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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Comments to my Photos on: July 16, 2019, 12:59:25 pm
...and while posting my above comment, I got the following message from the system:

"
Database Error: Got error 28 from storage engine
File: /www/www/smf1/Sources/Subs-Post.php
Line: 1410
"

When I tried to re-submit, I got a normal system message warning me that the message had already been submitted. And, in fact, I re-opened the Forum, checked it, and true enough, my entry had already been posted, and was perfectly legible.

What is going on?

Jose
(jdap)
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Comments to my Photos on: July 16, 2019, 12:54:33 pm
Unfortunately, the problem described above is still blocking my viewing of new comments by this date. Very annoying.

Jose
(jdap)
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Another scary near miss at Venice involving a large cruise ship on: July 07, 2019, 07:49:43 pm
Cruise ship Costa Deliziosa (IMO 9398917) almost hit the quay at Riva Sette Martiri while leaving the Venice lagoon today under a heavy storm with strong wind gusts. A private yacht and a couple of 'vaporetti' (typical Venice ferries) also escaped unscattered. Images taken at the scene are simply dramatic (see below).

https://video.corriere.it/cronaca/venezia-nave-crociera-rischia-l-incidente-basta-basta-sfiorata-tragedia/bbf061e2-a0e2-11e9-b20c-12356eab285e

https://gazzettadelsud.it/video/cronaca/2019/07/07/tempesta-a-venezia-una-nave-della-costa-crociere-rischia-di-finire-contro-la-riva-video-fe46a0ca-e91f-4e6a-a2fb-c572810f99a6/

Costa Deliziosa is 294m long and 32.3m wide, and has gross tonnage of 92720 t. Her capacity is 2826 pax (crew:1100)



4  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Death of a fellow member on: June 03, 2019, 03:29:04 pm
RIP, Angel.

You have been, and will always be, missed.

Jose
(jdap)
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Cruise ship MSC OPERA fails docking manoeuver at Venice and hits river vessel on: June 02, 2019, 07:48:01 pm
Ciao Federico,

You are right, the river vessel involved in this incident is indeed the 'River Countess', not the 'Michelangelo' as the early morning news reported.

The 'River Countess' (ENI: 07001802, MMSI: 244780776) is also covered at the site. For those interested, please visit the webpage below:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/search.php?query=River+Countess&x=38&y=7

Saluti,

Jose
(jdap)
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Cruise ship MSC OPERA fails docking manoeuver at Venice and hits river vessel on: June 02, 2019, 08:29:27 am
MSC OPERA (IMO 9250464) has failed to land safely this morning at the Venice Guidecca docks, and has hit the river cruise vessel MICHELANGELO, long 110m. Five injured, including one passenger on board the cruise ship.

https://www.ilgazzettino.it/nordest/venezia/venezia_scontro_navi_crociera-4532171.html

Dramatic live scenes of the collision are available:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70_jyYpnVcs

MSC OPERA is a 275m long passenger vessel, high 54m. With a GT of 65,591 t, she can accomodate 2,679 pax in 1,071 cabins. Crew: 728.

MICHELANGELO has photos available at the site. For example:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2942036



7  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Ro-Ro cargo TOLLAN on: May 29, 2019, 10:41:13 pm
Hi Derek,

Again many thanks for all your help, and for relaying your friend's inputs through to SS Forum for my benefit.

With all the info in this thread, the Tollan rebus appears to be solved now.

Best regards,

Jose
(jdap)
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Ro-Ro cargo TOLLAN on: May 28, 2019, 08:14:45 am
Hi Derek,

Great detective work!

And your last link allowed me to see a rare photo of the vessel afloat, a sight never seen before:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Nn_7YhX1SxA/UhELxhujSAI/AAAAAAAAJeg/Tr-bq_mfA6M/s1600/scan0208.jpg

Many thanks for the great research!

Best regards,

Jose
(jdap)
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Ro-Ro cargo TOLLAN on: May 24, 2019, 09:12:48 am
Hi Stefan,

Many thanks for the info. Everything helps, of course.

By the way, we are talking about a rather small cargo vessel here, with:

GT:   2800 t
DWT:   4628 t

Her casualty inside the Lisbon harbour was a most unusual event. It brought about the total loss of an almost brand new vessel. Hence my interest in this case.

Best regards,

Jose
(jdap)
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Ro-Ro cargo TOLLAN on: May 17, 2019, 10:58:01 am
I am looking for photos of the wreckage of Ro-Ro cargo TOLLAN (IMO 7815674) that capsized in the Lisbon harbour in 1980.

No trace of this vessel is to be found in the Shipspotting database.

The only photos I found can be seen below:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/lebreirohenriques/7088746531/in/photostream/

They have an historical value. Having this vessel covered also at the website would be a plus for the community, IMHO. Can anybody help?

