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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Pink Ships to Sail the Seas? on: December 07, 2017, 02:16:02 am
Yep.

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2774061

They haven't been paying attention, have they? Wink
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: 23500 teu capacity vessels on the horizon on: November 09, 2017, 04:16:36 am
At first I thought that it will be another book keeping game within 400x59 m LxB envelope, now I see that they indeed want to increase the breadth. If so, it will really be the new generation, but then the other things will also have to follow, like crane reach etc...
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Coinhive threat warning on: October 24, 2017, 06:25:02 am
Any news?

In the meantime, immediately upon opening the site, I got reported to my company's IT department for breach of security by visiting malware sites.

This was something I definitely could live without.

However, one hour before that, my home computer did not show any increase in processor activity after visiting the site - and it would jump to 100% immediately yesterday.

So, what's the news? Smiley
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Coinhive threat warning on: October 16, 2017, 02:05:05 am
Simple check: processor usage jumps to 100% as soon as the site opens.

This is theft, you know. Smiley

I am outta here until they sort it out.
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Stolen photo on Marine Traffic on: September 25, 2017, 10:26:53 am
Find anything familiar on this page below? Smiley

https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/photos/by/copyright:Tony%20Capa
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: US Navy destroyer collides with oil tanker off Singapore on: August 24, 2017, 12:01:03 am


...  One has to keep in mind that rank by rank on a bridge, it would be extreme hard for a lower rank to tell a higher rank,, Hey you screwing up, because if wrong, the future will have a few bumps ahead !!!   

Good point, but this is the very essence of any military culture: once you tell a higher rank he's wrong, you might question an order later on, and that can not happen...
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: US Navy destroyer collides with oil tanker off Singapore on: August 21, 2017, 03:45:59 am
Operator of "ALNIC MC", chemical tanker involved in this collision: Stealth Maritime Corporation S.A.

OK, I get it now.

(Not a laughing matter, but I had to, sorry.)
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / US Navy destroyer collides with oil tanker off Singapore on: August 21, 2017, 02:18:24 am
USS McCain DDG56 collides with oil tanker off Singapore.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40995829

Seriously, what is wrong with them?
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Yokohama port advice on: August 09, 2017, 08:26:41 am
Hi astralclouds,

There should be no impossible things, but this is one close to impossible.
APM terminal at Yokohama is tucked well inside the industrial area; otherwise it would be possible to have a glimpse from the harbor tour boat.

Thinking outside the box, the way to lay a proper ambush for a vessel coming to Yokohama would be to wait for it at the entrance of Tokyo bay, in Uraga channel from Yokosuka side.

Also, knowing the exact time of arrival (or a very precise AIS data) of your vessel, and being very lucky with the ferry schedule, it would be possible to observe the particular ship entering Tokyo Bay from Kurihama-Kanaya ferry. Also, this would be the only possibility to use the phone camera, as all coastal ship spotting positions require 200 mm lens.

I hope I am wrong, and I'm waiting for more experienced Japanese spotters' input.

Cheers

Vlad
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Japan (and the technology of uploading of photos) on: August 09, 2017, 12:34:15 am
On the fourth and final day of my trip I've decided to take a ferry from Himeji to Fukuda on Shodoshima island, in order to check out Himeji port, and to see whatever traffic along the way.

This was the ferry I took:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714584

...and these were ferries of the same company, "Shikoku Ferry", seen along the way:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714586

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714590

The route gives a chance to glimpse the gas terminal, with whatever tanker that happens to be there:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714995

There were also some ships at anchor near the route:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714993

But, the best catch was the ferry "Hakuou", presently in Japanese government service, which I saw only a couple of days before berthed at Aioi, and thought that she was just languishing there. Now, however, she presented herself in her full glory:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714091

And that was it.

I got back to Himeji with some time to spare before my flight back, so the plan was to go to Akashi bridge again to see the traffic; failure to verify the shinkansen timetable from Himeji station made sure that this plan did not materialize. Smiley

I took 3,200+ photos (not all of them ships related, obviously), so the ones I've uploaded here make 1 percent of the total number, something of a "concentrate" of my trip.

