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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: 17 dead in harbour tour boat capsize in Missouri on: August 10, 2018, 07:41:31 pm
The latest news on this sad story:

http://gcaptain.com/u-s-coast-guard-convenes-marine-board-of-investigation-into-fatal-duck-boat-sinking/

2  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Offshore vessel arrested off Italian coast with drugs onboard on: August 10, 2018, 07:37:51 pm
Offshore supply/support vessel 'Remus' (IMO 8822428) arrested by the Italian authorities while sailing on the Mediterranean with the transponder off and with drugs onboard, hidden in the vessel fuel tanks:

http://gcaptain.com/italy-uncovers-massive-load-of-hash-in-ships-fuel-tanks/

Past photos of this vessel are available at the website:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/search.php?search_imo=8822428&page_limit=12&viewtype=1

3  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: 38 injured as harbour tour catamaran catches fire during a tour in Spain on: July 29, 2018, 12:08:45 pm
For the record, I just found a news item on this casualty in English. For those interested, please see below:

https://safety4sea.com/five-injured-after-fire-erupts-on-tourist-boat-in-spain/
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: 38 injured as harbour tour catamaran catches fire during a tour in Spain on: July 29, 2018, 10:35:49 am
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In my opinion the most relevant aspect of this type of accident is the hull material that is a  major danger itself in case of fire

Not to mention the potential toxicity of the fumes released by those materials during a blaze...

Highly cost effective construction materials, no doubt, which nevertheless increase the risk of a total loss in case a fire breaks out. It is a gamble. We all know that the risk of a fire breaking out on board is minimal nowadays, so we just hope that it will never happen...

Bad luck this time, it did happen and the 'Boramar' was quickly and irremediably doomed.

So, I couldn't agree more with the quoted statement...even if Rodman probably will totally disagree!

For more info on the composite materials used by the shipbuilder, please see below:

https://rodman.es/en/cms/3/advanced-composites-experiencia.html

Jose
(jdap)






5  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / 38 injured as harbour tour catamaran catches fire during a tour in Spain on: July 25, 2018, 07:50:29 pm
Looks like a bad season for harbour tour vessels.

Catamaran 'Boramar' was completely destroyed during a tour near O Grove (Ria de Arousa, Galicia, Spain) when a heavy fire broke out after the vessel collided with a mussel breeding floating platform in broad daylight, and close to port. There were 48 passengers on board, plus 3 crew members, all rescued in time. Two of the passengers were in serious condition (burns), and were taken by helo to a hospital at A Coruña.

The incident was picked up by the Spanish media. Unfortunately no report in English was found.

https://www.lavanguardia.com/sucesos/20180724/451089791445/heridos-incendio-catamaran-pontevedra.html

https://www.lavozdegalicia.es/noticia/arousa/o-grove/2018/07/24/dos-heridos-graves-arder-catamaran-frente-isla-toxa/00031532444669807289546.htm

The vessel was named 'Boramar', and has photos on the site, for example here:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1603770

The implication of these recent incidents with harbour tour boats is that maybe passenger safety on board needs to be increased, and maybe hosting some sort of light vessel evacuation simulation exercise (a drill) before each tour, or playing a detailed safety video before departure, could be introduced as mandatory pre-requisites for harbour tour vessel operators to comply with.

IMHO, the principle of 'SAFETY FIRST' should also apply to these types of vessels. Are we doing enough?

Jose
(jdap)
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Just booked a cargo cruise with CMA CGM. Advice for a great trip? on: July 24, 2018, 07:49:03 pm
Well, the vessel is now heading to Le Havre, with ETA there on the 5th August...I am curious to know whether Gratefuled will still be onboard for his adventure from Le Havre onwards, even if his trip has been postponed by ca. 1 month...

https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:191732/mmsi:235052035/imo:9317975/vessel:CMA_CGM_WHITE_SHARK

If he is, I wish him a great trip! And look forward to read his trip report afterwards, with all the pluses and minuses he has found on board, and on land.

Jose
(jdap)
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / 17 dead in harbour tour boat capsize in Missouri on: July 20, 2018, 08:03:18 pm
Sad news.

Almost hard to believe, but it may happen if the weather suddenly changes during the tour. If the tour is on a lake, as apparently was the case, sudden wind changes may be hard to predict and its consequences may be dramatic.

For more info on this fatality, please refer to:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/missouri-boat-accident-latest-capsizes-storm-tourists-dead-branson-table-rock-lake-a8455786.html

https://www.cbsnews.com/live/video/20180720140015-several-dead-after-duck-boat-sinks-during-storm-divers-search-for-survivors/
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Ken Smith, President Emeritus on: July 05, 2018, 09:06:37 pm
Very sad news indeed.

My condolences to his family and closest friends.

RIP, Ken, and thanks for everything.

Jose
(jdap)
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Ken Smith, President Emeritus on: June 30, 2018, 08:35:39 am
Hold on strong, Ken!

There are still many ships out there awaiting to be caught on camera by you. And there are thousands of us at Shipspotting awaiting to see your next batch of excellent shipping photography!

All the best, Ken. Get well very soon!

Keeping my fingers crossed for you, my webfriend!

Jose
(jdap)

10  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Cees Bustraan on: June 17, 2018, 09:27:18 am
Shocking news. Sad to hear. A great loss.

I have always appreciated Cees' contributions to the site. Since the early days of my membership here, I have always looked at his photos with respect, and as a source of inspiration for my own work.

My condolences to his loved ones.

Jose
(jdap)
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 11, 2018, 08:29:52 am
Good job, Heinrik!

I have been test-connecting to the site often for 48 hours now, and no trace of the annoying pop-ups anymore. All clear!

Accessing with Google Chrome running on W10 from near Lisbon, Portugal.

Thanks for your time and effort.

Rgds,

Jose
(jdap)
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 08, 2018, 07:03:36 pm
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Did an update on Java and problem disappeared right away.

...and hopefully you did not import a virus...

Have you run a virus scan afterwards? If affirm, what does the report say?
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 07, 2018, 08:08:25 am
I regret to inform the mysterious pop-up is still there this morning...

Sticky thing!

And it seems to appear at a perfectly random rate when accessing the website, not at log-in. Got it the first time seconds after the home page opened, closed the connection, re-connected to the site again, and this time no annoying interferences showed up.

Unfortunately, I am totally unaware as to what causes it. All I know is that it must be erradicated soon, or the site will suffer.
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 05, 2018, 09:04:42 pm
Just had it popping-up while accessing the site as usual, using Chrome on Windows 10.

Downloading suddenly in progress, stopped it and exited the site as advised above.

Re-accessed the site one more time again, logged-in, no trace of the Java 8.0 pop-up this time.

By the way, I had already logged-in to the site at least twice earlier today, after this thread had already been started, and no problem with pop-ups then.

Why I got it now is a mystery.

Thanks for the alerts, anyway.
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Bulk Carrier Crashes Into Historic Mansion in Bosphorus Strait on: April 08, 2018, 08:29:14 am
Indeed.

Crash with wooden building after a major breakdown in the engine room, so it seems. The historical building is seriously damaged. Nobody got hurt. Traffic in the Bosphorous was interrupted for hours.

The vessel is "Vitaspirit" (IMO 9231377), and she has photos available here:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/search.php?query=Vitaspirit&x=27&y=5

Casualty also reported here (in Portuguese):

https://24.sapo.pt/atualidade/artigos/navio-embate-contra-edificio-historico-na-margem-do-bosforo

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