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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: USS Guardian grounding on: January 21, 2013, 02:41:16 pm
Excellent images from Armed Forces of the Phillipines of the stricken vessel, which according to the article may be taking on water. The article and images are available at the MSNBC website at
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: P&O maybe interested in a Canadian ferry route on: September 18, 2012, 05:16:09 pm
Robbers? On a ferry between Yarmouth, NS and Bar Harbour, Maine? I think you are confusing this route with I don't know where. Certainly not Canada and Northern US. There are quite a few tourists who might like to take the ferry instead of the long trip through Northern Maine and New Brunswick. Maybe not enough to make it viable though....but robbers? Wrong part of the planet, bub.
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / GSF Grand Banks struck by Maersk Detector in White Rose Oilfield, offshore NFLD on: November 25, 2011, 06:33:09 pm
From Rigzone:

A Husky Energy Inc. oil-drilling rig off the coast of Newfoundland was damaged by a supply ship Thursday afternoon, a company spokeswoman said.

No one was hurt in the incident and no oil was spilled. The rig was finishing a water-injection well at Husky's West White Rose pilot program and the supply ship had docked with the rig to remove equipment before the rig headed to port for maintenance.

Production at White Rose was unaffected. Husky normally produces about 47,000 barrels of light oil a day from the White Rose fields, which are located about 200 miles east of the Newfoundland coastline.

The Husky spokeswoman said there was no damage to the structural integrity of either the drilling rig or the supply ship, owned by A.P. Moller-Maersk. Husky is still investigating the cause of the incident and assessing the cost of the damage.

From the local CBC news website more information was available.

What is strange is as can be seen from member Ken Watson's photo of the GSF Grand Banks here:, you can see boat bumpers on the two intermediate columns. This is the loading zone. I hope Ken or some other member can get a shot of the damaged column as it would instructive to see if the Detector hit outside the boat bumper zone. In any case this type of repair should be fairly rudimentary.
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Pushboat with 3 barges hits electrical tower, shuts down Port of Houston on: October 05, 2010, 04:56:44 pm
A pushboat with three barges collided with an electrical transmission tower spanning the Houston Ship Channel Sunday, shutting down the port. Officials feel the port will be open for traffic again late today.

Story and Video here.
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: what about spotting on the Suez Canal ?... on: August 21, 2010, 09:42:32 pm
Well, you can stay at the Hotel Sonesta Port Said in Part Said, Egypt at the north entrance to the canal and take pictures from your hotel room and who can object?

6  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Deep water Horizon Sinks on: April 22, 2010, 06:25:29 pm
Update: Deepwater Horizon has sunk offshore Louisiana. Article from CNN. See also: Video

Very unfortunate that these accidents occur. After having helped design and build (in my small way) these offshore platforms over the last 18 years, I can tell you safety is a major priority in the design of all systems. Also, because of the proper implementation of huge fines for even spilling a gallon of oil, zero discharge environmental design is now the norm.

However, accidents will happen. From this rig's location so close to shore, I'm willing to guess that they were finishing up a natural gas well (Update: I was wrong about this. Coast Guard states that the well had been producing 8000 Bbls of crude per day at the time of the accident) and they were setting the concrete casing in the hole for the next phase - transport of gas to a production platform or to an onshore natural gas plant. The pressures 10,000+ feet down are huge and at this stage the rig is transitioning the well from drilling to production. The rig uses 15000psi high pressure mud to "cap" the upward gas pressure while at the same time operating drill string and tools down the hole. Pressures from below fluctuate greatly and unfortunately it looks like a spike in pressure broke through, causing a blowout.

I know that CNN is prompting statistics comparing this industry to mining, but the safety standards on offshore drilling are very strenuously applied and while I have no experience in mining safety standards, I'm willing to think offshore drilling has much more oversight.

