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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: Today at 12:21:16 pm
For the sake of clarity, the technical management of the ShipSpotting site is entirely in the hands of Administrator, Henrik Soderberg.  All the rest of the Admin team are concerned only with managing the platform content, using the tools and facilities provided to us.  We are not able to access or work on the site's functionality (and, at least speaking for myself, would not be competent to do so) - my understanding is that that has always been the case, and a source of as much frustration to my predecessors.

Despite repeated requests Henrik has not posted a progress report directly on this forum since 12 June, nor responded to me with anything meaningful since 19 June (as per my post here on the same day).  Neither of those advices seem to address the continuing range of issues experienced by members.  This is not to say that Henrik has been inactive, only that we do not know the situation.  In addition I have told Henrik that if he advised that he could resolve the problems better by taking the site offline while he worked on it (preferably with an "under maintenance" holding page), that would have my support.

I told Henrik yesterday that my firm view is that as it stands at the moment, we can give no comfort to the members that any of the problems have been resolved and certainly not that the site is clear of risks.  That will not change until we receive proper reports on the identified problems and that, from the site's point of view, access is safe (it is recognised that there may, in addition, be issues of the interaction of Shipspotting with a variety of different combinations of browser, anti-virus, anti-malware programmes etc but I am not at all convinced that that is the whole story).

I will continue to keep all members in the picture as I see it and I ask you to continue to provide factual updates on any changes you experience either here on this forum or, if preferred, by email to webmaster@shipspotting.com.

best wishes

David
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 19, 2018, 11:47:05 pm
Your reports in the forum are helpful and I am ensuring that Henrik sees them.
He advises this evening:

- "The site is safe, but the old problem can, combined with new (soon to come) security recommendtions, lead to conclusions that we are a bad site. It is mainly solving this puzzle I am working on."

- "I am working on whether we are blacklisted or if the softwares remembers - and if so how to clear this."

The complexity would seem to be illustrated by the wide variey of the members' reports posted here - often contradictory.  We will post here as frequently as possible.  For those who cannot get as far as this forum, or are uncomfortable to do so, I will communicate by external email as soon as we have something definitive to say. 

DAvid
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 18, 2018, 08:57:11 am
I have asked Henrik for progress update.
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Mariner of the Seas on: June 17, 2018, 10:18:17 pm
New toys installed on MARINER OF THE SEAS (IMO 9227510) while drydocking in Cadiz, 30/5/2018
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Cees Bustraan on: June 15, 2018, 12:37:07 pm
It is sad to report that "Our man in Curacao" and long-standing member, Cees Bustraan, passed away on 9 June.  He leaves us with a fine gallery of quality images, recording almost everything maritime that has happened at Willemstad over the last six years, and it stands as a worthy tribute to him.
http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo_search.php?submitter=13923

On behalf of the community here, I record our condolences and best wishes to his family and friends.

David
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 14, 2018, 07:40:06 am
Access and loading is normal (ie not noticeable slow) here (eastern UK) with no popups today or warnings.

Would other members using "malwarebytes (premium)" please post here whether they are still having warnings.

I have drawn these new messages to Henrik's attention.

7  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Heavy lift/heavy load ships on: June 13, 2018, 05:42:27 pm
There has been discussion about this before

http://forum.shipspotting.com/index.php/topic,12346.0.html
http://forum.shipspotting.com/index.php/topic,12365.0.html

Derek, who looks after the general cargo categories, has also raised this subject with me.  So it is a good time to have a discussion about it so that we can decide on categories and provide some straighforward guidance to all members.

David
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 13, 2018, 05:24:40 pm
Henrik tells me that he thinks the site is all clear now.

But a few users have antivirus software that he thinks banned the site "forever" somehow (see Oldkayaker just below). The only advice he can give is to check that software's settings.

David
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Consultations and review of site standards / MOVED: category for fish processors/fish factories? on: June 08, 2018, 04:33:02 pm
This topic has been moved to Site related news, functions and modules.

http://forum.shipspotting.com/index.php?topic=16211.0
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: category for fish processors/fish factories? on: June 08, 2018, 04:32:19 pm
At present, these vessels are generally in "Fishing Research and Support Vessels" or, as you have done, "Reefers supporting fishing vessels"  For several reasons both these categories are already rather mixtures, and I agree that we need clearer places for the variety of non-catching vessels which support fishing activity in one form or another.  That, however, may not necessarily involve additional categories, but perhaps just re-definition and grouping of ship types.

There are various types:
  • fish processing ships (including non-catching fish factory ships)
  • vessels supporting fish-farming/aquaculture
  • fishery research vessels
  • reefers for transporting fish
and maybe others (excluding fishery protection/supervision vessels, which are in Law Enforcement)

Members' views are welcome.

David
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 08, 2018, 04:05:28 pm
Don't worry about adding details of continuing experiences to this forum as they may well help Henrik resolve the issue (he sees them direct here).  If you can add technical details, as some have been able to do, that is particularly helpful.

As Phil says, our direct role is ensuring that Henrik is aware of the extent of the problem(s).

David
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / MOVED: Is there a site problem? on: June 07, 2018, 09:35:02 am
This topic has been moved to Site related news, functions and modules.

http://forum.shipspotting.com/index.php?topic=16204.0
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Tanker Alice splits in two near Tema, Ghana on: June 07, 2018, 09:29:42 am
All looks very suspicious.
Probably this one:
https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:4049994/mmsi:684775641/vessel:ALICE
But I don't think that "684" MMSI numbers have been allocated to any country, and although J5 call-signs belong to Guilnea-Bissau "J524" are not in the usual format.

Ghana press claims ship is Bahamas flag, though that may not be genuine either.

Another report:
https://www.graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/oil-tanker-splits-into-two-at-tema-port-and-spills-oil.html



14  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Having Trouble with Date Button on: June 07, 2018, 08:59:56 am
Did this resolve, Steven?
Can not see anyone else having this problem
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 07, 2018, 08:55:59 am
HENRIK ALERTED TO THIS CONVERSATION, AS WELL AS FORWARDED HELPFUL PM'S FROM MEMBERS.
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