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1  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:

More info here (in Italian):

2  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:

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...

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

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:
4  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:

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.

5  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:

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):

6  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:

7  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:

Past photos of this vessel are available at the website:

8  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:
9  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
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:


10  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.

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

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?

11  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...

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.

12  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:
13  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.

14  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!


15  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.

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