Condolences to the families of those workers missing and injured
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Loss of colour when posting photos on: March 15, 2010, 02:05:28 am
Hi Cody:

I think the problem is when you process your images you are using a color profile other than sRGB which is the web standard. When saving images, you need to check to see if your image processing software has a "Save for Web" function.
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Robert Allan takes photos without permission of the author on: February 15, 2010, 10:03:46 pm
Sorry for your trouble, Tino. Like I said, Robert Allan does have a pretty good reputation and I think a proper email from Derek as the webmaster representing Shipspotting would be very helpful. Also, as we all know, Derek can be very diplomatic and I'm sure it could get settled with ruffling any feathers. At the very least, a proper accreditation of the image. It is obviously the same image but it seems to have been edited to have SMBC's colors added to the superstructure. The sea trial image clearly shows the topsides partially painted. So someone worked on it.
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Robert Allan takes photos without permission of the author on: February 15, 2010, 03:51:08 am
One quick question to Tino. Were you working for or on contract with Moran or SMBC when you took these sea trial photos? and did you happen to share your images with the shipyard in Valencia?

The only reason I ask is that it is not unusual for a client to allow shipyards, designers and other major project contributers(engine and/or gearbox manuf) information and image permissions for the purpose of advertising/marketing. This is why I always had to be careful taking images at the shipyard as my posting images might violate corporate agreements between the shipyard and the client. That's why I was always pretty vague and circumspect with my descriptions. In this case, Robert Allan, no doubt would have an agreement with the Valencia Shipyard and with Moran/SMBC. Also, the naval architects would most probably be present or accept reports and photos of on going sea trials.

Of course, Tino could have just taken the images from the vessel he happened to be in and therefore a quick email to Robert Allan is in order.
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Robert Allan takes photos without permission of the author on: February 15, 2010, 01:21:26 am
Yes, ironic because the tug was originally designed by that firm. It's also ironic to those of us who have ever worked on ship design. Every drawing has a copyright notice on it. I had to explain to the VP of marketing and contracts at the shipyard that he shouldn't be using photos without permission. At least he saw the light when he saw the potential legal liability. Robert Allen has a good reputation and this may be a case where the marketing people need some education. Hopefully, an email to their marketing crowd might help clear this up. Ironic also that I tried to get a job there 20 years ago (has it been THAT long?).
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Who is Glenn Defense on: February 13, 2010, 04:00:50 am
Actually they are exactly that, contract for hire navy.

From the website:
Over the years, GMG has become one of the foremost and trusted brand names in marine and offshore logistics, maritime security and force protection. With 38 established subsidiaries in over 27 countries across the Asia-Pacific, it has an unsurpassed global reach.

Most likely in this case for logistics and supply. I doubt a Navy Frigate would need security protection from a bunch of tugs and a tanker.
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: " PETER M " ex 152 'fishing trawler built year 1947 by Bath Iron Works on: February 12, 2010, 04:59:52 pm
Oh well, the email came back undeliverable. So Fred, that's as far as I can go for now.
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: " PETER M " ex 152 'fishing trawler built year 1947 by Bath Iron Works on: February 12, 2010, 04:53:14 pm
To add more mess to the my internet search I found this from the boatnerd archives:

Quick Silver

From: Craig Workman
Location: port colborne
Email: cworkman at
Remote Name:
Date: 08/20/04
Time: 08:54:04 PM


Saw a unique looking trawler,tug going through the Welland canal with a very unique paint job called the Quicksilver anyone know the history on it? I did a search but nothing came up. thanks Craig

Unfortunately the photo link of the image is long gone.

I'm thinking the images I linked to were of an unrelated vessel, but who knows? I sent an email to the boatnerd poster but who knows if the email is still active?
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: " PETER M " ex 152 'fishing trawler built year 1947 by Bath Iron Works on: February 12, 2010, 04:08:38 pm
Well Fred, there doesn't seem to any images readily available here on Shipspotting but with the power of Google you can see possible images here:
and here:

The images seem to show a vessel in Turkey in April 2008 with the name Peter M, no idea if it is the same vessel.

The original name was Godefroy de Bouillon and it was one of a bunch of Trawlers built for the French Government from Oct 1947 to Feb 1949 - they must have been very busy putting out 32 Trawlers.
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Name and shame shippers who flout box weight rules on: February 10, 2010, 06:00:21 pm
Surely there are load cells in the container cranes, aren't there? Or is that the software glitch you refer? Our shipyard installed load cell systems on about 6 Jack-ups for the deck cranes in a safety measure to prevent crane operators from overloading the cranes. I would expect that the container crane would have a similar system, so the operator would know what the containers weigh when he's stacking them, preventing cargo filled containers being stacked on empty ones.

Excuse any ignorance I may have for container yard operations.
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