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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Future Local Shipping Events on: April 16, 2018, 01:22:23 pm
Poster for Scottish Maritime Heritage Exhibition on 21st April attached.
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Belfast - Any photographic viewpoints? on: December 15, 2017, 12:12:26 pm
Will be visiting Belfast next February and staying in the "Titanic Quarter" (basically around the old H&W shipyard). Have studied photographs and google maps and there appear to be some vantage points for viewing/photographing anything in the port.

Anyone local or those that have tried offer any guidance as to good spots to spot from please?

Many thanks in advance

Andrew aka Riverman2903
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: photographing in constanta romania on: August 07, 2017, 12:00:25 pm
Peter,

A search of the internet has thrown up many images of a very large and industrial port, from the images I looked at it seems public access is non-existent but that was just from the images - local knowledge is a wonderful thing!

This first one shows one (the only one?) tug berth, the 2 on the right look very familiar, an ex Tees and an ex Alexandra Towing - a former Sun?

http://media.gettyimages.com/photos/port-of-constanta-romania-picture-id575362239?s=170667a

The second image shows more of the breakwater but doesn't look pedestrian friendly! The photo's appear to have been taken from a cruise ship so maybe that's a clue that might give you public access?

Facinating research!

Regards

Andrew

http://media.gettyimages.com/photos/port-of-constanta-romania-picture-id575362409?s=170667a
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Leith Docks on: August 01, 2017, 08:42:10 pm
Hi Mike, yes they normally do.

If you go into the Shopping Centre in Leith (Ocean Terminal) and up to the 2nd floor where the restaurants are there is an open air walkway that runs alongside so you should be looking slightly down on her as she should be moored to the left with Britannia on the right as you come out onto the walkway.

If you want to get photo's of any merchant ships then I think the 2nd or 3rd floor of the Multi story car park looks down onto the active commercial area (if you using public transport you can still get up into the car park no problem).

Your other alternative is to head for an ASDA superstore on Sandpiper Drive - Postcode EH6 6NX and that is on the opposite side of the dock looking East towards the Ocean Terminal. There were some laid-up Offshore vessels there last time I was down so that could be your landmark when looking west from the terminal - although I'm not 100% they still there. -

see photo http://www.shipspotting.com/photos/middle/4/2/8/2550824.jpg

Good luck - not the best time to be in Edinburgh as the festival is about to kick off so expect crowds and heavy rain!!!!

But enjoy anyway.

Andrew
(exiled Londoner living in the Far North of Scotland!)

5  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Grangemouth viewpoint on: July 13, 2017, 08:57:04 pm
Chris,

I re-posted your question on a railforum up here (most of us have in interest in more than one form of transport!) and from my own (limited) knowledge and local people on the ground said a resounding NO as there are security gates on the roads you have highlighted. Sorry! Our best advice is to view from either North or South Queensferry or if you have a head for heights the cycle/pathway on the existing Forth Road Bridge. Traffic into Grangemouth is not heavy so if you have transport you will have to sit in car and watch AIS for movements.

If you want to get on the water there is the boat from South Queensferry to Inchcolm Island (worth doing). You could get the earliest ferry and spend day on Island and you will see anything that is moving plus have the Forth Rail Bridge as a backdrop. The ferry also passes 2 major oil/gas terminals so you may get lucky with a movement.

Hope this helps, any questions please let us know and do our best to provide an answer.

ps. If you are North of the Border then very worthwhile going up to Aberdeen as it's a very (by modern security standards anyway) open port with plenty of viewpoints plus harbour boat tours too.

Andrew
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: HMS Queen Elizabeth in Invergordon on: July 10, 2017, 11:08:38 am
Report and photo's can be found here.

Irony - the first time a British warship has been towed into the former navy base by German tug (Bugsier 3)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-40554822
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / HMS Queen Elizabeth in Invergordon on: July 08, 2017, 11:15:02 pm
HMS Queen Elizabeth currently (Saturday evening 08/07)moored at Invergordon.

