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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Chinese help needed! on: April 22, 2017, 09:34:55 am
Thanks very much for that.

If anyone can have a go at the others, please just add details in their photo comments.
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Chinese help needed! on: April 21, 2017, 11:56:00 am
Anyone able to help with name of this Chinese bulker?

or any others on this page:
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: New operator for Tilbury/Gravesend Ferry on: April 21, 2017, 12:04:14 am
She's been around on the Thames as THAMES SWIFT for well over a decade
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: lack of maritime authority control? on: April 19, 2017, 10:06:46 am
The Turkish-owned Panama-flag ship in question:
It seems that the ship, of the sea-river Volgo-Balt type, broke in two in stormy conditions. Unlike some other sea-river types this design seems to have been more successful from the structural point of view - only one total loss listed out of well over a hundred in service, and that was a slow capsize after deck cargo shifted.  But I doubt that the ship had been well-maintained in recent years.

The port inspections you mention - under Port State Control - do apply generally and this ship has been visited regularly.  The subjects of individual PSC inspections vary, especially now that they cover the Maritime Labour Convention as well as IMO requirements.  

In the case of GEROI ARSENALA, there were two inspections this year and four in 2016.  Nothing in the list of defect heading concerning ship structure (cracks, rusting, hatch covers etc) but plenty which suggest poor crew management ashore or on-board, or both.  But, as Capt Ted may point out, the quality of PSC inspections also varies enormously from the very focused and well-planned to the cursory, incompetent or corrupt.
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Barge names and numbers on: April 19, 2017, 09:02:37 am
Also, companies don't necessarily start at "1" - they may start at 100 or 1000 or something else (if only to avoid "leading zeros", like 001).  Some will design numbering systems with the some digits representing size (eg tonnage or length), the year of purchase, the type etc.  Capt Ted picked the best example - Kirby alone have nearly 1200 barges on the US register that are numbered just like that.
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: TANKERS - Help the Admins, please on: April 18, 2017, 03:18:56 pm
Let's not exaggerate the size of the task, Simon.  Thanks to Pieter's hard work over many months, if not years, in working through ALL the tanker images, moving them into the appropriate category where necessary, the effort required is close to zero.  

Just a look at other images of the using "View the summary page for this ship!"  That can be done before loading, or if more convenient, afterwards (then just editing the info accordingly if the guess was wrong.  Only completely new entries should need any digging elsewhere.

You raised some more general points about the subdivisions of categories.  We will take take soundings from the Admin group about this - and then we can open this up for wider discussion, though I would prefer to do that in the Autumn.

7  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: New operator for Tilbury/Gravesend Ferry on: April 16, 2017, 03:13:36 pm
I wonder whether the fact that this is an "interim" contract indicates that the dfinitive one to be let later in the year involves a new vessel?
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: New operator for Tilbury/Gravesend Ferry on: April 15, 2017, 11:13:59 pm

Will they be offering the Cruise Experience, or the Jet Experience?
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Note for tug moderators on: April 14, 2017, 12:41:20 am
Thank you Manuel for drawing this to our attention and to others for their observations.  Nothing pleases me more than to hear that Boluda decided to clear up the confusion that they created in the first place with inconsistent naming both in their submissions to registration authorities, and also in what they had painted on their tugs - within their own control from the beginning. However registration authorities do occasionally make mistakes, and it is not at all unknown for revised registration or other certificates to be issued (without the correction being recorded as a "change of name".

We have, in principle, decided to adopt Equasis as the most accessible quality source for those vessels it covers, for the convenience of our members and to aid the admin team and the overall efficiency of the site.  As has been said, national flag registers are the most official source, but few of those are accessible publicly.  All flag authorities have the ability to have Equasis data corrected, if they so wish.

Incidentally, for Spain, is the government's 'Lista oficial de buques' 2009 the latest accessible online (without a paywall)? 

However, none of this should preclude us using common sense and making modifications where necessary.  For example, we already exclude non-latin alphabets and additional letters or accents, even though the official ship name may include them. 

I see that all the VB tugs on-site have aleady been unified, even those that pre-date Boluda's 2014 corporate decision, and am content to let that stand, even though some well pre-date the changes.

best wishes

10  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Norways, (indeed the Worlds), first ship tunnel on: April 08, 2017, 11:54:02 pm
A sort of Corinth Canal but with a (large rocky) roof - and for the same reasons.
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Canvey Island on: April 02, 2017, 09:19:13 pm
Perhaps you could do one, Bob?  I don't have any photos to base it on (or the possibility of goinf there to do one!).  Feel free to copy the map.

12  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: New Category - Shipspotting Locations on: April 01, 2017, 10:21:12 pm
May I remind members that Shipspotting Locations is a special category.  Its purpose is to assist other members by providing directions to good shipspotting locations and other helpful information; in particular it is a requirement that precise location information is provided.

It is not to be used for merely uploading photographs that do not fit anywhere else or views of distant ships - these are liable to deletion.  The category standards are here:

13  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: New Category: First photo / obstructed view??? on: April 01, 2017, 10:03:07 pm
Thanks to you for your suggestion, Evgeniy, and to those who have commented.

Kyle and Pieter have neatly summarised the normal policy.  For normal ship categories where the images do not meet the genreral site standards (eg do not include the whole ship, there is an obstruction or it is not sufficiently sharp), ships which would otherwise be unrepresented on the site may be added, on the understanding that such photos are liable to be deleted if fully-acceptable images are subsequently added.  They should be endorsed "only one on site" in the Photo Description box.

For newbuildings, ships still uncompleted are expected to be added and obstructions are permitted provided they they are part of the shipyard operation and are not excessive.  There is no need for such images to be placed elsewhere, and they can already be retained indefinitely.

I do not think that there is a particular issue with IMO numbers.  All members are expected to research the correct number before uploading their photos (noting that many vessels do not have one anyway), and the knowledge and interest of members, especially Corrections colleagues, usually resolves issues over confirming the correct number where there are errors of information was not found.

So I am not really sure what kind of photos you think would go into any separate category.  Personally, I do not think that we should be extending our scope to add very poor photos, just because some vessels are not already represented.

Perhaps there is an important point that I have missed - please let me know if I have!

best wishes


14  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Canvey Island on: April 01, 2017, 03:34:33 pm
You will be aware that you will be facing south, so early and late in the day are better.

Anywhere on the sea-wall above Western or Eastern Esplanade is probably as good as anywhere else; there is the Labworth Café near the car park (though I have never tried it, and do not know opening times) and other eateries (and presumably toilets) nearby.  The view eastward gives uninterrupted view of approaching vessels if you do not have mobile AIS.

Although the unobstructed angle of view is more limited, The Lobster Smack pub right at the end of Haven Road is worth a visit.
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: American Tug boat Sea Star from movie Virus 1999. on: April 01, 2017, 01:10:26 am
BULL ex-MANIE L PINER ex-DELAWARE ex-CARRIE T MESECK ex-INDUSTRY and seems to have been formally renamed SEA STAR, according to USCG data
IMO 5087948
built 1906 Burlee Dry Dock, Port Richmond

built 1887 John H Dialogue & Son, Camden NJ
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