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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: How to add a location? on: May 26, 2020, 01:22:53 pm
Digital shoes?

A shoebox full of old memory cards and USB-drives perhaps. ;-)

But we¨re getting off topic now... :-)

BRGDS / foggy
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: How to add a location? on: May 25, 2020, 04:03:25 pm
The "new locations" you are seeing on the "Photos" page are not actually new additions, they are locations on the existing list which have not been selected before.

Just an observation, it seems that sometimes pre-existing locations come up as "new locations" in the list - today I notice that Tampa, USA is at the top of the new locations list although the first photo from there was uploaded to the site in 2009... a couple of months ago I noticed the same with Liepaja, Latvia.

I sincerely hope that we find a tenacious IT tech soon, who can solve the new locations issue...

BRGDS / foggy
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Members suggestions for improvement of the website on: April 26, 2020, 07:05:28 am
Hello all,

Here are my suggestions/hopes for improvement:

1) As someone who  don’t have the opportunity to check daily, and when I do I’m mostly interested in new additions – I would like the ”New Ships” and ”New Ports” lists under Photo Index to be expanded. E.g. by clicking on the “New Ships” or “New Ports” headings you would be directed to a new page with the latest 100 entries or so. The same can be said for comments.

2) As a statistics buff I see an ocean of possibilities with the site – There could be general statistics (what is the most/least popular category – total or for each port, what weekday is most popular for capturing photos or what weekday is most popular for taking photos of tankers or ferries, what is the most popular photos for each category, how many contributors for each port etc etc etc)… How many new photos/ships/ports/contributors in the last month etc , and personal statistics (what categories have I, or any user, contributed to by percentage of our total contributions to the site, e.g. User X have 25% of his/her photos in the Y category and 17% in the Z category) etc etc… the possibilities are basically endless.

3) Continue to develop the “Ships” section. And make a similar section for “Ports”.

4) I agree with others that the “Photo of the day” should be one or more random photos which change each time the page is refreshed or loaded.

5) Making photo descriptions and comments searchable (e.g. the description or comment might mention another vessel than the title vessel, shown in the background, or the port/location I´m looking for might not be in the database, but mentioned in the description).

6) A hope that someday the database of ports/locations might be expanded (I know the subject have been brought up before and chances are slim, but I hope each new IT tech brought onboard are asked to look into it… someday, someone might figure out a way).

BRGDS / foggy
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Japanese Ship Names on: September 16, 2019, 10:35:12 am
There is a new batch of unidentified Japanese vessels in Mystery Ships by "foggy".  Hope someone can help with IDs (at least one has visible Japanese Official Number identified)

Thank you @davidships, much appreciated. Is there any public source/database with japanese ship register/registry numbers available online?

BRGDS / foggy
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Vessels discharging water on: April 03, 2015, 11:28:15 am

The fire main is also commonly used for cooling of the mooring winch hydraulics, and the the hydrant for anchorwash is usually kept open to get a flow through the hydraulics cooler.

BRGDS / foggy
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: West African ship on: April 10, 2012, 05:43:35 pm
The description sounds like a Linea Messina vessel to me.,%20Italy&search_manager=&sortkey=p.lid&sortorder=desc&page_limit=12&viewtype=1&mod_page_limit=192

BRGDS / foggy
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: VLCC Eliza 9387578 on: December 16, 2011, 10:29:42 am
According to gCaptain, the Eliza will load North Sea crude around Christmas and then go to Korea.

BRGDS / foggy
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: New identification for military vessels available on: December 02, 2011, 09:48:56 pm
I have to agree with Paul, if a vessel has an IMO number, why leave that out? Not only RFA vessels have IMO numbers, a lot of naval auxiliaries around the world are ex civilian vessels (especially US Military Sealift Command vessels, but there are a lot of other examples) and it is always intresting to track the career of such vessels, something that would be very difficult if IMO numbers were deleted. Why not keep both pennant and IMO?

BRGDS / foggy
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Oldest Seagoing Ships In Service on: November 18, 2011, 01:24:48 pm
The coaster Sydfart is a strong contender for oldest ship in commercial service. Built as a steamer in 1879, re-engied to diesel and rebuilt in 1950's. She is still active and trading Baltic Sea ports, usually with grain.

BRGDS / foggy
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: A strange ship in Rhodes greece +/- 1955 on: November 14, 2011, 08:19:08 pm
It's most probably the USCG Courier, transmitter ship for Voice Of America. Indeed an ex C1-M type.

BRGDS / foggy
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Photo location - How to suggest additions / updates? on: October 21, 2011, 07:56:48 pm

Thank you for a quick and explanatory reply. I suspected it was linked in some way to the AIS project...  Wink

If I may suggest a reliable source, then most ports around the world are listed in Lloyds Maritime Atlas with position data. Why not simply enter this information (or from a similar source) into the system, instead of sporadic updates whenever a new photo is uploaded or you get a new AIS entry?

BRGDS / foggy
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Photo location - How to suggest additions / updates? on: October 20, 2011, 12:25:31 pm

Having spent quite a lot of time adding the photo location to my "back catolouge" on this site, I noticed that a lot of ports are missing in the photo location database, especially ports in the Caribbean/Latin America area and ports in the USEC/New York area. I also miss some ports in Philippines and South East Asia, as well as some ports in Sweden and Scandinavia. I'm sure there are others.

1. What database/list of ports do you use?
2. How can this database list of ports be updated, and how can we users suggest ports to be added?

BRGDS / foggy
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Copyright issue - automatic watermark on: January 09, 2010, 11:04:53 pm
I don't see the problem. If you don't want people to download your photos - don't upload them.

Personally I upload my photos here so that as many people as possible can view them. And as far as the media is concerned, I get about one or two emails a month from people (including large news agencies) that ask permission to use my photos, and I always agree as long as my name and is quoted as the source.

Please don't start with idiot ideas such as watermarking or barring non-members from viewing (and thus downloading) photos. If anything this will certainly decrease traffic to this site, something I'm sure the new siteowners are NOT intrested in...

I have high hopes for the future of this site, but in the recent past it has been far too litte shipspotting and far too much about, as Tony said - we are a community.

BRGDS / foggy
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Ship Longevity? on: August 11, 2007, 01:43:59 am

I can't help smiling when I read this... We are currently anchored off Visakhapatnam, India, and when I look around I don't see many ships that look to be newer than 15-20 years. If India goes ahead with this (which I think they won't, it's just politics) they won't have much trade. And forbidding FoC flagged ships as well... India already have some of the most stringent cabotage rules (outside USA) in the world and are obviously looking to further these in a non-realistic protectionist move, probably in the hope that all trade to/from India will be with Indian flagged ships. As I look around again I do see quite a few Indian flagged ships here, but the majority seems (as everywhere else in the world) to be FoC flagged. In conlusion, this seems to be a rather naive suggestion by some protectionist politician, who has taken hint from what's going on in the EU... :-x

Also it wouldn't suprise me if this is intended to, in some  slightly misdirected way, boost the Indian shipbuilding industry.

BRGDS / foggy
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: West Africa /Somalia- Pirates on: June 26, 2007, 10:17:25 pm

Not that the problem is any less serious off west Africa either, with almost weekly kidnappings of mariners and oil workers offshore Nigeria. So in my eyes the title of this topic isn't that far fetched.

BRGDS / foggy
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