Good to see the navy back in town although technically not RN yet as still flying Red Ensign. Surprised to see a clear AIS signal from her, perhaps the Navy are publicity aware and are happy for us to know where she is (for now).

Riverman2903. 
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Isle of Sheppy viewpoint? on: June 15, 2017, 11:25:35 am
Hello Tim, no insult was intended re: local's and cameras, that's why I added a  Wink

As you say it's a problem anywhere, I tend to keep my camera in it's case and then put that in a supermarket carrier bag when I'm somewhere I don't know (or do know!)

Andrew
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Isle of Sheppy viewpoint? on: June 13, 2017, 03:45:13 pm
ps. He is pretty active on Facebook with lots of his photo's being posted on the 'Coastal Shipping' page.
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Isle of Sheppy viewpoint? on: June 13, 2017, 03:42:45 pm
Ted Ingham is your man that should be able to advice (see link to his profile).

Last time I was in Sheerness (a good few years ago) inbound traffic was reasonably close to sheerness beach - at the port end - to get reasonable shots. Just keep your camera equipment safe out of sight from the locals...;-)

Peel Ports do not publish expected arrivals/departures so it's down to watching AIS to see what's moving I'm afraid.


http://forum.shipspotting.com/index.php?action=profile;u=641
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: NEW Journalist seeking help in Jeddah on the 30th. of May on: May 29, 2017, 08:54:59 pm
I have no idea how safe Jeddah is for ship spotters taking photo's in a restricted port area, I suspect not very unless you are crew on a ship so the chances of you finding an enthusiast willing to risk it must be very small.

Have you tried doing a search on here for anyone local? In the top right corner of the main page you will see a SEARCH box. If you select the 'Advance search' option and then select 'Jordan' as the country that will bring up photo's that have been taken and the name of the photographer; you can contact the relevant member via this page.

Good luck.

Riverman
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: New operator for Tilbury/Gravesend Ferry on: April 16, 2017, 12:05:59 pm
Farewell Duchess M, welcome back the "plastic peril"  Sad   

Certainly capable of providing a 'lively' crossing if caught in the wake of anything bigger!

"THAMES SWIFT is a Class V passenger vessel capable of carrying 50 persons.  She is a fast ferry trimaran design unique to the Thames and is specially designed to use V shaped berths commonly found around the port to provide safe and easy boarding"
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: New tug for Portsmouth (UK) on: February 18, 2017, 02:40:11 pm

http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:4806417/mmsi:235118697/vessel:SD%20TEMPEST
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Aberdeen Harbour Access on: January 16, 2017, 11:29:16 pm
Hi Mike,

You won't get access waterside but otherwise it's one of the best 'open' ports in Scotland! Providing the weather is good (it sometimes is!)then you can walk from the end of the beach prom (Footdee) all around the outside of the harbour and around to the other side up to Battery Point/Golf Course. Depends how often you stop but I have done it in around an hour to 90 minutes. If walking (or driving) I'd suggest doing it on a Sunday when quayside activity in reduced so you can make frequent stops and peep into the various gates/access points. Just don't be tempted to venture past the gates.

The best place for 'underway' shots is up at the battery but is very exposed in bad weather so you really need a car for that as there is no shelter but it's a popular place when the weather is fine.

Another location is the car park opposite the maritime museum - if you pick the top floors you can get some interesting views of ships virtually in the city centre.

There are also harbour trips - https://www.clydecruises.com/clydecruises/aberdeen-harbour-cruise/

Hope that helps. Drop me a message if you want anymore info.

Enjoy.

Andrew
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Paul Mason's Thames Shipping website down? on: January 16, 2017, 11:11:49 pm
Ditto. I always looked on a Sunday/Monday for news and that weeks photographs. Site been down for about 8 weeks, just had a look on the Thames Ship Society website and that still has the link to a dead website address.

 

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