Thanks for your attention!
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Japan (and the technology of uploading of photos) on: August 08, 2017, 12:14:33 pm
In the morning of Day 3 I've decided to take a cab south to Aioi Bay, to see if the big old ferries usually parked at IHI shipyard were still there.

The old "Suisen" (IMO No. 9116278) was, and so was the state operated "Hakuou", but there was also one "new" baby:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714963

Then I took a train to Kyoto, and then to Maizuru, for its shipyard and the naval base.

On Google Earth the area seemed a bit off limits, but the actual situation was much better. Also, even if it was scorching hot, the rain was always threatening, but I managed to be a step ahead.

First, one fishery patrol vessel:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714968

Then, a large auxiliary for the Japanese Navy:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714974

There were also bulkers fitting out at the local JMU shipyard:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714977

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714978

The train ride from Kyoto to Maizuru and back is very interesting in its own way, as the scenery is fascinating. Anyway, that was it for Day 3.
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Japan (and the technology of uploading of photos) on: August 08, 2017, 11:31:43 am
Thanks, victor radio74. And now, continuing with Day 2 of my trip.

So, on to the ferry "Ritsurin II" to Kobe. The trip takes almost 5 hours (with one stop at Shodoshima island), but there is always something to be seen, as there is constant traffic in Seto Inland Sea.

Like RO-Ros...:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714909

...ferries...:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714599

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714915

...small tankers...:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714912

...and, as Akashi Strait approaches and it gets late, there are some more ferries going west from Osaka and Kobe:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714603

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714605

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714608

And that was that for Day 2.
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Japan (and the technology of uploading of photos) on: August 08, 2017, 09:09:06 am
Day two started with an early trip to Shikoku island, over the bridge connecting it with the island of Honshu. Train ride over this massive bridge offered me some decent vantage points over the local traffic, like this one:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714925

...and the port of Sakaide:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714932

But, more interesting was the view over the Kawasaki shipyard at Sakaide, producing mostly gas tankers:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714935

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714938

By the way, I took the train ride three times over the bridge, in order to get the best pictures. Smiley

Then, on to Imabari shipyard at Marugame, with a large bulker fitting out there:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714930

And a new ULCV for MOL:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714059

Then I went to Takamatsu, to take a ferry back to Kobe. Ferry port at Takamatsu is very busy, with some nice examples of, you guessed it, ferries:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714595

Ferry for Kobe starts from a different point, though, close to the local shipyard, with some bulkers on display:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714947

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714954

This was the ferry that took me to Kobe:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2540027

...to be continued...

14  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Japan (and the technology of uploading of photos) on: August 08, 2017, 08:16:37 am
I could not stay far away from Japan, obviously...

Last Wednesday I was told that Thursday and Friday were considered "mandatory vacation days", so I quickly devised a plan to visit Japan again, this time including some previously unknown (at least for me!) areas.

So I took a plane to Osaka, Kansai airport, got me a "Kansai Wide Area" railway pass, and decided to designate Aioi as my base for four days, because of its relatively central position, and the fact that the local "Toyoko Inn" hotel was so cheap that only sleeping on the street could beat its price.

Anyway. Day one, immediately after arriving at Osaka, started with the harbor tour; but without much to see. OK, maybe some container feeders, like this one:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714998

Then I took a train to Kobe, for the harbor tour there. Again, nothing much, but I did get to see some new submarines under construction at the local Mitsubishi yard:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714582

Then I stopped briefly below the Akashi bridge, to check on the local traffic:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714042

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2714601

...and that was Day 1.
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Japan (and the technology of uploading of photos) on: August 02, 2017, 04:15:14 am
Pieter, when downloading photos from SD cards to a computer/hard drive, I tag the folders with locations, while dates are added automatically. This way I keep track when I was where, while the names of vessels I've seen are kept in written form, and I do rely on internet search functions to check if I have already uploaded some ship's photo.

I could group the photos of a certain ship in separate folders, sure, but that would add another operation to my already a bit complicated procedure. Smiley
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