More on this story below:

http://www.cm-lisboa.pt/en/city-council/history/lisboa-disasters-history/1980-sinking-of-the-british-vessel-tollan
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Two ferries collide at Olbia (Sardinia) due to strong winds on: January 26, 2019, 04:41:23 pm
Ferries Cruise Bonaria (IMO 9220330) of the Grimaldi Lines and Athara (IMO 9263655) of Tirrenia have collided at the port of Olbia two days ago, after a 25m drift due to strong winds.

Nobody got injured, and damage was minor.

Scenes are dramatic, however:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viuuOaOFifg

More info here (in Italian):

https://www.ilmessaggero.it/italia/traghetti_grimaldi_tirrenia_collisione-4253379.html


12  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Anyone around Magnetic Island (Townville, Australia)? on: December 18, 2018, 12:06:40 pm
Hi folks,

I have just come across some info about a shipwreck that, over time, has turned into an artificial island, with a flora and fauna of its own. I found it intriguing, and also most interesting. Unfortunately, is totally out of my reach Cry

It is located not far from Townville, Australia, just off the shores of Magnetic Island. The vessel was named 'City of Adelaide', and apparently grounded after a major fire in 1916. Some info on this wreck is available on the internet:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-31/forgotten-shipwrecks-of-magnetic-island-tourism-bid/9795918

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dk2clhwwPt0

I searched the site, but I did not see any images of this particular wreck. I wander if there is (or will be, eventually) a member of the shipspotting community nearby, and that may contribute some photos. That would be nice to have at the site, I think.

Just a suggestion, of course...

13  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Cruise Ausonia engine room fire on: October 31, 2018, 02:27:52 pm
Indeed.

Apparently the fire broke out on an overheated oily patch due to oil spillage from one of the vessel engines.

All 262 pax onboard where asked to follow emergency procedures, and be ready to evacuate ship in case of need. No evacuation was necessary, and the vessel was able to return safely to Palermo on 3 engines and at low speed (6 kn).

For more on this story please see below:

http://www.ilsecoloxix.it/p/italia/2018/10/28/ADFv18KC-incendio_grimaldi_nessun.shtml

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eO0fwFLtRUU
 
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Collision ropax ULYSSE / Container ship CSL VIRGINIA on: October 09, 2018, 09:39:56 am
More info (in Italian) and photos at the scene of this absurd collision available here:

http://www.rainews.it/dl/rainews/media/Collisione-tra-mercantili-a-nord-della-Corsica-chiazza-di-carburante-di-4-km-8f888c24-f505-40ee-8728-2b6a7341a292.html#foto-1

Concerns now are on how to quickly and swiftly control the extensive fuel spillage before it ends up hitting the coast and causing extensive environmental damage there.

15  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Pioneer vessel ‘Energy Observer’ to visit more than 100 ports during her 1st WT on: September 25, 2018, 09:36:09 am
Lisbon is the current port of call of the ‘Energy Observer’. At least, on paper.

The ‘Energy Observer’ (MMSI 227802680) is the result of a EU sponsored, French-lead, alternative energies research project, applied to shipping. She is the first hydrogen propelled vessel to be built, and is fully environmentally friendly. Hydrogen is recovered directly from the water (H2O) through electrolysis, at a rate of 4Nm3 of H per hour, at 30 bars. Hydrogen is then compressed to 350 bars and stored in the onboard tanks. There are 2 x 4 tanks onboard with a capacity of 322 L each, for a total of 62 kg of hydrogen fuel. The hydrogen is then used to generate electricity.

The ‘Energy Observer’ is a dual keel vessel of the catamaran type. She is 30.5m long, and has a beam of 12.8m. The vessel is propelled by 2 x 41 kW highly efficient electrical motors, turning at 3000 rpm. With a weight of 30 tons, she can navigate at a speed of 8 to 10 knots. Most probably this is still not enough for the commercial deployment of the technology and for its widespread use by the next generation vessels of the maritime industry at large, but this project may be a leap forward, and maybe the start of new vessel propelling era. Maybe one day in the future ships will be able to move away from fossil fuels and use, in alternative, an eco-compatible, fully renewable fuel extracted free of charge from the sea water they sail on.  Port bunkering tankers may very well be doomed by then…But still a long way to go at the current pace of development, by the looks of it.

More information on this project can be obtained from their website:

http://www.energy-observer.org/en/

During her 1st World Tour underway, the ‘Energy Observer’ will visit 50 countries and make 101 port calls over a 6 year period.

Lisbon should have been stopover number 33 of her tour. According to the published schedule, she was supposed to be anchored in Lisbon when I went there last Saturday, the 22nd September. She was expected to be visible from downtown.  That was confirmed by the staff at the accompanying exhibition tent on land, which I visited with interest before I set out on a search for the vessel. But she was not in sight…neither off the downtown area, nor anywhere else within sight in the Lisbon harbour. End-result: no photos. No visits either. A big disappointment. So the only image of her I managed to obtain was the photo of a scale, miniature model on display at the exhibition, and which I share below (for the record, and for the benefit of those who take an interest in this project and prototype):


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