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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Server migration on: July 25, 2020, 10:24:19 am
Most viewed photos on homepage screen still suspended in time...
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: cma cgm orderbook on: July 15, 2020, 11:50:46 pm
That's good info, Roy.

Hyundai Samho ships (all LNG powered) will go in the following order: Tenere, Scandola, Iguacu, Bali, Symi, Arctic; hull numbers S990 to S995.
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / USS Bonhomme Richard explosion and fire on: July 13, 2020, 03:06:17 am
Looks like this will be the end of USS Bonhomme Richard. No casualties, so at least that's the good news.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/07/12/uss-bonhomme-richard-fire-san-diego-naval-base/5424436002/
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Unsharp pictures on: July 11, 2020, 03:13:10 pm
The photos on their page (after clicking on the thumbnail) never looked too sharp for me; it was only full size photos that looked nice and sharp. I do believe it's the algorithm that's used by the site, that large (but not full sized!) photos are compressed in a way that look a bit unsharp.
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: REEFERS on: June 30, 2020, 02:55:31 am
Gamcheon port in Busan, together with Busan anchorage is usually crawling with reefers, ranging from 50+ years old ones sailing under (usually) Russian flag, to freshly built "classic" reefers for South Korean owners. This, of course, is in addition to all the refrigerated container traffic, as Busan is one of the world's major container ports.

Bangkok does have more reefers posted here, but I think that's just because I've been lazy lately...
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 18, 2020, 11:58:36 pm
The photos uploaded during the time of the "incident" were overwritten by the newly uploaded photos. I've got my "Your photo has been successfully uploaded" page saved in my cache, by clicking on it I've got completely different photo.
There was also one interesting side effect, the comments given to the lost photos were attached to the newly uploaded ones (under the same number). Smiley
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 18, 2020, 01:29:32 pm
The site has been reset - and I think I got the exact moment when it happened - but the comments to now non-existent photos are still here...
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 18, 2020, 12:04:20 pm
21.00 Tokyo Standard Time, the site is all over the place... Smiley
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Stellar Banner scuttled in Atlantic Ocean on: June 17, 2020, 10:00:42 am
Maybe this list needs some explanation.


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List of recent VLOC incidents:

     Vale Beijing sustains structural damage during loading in 2011
     Stellar Daisy foundered with all hands in 2017
     Stellar Unicorn finds structural damage in 2017 and later sold for scrap
     Stellar Queen sustains cracks on main deck in 2017 while sailing in ballast
     Stellar Cosmo sustains structural damage while searching for survivors of the Stellar Daisy and later sold for scrap in 2017
     Stellar Banner strikes bottom and later declared total constructive loss in 2020


First, let's remove "Vale Beijing" and "Stellar Banner", as they clearly don't belong with the rest.

Both "Vale Beijing" and "Stellar Banner" were (are) purpose built VLOC vessels, while the rest were crude oil tanker conversions.

"Stellar Unicorn" (ex-Musashi Spirit), built in 1993 and converted to ore carrier in 2009.
"Stellar Daisy" (ex-Sunrise III), 1993/2008. Also, she did not "founder with all hands", as there were 2 survivors.
"Stellar Queen" (ex-Hydra Star), 1994/2010.
"Stellar Cosmo" (ex-Suzuka), 1992/2008.

I think I will not be too far off when I say that they were pushed to their limits by their owners, to try to squeeze the last dime from their service.

The reasons why "Vale Beijing" almost foundered during her first loading... will maybe be published one day.
As for a VLOC (or any other ship type, for that matter) to sustain irreparable damage after grounding, this is nothing new, and may well be completely unconnected to her design characteristics.

"Valle Beijing" incident did prompt many actions (and the vessel and her sisters continue to trade to this very day), but there was no word of VLOC design review in general after the grounding of "Stellar Banner".
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Stellar Banner scuttled in Atlantic Ocean on: June 17, 2020, 06:48:05 am
The video blew my mind.

She went down like a stone; her funnel detached at the end, and sunk some seconds later. Having seen the "Derbyshire" sinking animation, where it was claimed that the bulker sank within two minutes from the moment of the collapse of the first hatch cover, now I think it could have been even quicker than that...
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Stolen photos on Instagram on: June 10, 2020, 04:07:33 am
Instagram has started working according to the new set of rules, disabling accounts with specific number of violations within specific period of time, so maybe it's the case here.
I have reported this account couple of months ago, and Instagram's action was (unexpectedly) quick. Next time I've reported it for the same stealing behavior, Instagram gave me a little more trouble, but still deleted the content I've reported eventually.
It seems to be more difficult for the copyright holder to prove his/her case than it is for the shady instagram account owner to steal the photos, but copyright owners can prevail in the end (like in this case)...
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Searching for photographers on: May 12, 2020, 07:49:17 am
All three drop down menus under "Photographer and photo location" in "Advanced search" not working.
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Japanese Ship Names on: May 05, 2020, 04:32:33 am
Tempting, even at this price.

Otherwise, cross-referencing various blogs and pages against visible official numbers and names can take a lot of time; when the names are written in hiragana or katakana letters, that's not so difficult, but since the Japanese ship names are mostly written in kanji symbols, deciphering them can become a real task...

IHS database that I use has been a great help for me, but this Japanese register would be the best source, obviously.
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Your worst memory when you were trying to spot or take pictures of the ships? on: May 02, 2020, 02:12:14 pm
Getting detained for trespassing.
Getting chased (and bitten) by dogs.
Tripping and falling, with blood all over the place, several times.
Getting my car stuck on an icy road in the middle of the forest, in the night, with wolves howling nearby.
Making a "leap of faith" after being unable to climb down the cliff fifty meters above ground.
Being called a spy and had the police called on me.
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Oh, wait, that's my other hobby.

Ship spotting wise, I had my share of losing equipment and missed opportunities, but the worst memory of every ship spotting trip was time not spent with the "significant other". Smiley
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Tracking Gone Haywire on: April 23, 2020, 05:50:26 am
AIS tracking is only as accurate as are those who provide the data to the sites you've mentioned. If those AIS receiving stations are off line, then the coverage will simply cease to exist.

Paid AIS services are significantly better, but even they are not 100% reliable.

In my part of the world, I am happy if I even get tracking with 24 hours delay... Smiley

Cheers

Vlad
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