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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Fears persist of potential Yang Ming failure on: Yesterday at 09:40:57 am
The members' forums/fora are exactly that - for members, and all are free to post provided the messages fall within the general headings (and of course are in accord with the Code of Conduct).  Two practical things help members and keep conversations together:

  • before starting a new theme, please check whether there is already a recent one to which the contribution could be added (it will still rise to the top of the list!)
  • use an informative title so that members can easily see what it is about

Otherwise, it is up to individual members to decide what they want see, just as they do with uploaded photographs.

David
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: ships sold for scrap on: May 24, 2017, 05:58:27 pm
DIAVLOS PRIDE/SILVER SKY sailed Antwerp this morning.
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Newbie with some photos on: May 18, 2017, 09:34:29 pm
Hello Geoff

My I add my warm welcome to ShipSpotting - and particular thanks for introducing yourself in this way.  I have sent you a short message ("Inbox" above should appear red when you are logged on) adding some points that you might like to bear in find, and some "suggested reading".

best wishes

David
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Stolen photos on Instagram on: May 18, 2017, 07:25:03 am
Congratulations for your persistence, Owen

Yes, he may well pop up again, though he may need a different ISP to do so.


David
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Yacht tenders on: May 17, 2017, 05:21:46 pm
I think that we can conclude the discussion on "yacht tenders" with the decision that they are to be entered in the main Special Purpose Ships category (and a sub-category will only be re-considered if the estimated numbers become large - say 1000+ images).

It would helpful if members spot existing examples categorised elsewhere that they move them accordingly (adding a note in the Description such as "Yacht tender").

I see that we do not have a FAQ guidance for Special Purpose Ships.  A short one would be useful.  Presumably the specific points include:

a) the vessel must be designed or modified for a specific prime function that is not covered by other existing categories (eg, a tug with fire monitors remains a tug, and is not a "special purpose firefighting vessel").

b) unless there is a relevant existing subcategory photos should be uploaded to the main Special Purpose Ships.

c) the nature of vessel's "special service" must be stated in the Description/Photo Details.

But there may be other points to make.  When we have a FAQ, we can add a note in the members' forum.

Lastly, my inclination at present would be not to introduce any new subcategory unless we have a volunteer to take it on!  We aleady have a number of categories without any active Co-ordinator or Photo editor.
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Faversham Ships - Managed vsls??? on: May 16, 2017, 12:03:56 am
I think that BEAUMONT and VELOX are managed for Atlas Navigation Ltd, which has been a subsidiary of Vogt & Maguire Ltd since last November.

MUSKETIER managed for Vicomte Maritime Services Ltd, Guernsey - not sure whether this is owned by Faversham Ships.  May still have a connection with Briese Schiffahrts.

PLUTO managed for SeaG8 Ltd, apparently owned by Robert Fraser, Canterbury, since Absolute Shipping folded last year.

I do  not think that CHRISTINE still has any Faversham connection.
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Yacht tenders on: May 14, 2017, 03:12:38 pm
For me ships=vessels
We already have one, Clyde, with 3693 photos in it (though some may belong elsewhere)
http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/search.php?search_category_1=62

Then we only need to create a subcategory for the specific ship type if we get a lot of them (like the current 1183 firefighting vessels and the 976 waste disposal vessels)
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Yacht tenders on: May 14, 2017, 08:53:16 am
The tenders in question are not the same at all - they re not primarly to transport people and are not part of the yacht itself.  They are large independent sea-going vessels in their own right and provide a range of services to a yacht-owner. 

I think that a consensus seems to be coming towards "special service vessel"
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Yacht tenders on: May 14, 2017, 12:09:48 am
I think I remember having seen some large cruise ships that carry their own passenger tenders on board, when visiting ports for which they are to big to enter, such as Monte Carlo. What category are these in?

They go in "ships' lifeboats and tenders", Pieter:
http://www.shipspotting.com/support/faq.php?category=Ships%27%20Lifeboats%20and%20Tenders
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Yacht tenders on: May 13, 2017, 10:49:45 am
There are a small, but growing, number of "yacht tenders" - ie seagoing vessels that provide support of various kinds to superyachts - supply, storage, diving, helicopter operations.  Here's an example:
http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2658802
http://www.yacht-support.nl/yacht-support/range/ys-6911


Interesting question where to categorise these?
Not a yacht, but a yacht's tender.
Does function to supply a yacht, but nothing to do with the offshore supply industry
"Workboats and tenders" seems the best we have, but still doesn't quite seem right.
Could be a new sub-category in "Special purpose ships"

We should agree on one place for them.  Members' thoughts are welcome.
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Casualty "Flash" IMO 9522879 on: April 27, 2017, 01:06:44 pm
RED EAGLE sailed Iskenderun Anchorage 25/4 for Aliaga, ETA 6/5.
But don't know why she called off Kyrenia, Cyprus this morning.
12  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.
13  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?

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2640350

or any others on this page:
http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/search.php?&search_title_option=1&search_category_1=48&search_cat1childs=on&search_country=China&sortkey=p.lid&sortorder=desc&page_limit=12&viewtype=1&mod_page_limit=48
14  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
http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/search.php?query=thames+swift
15  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: http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/search.php?query=8727604&x=36
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.
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