carried/discharged and which cargoes were to be loaded. This cargo information was published on a weekly basis, and was prone to inaccuracy, but it was the best that could be done at the time. This ceased some 18 months ago and in line with what other ports have done is not to publish such information, as has been stated it is commercially sensitive.

But there are other ways of getting the information, by using a port map and getting to know what wharves are used to receive say timber, aggregates, etc one can build up basic picture of what cargo is arriving where. Also other useful internet applications to use apart from Marinetraffic are: Twitter and Facebook.

As Littlehampton, Newhaven and Rye, do not publish anything but the Harbour Masters at Rye and Littlehampton use Twitter. When commercial shipping arrives sometimes details of the cargoes are reported, again these are worth investigating, as a tweet gives you direct access  to the Harbour Master or his assistant, all you have to do is explain what you need to know and where the info is going.       
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